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Heather Coats serves as a clinical instructor at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing. She is currently teaching in the Traditional BSN program.
She completed her Master of Science in Nursing in May 1996. This educational program allowed her to obtain her adult nurse practitioner certification, completed in January 2007, and work as an oncology and palliative care nurse practitioner at a large western academic and NCCN-designated comprehensive cancer center. Prior to returning to school for her graduate degree, she worked in many different roles as a bachelor’s-prepared RN since 1996, mostly specializing in the care of oncology, palliative care and hospice patients. She has been an active member in Sigma Theta Tau since 2006, as well as the Oncology Nursing Society, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Southern Nursing Research Society and Western Institute of Nursing Research, in which she holds the position of governor representative of student members (2013-2015).
At this time, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. Her dissertation research topic is exploring cross-cultural aspects of psycho-social-spiritual healing for patients with serious and life limiting illnesses.
Through education, research and practice, her main efforts are focused toward improving the quality of care for patients and their families as they face serious and life limiting illnesses across the continuum of multiple health-care delivery systems.
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216