Tara Adams is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner certified through The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board. She also holds a Critical Care Registered Nurse certification. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing degree through South University in Savannah, Georgia where she graduated with highest honors. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, as the class Valedictorian, with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the American Nurses Credentialing Center as well as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Tara has been in the medical field for 17 years and discovered her passion for pain management after becoming a bedside nurse. She earned her RN-BSN and went to work in the Coronary Care Unit at UF Health Jacksonville, after graduation, where she was a progressive care nurse. She moved on to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Medical Center in Downtown Jacksonville where she did bedside nursing as well as post-operative open heart and vascular surgical recovery. While earning her MSN, she did her Graduate Project in Nursing on patient education, self-management and support of patients with Heart Failure. It was in the CVICU that Tara learned the importance of education and follow up in patients with chronic disease. She firmly believes that self-empowerment through education and follow-up ultimately gives patients the ability to self-manage which is one of the main goals of care when dealing with chronic diseases.
Tara is also a wife and mother of three active children. Her three children, Bayleigh 19, Bryce 15, and Brodie 11, keep her very busy attending lacrosse games. She is very proud of her children’s accomplishments as they continue to do well academically while staying active and volunteering in the community. Bayleigh is attending Florida State University and plans to attend law school after graduation. Tara is also an animal lover and has a full house with two dogs and three cats as well.
In her spare time, she enjoys vacationing to either the mountains or the Florida Keys with family. She also loves to work out and cook.