Welcome Tara Mager
Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation’s new nurse manager — Tara Mager, MSN, RN, CRRN— has joined the team with a wealth of experience and passion for rehabilitation nursing.
Tara said, “I love my profession. It is very rewarding to work in the rehabilitation field and to help patients through their recovery as they work to achieve as much independence as possible. It is incredible to be a part of that process.”
When she was 17, Tara started out as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and realized that she really liked the medical field. After deciding between occupational therapy or nursing, she decided that nursing was the right fit. However, she found that she was extremely passionate about rehab because she liked being able to see her patients progress from intake to discharge.
After receiving a master of science in nursing from Kean University, she started working in the acute rehabilitation hospital setting. Throughout the next 22 years, she worked as a charge/staff nurse, evening hospital supervisor, assistant nurse manager, clinical nurse manager in the neuro-specialty unit, stroke program coordinator and hospital education coordinator.
In her new role as Bacharach’s nurse manager, Tara is responsible for the management of the nursing staff and patients. She oversees clinical practice and delivery of patient care to ensure excellence and compliance with professional, regulatory and government standards.
Tara likes being a member of the Bacharach team because of the collaboration and dedication of every staff member. She said, “I enjoy the pride that the Bacharach staff has and how the entire unit works collaboratively with the same vision and goals. Everyone wants to make a difference and do what is best for the patient.”
In addition to working as nurse manager, Tara teaches a course on living with chronic illnesses at Kean University as part of their BSN program. She is active with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and certified as a crisis preventive instructor (CPI), a basic life support (BLS) instructor by the American Heart Association and holds stroke scale certification from the National Institutes of Health.