65 over 65 - Maria Tackett
Congratulations to Maria Tackett, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee Luncheon to be held on June 1, 2018.
Pearl of Wisdom
"I have tried to work in a way that does not allow the standards of our profession to be diminished or let my personal integrity be compromised."
About the Honoree
Maria has been a nurse for 45 years, and has served 20 years in the 405th Combat Support Hospital in the U.S. Army Reserves!
At age 57, Maria was deployed to Anbar Province, Iraq for 9 months, and was in charge of the emergency room for Combat Support Hospital which treated approximately 2,800 marines, soldiers and allied forces. After returning from the deployment, Maria served as the Chief Nurse of the 405th Combat Support Hospital and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Her military responsibilities included developing standards for trauma, field training exercises and mass casualty incidents. She provided trauma training for hundreds of military nurses and medics. Maria was a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff Officers Program.
In her current role, Maria is the Nurse Director of Professional Practice at Hartford Hospital where she provides leadership and oversees the Nursing Education Department as well as the Nurse Residency Program. She has held leadership positions as a Nurse Manager in ICU at Middlesex Hospital; Director in Neuro-Trauma ICU& Neuro-Trauma units at Hartford Hospital; and Director of the Emergency Department at Hartford Hospital. She has held clinical staff nursing positions at Hartford Hospital, where she started her nursing career, and at William Backus Hospital. Maria holds very high standards to the profession of nursing and practices these values every day. She works tirelessly to "Teach, Coach and Mentor" which is one of the 10 leadership behaviors at Hartford Healthcare.
Her personal mission has been to develop trauma nursing as a distinct specialty. There have been several opportunities in her civilian and military career to contribute to the role of the nurse in trauma. Through direct practice and as an educator, she has worked towards enhancing initial stabilization measures, care in the ICU and along the continuum of care as well as in injury prevention. One of the most valuable lessons Maria learned from caring for trauma patients is their capacity to survive injury, particularly when optimal care is provided. She has had the opportunity to practice both in the civilian sector as well as in the military because of the relevance of the nursing profession and that it is essential everywhere.
Maria is currently an adjunct faculty Member at UCONN School of Nursing and has held similar roles at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, the University of St. Joseph, and Southern Connecticut State University.
Maria has earned a number of certifications: Critical Care (CCRN); Emergency Nursing (CEN); Trauma Nursing (TCRN); Instructor for Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC-I); is a member of the Trauma Committee for Emergency Nurses Association; and has co-authored topic briefs for the ENA website on TEG, spinal precautions and strangulation. She received the Beverly Koerner Outstanding Alumni Award for Education in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and an award from Sigma Theta Tau International.
Maria received her BSN in 1972 from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing; a Masters in Education from Central Connecticut State University; a Masters in Nursing Administration from the University of Connecticut; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford.
Congratulations Maria, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!