Tacy is the current President of the newly chartered Northern New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and founder of Advance Choices, an organization that provides community education on the importance of advance care planning and advocacy for hospice and palliative care programs. As a member of NHPCO’s (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) Advocacy Network, she visits the Hill to advocate and affect public policy to improve end of life care. Tacy recently worked in the Program Development Department of RWJ/Barnabas/VNA Hospice and Palliative Care as an RN hospice liaison. She was responsible for community education on the benefits of hospice and palliative care and advance care planning, evaluated patients for hospice eligibility and appropriateness then transitioned patients from the Acute care setting to the community. While working for Metro Jewish Health System (MJHS) Hospice in NYC, she obtained her certification in hospice and palliative care (CHPN).
She is passionate about Transcultural Nursing and believes that cultural congruent care is a “basic human right”. In her book, The Last Mile of the Way, Tacy concludes that training and matching culturally diverse front-line staff with the communities served is essential. She recognizes that communities of color are negatively impacted and there is inequity and disparity to access quality end of life care. Tacy was recently honored to be selected to participate on HPNA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Belonging (D.E.I.B) Task Force.
Tacy also serves as an advisory board member of the New Jersey Death with Dignity Chapter, which educates and promotes medical aid in dying as an end-of-life option, and Bevival.com, a death literacy platform which produces edutainment about end-of-life choices.
She has dedicated over forty years to the health care arena.