Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar


Villanova University
PhD Student

Tara Sacco is an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist with over 12 years of critical care nursing and education experience. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY; her Master’s in Leadership of Healthcare Systems from the University of Rochester; and her post-Master’s Certificate as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist from St. John Fisher College. In her current role, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College and a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Adult Critical Care Service. Tara has published and presented locally and nationally on topics such as family support groups, quality improvement projects, the generations in the workforce, and compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue in critical care nursing. She is a member of multiple professional organizations and has served on the board of the local American Association of Critical-Care Nurses chapter. Recently, she was award the Outstanding Achievements in Research/Evidenced Based Practice Award from the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Nurse Educator Award from Genessee Valley Nurses Association. In 2012, she received the Clinical Nurse Specialist Award from St. John Fisher College and was a Nurse of the Year finalist in the Advanced Practice Nursing Category for the March of Dimes. She is completing her PhD in Nursing from Villanova University, where her dissertation topic seeks to investigate the influence of the work environment on the development of compassion satisfaction and/or compassion fatigue in critical care nurses.