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Carey Heck, PhD, CRNP

Contact Dr.  Heck

901 Walnut Street
Suite 815
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-5264


PhD- Villanova University (2015)
MSN University of Pennsylvania (1998)
MS Health Education St. Joseph’s University (1994)
BSN Villanova University (1987)



University Appointment

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Research and Clinical Interests

Moral distress
Neuroscience critical care
Novice nurse transition

Professional Organizations

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International
Phi Kappa Phi

Presentations and Awards

Podium Presentations:

Moral distress in novice and experienced nurses: Implications for neuroscience nurses. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. April 12, 2016

Management of Complications in Acute Spinal Cord Injury. Evidenced-Based Care of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries Conference. Queens Medical Center, Oahu, Hawaii. February 20, 2016

Developing a critical care curriculum for nurse practitioners for the neuro ICU. 5th Annual Neurocritical Care Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. January 29, 2016

Moral Distress in the acute care setting: Does age matter? American Association of Critical Care Nurses Southeastern PA Chapter Research Conference, Philadelphia, PA. November 5, 2015

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: Diagnostic and treatment challenges. TRENDS in Critical Care, Valley Forge PA. October 9, 2015

The nuts and bolts of intracranial monitoring. TRENDS in Critical Care, Valley Forge PA. September 30, 2014

Let’s talk: A case study of medical futility. TRENDS in Critical Care, Valley Forge PA. September 30, 2014

2011 recipient of the Excellence in Neuroscience Education from American Association of Neuroscience Nurses


Heck, C. (2016). Invasive neuromonitoring. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 28, 77-86.

Hinkle, J & Heck, C. (2015) Monitoring for neurologic dysfunction. In K. Booker (Ed.), Monitoring and Treatment in Critical Care Nursing: Best Practice for Adult Care. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Darnell, K., Heck, C., Merchant, K., Myers, C.S., Smith, K., Starkweather, A. (2012). Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery: A Guide to Preoperative and Postoperative Patient Care. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Clinical Practice Guideline Series. Glenview, IL: American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.


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