Heather Teller is a Virginia-based nurse educator and acute care facility staff development coordinator. For the past eight years, she has worked on the subject of delirium as part of an interdisciplinary team at Riverside Health System. During that time, she developed the nursing education program to help reduce hospital-acquired delirium and aid in the treatment of those who are at risk of or are experiencing delirium.
Ms. Teller received her early training in education, psychology, and history from Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Old Dominion University. She taught various subjects in the Virginia public school setting before pursuing her interests in nursing and health care, where she has worked for more than 10 years. After becoming a licensed RN, becoming a certified medical surgical nurse, and earning her BSN from Old Dominion University, she blended the skills and knowledge obtained as a teacher with her love of nursing and desire to train nursing staff, becoming a nurse educator. She remains dedicated to the mission of increasing knowledge and sharing a love of learning and serving with nursing staff in multiple settings.
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