Being a Cardinal Nurse

October 9, 2019

Message from the Dean

By choosing the University of Louisville, School of Nursing, you are pursuing a path to be a Cardinal Nurse. This means that you will embrace the eight CARDINAL Principles:

–C–Community of Care.
Care for self, care for one another as the Cardinal Family, and care for the community beyond as the Human family. We are a community—not just a collection of individuals.

–A–Accountability to the Team.
We keep our promises. We own mistakes. We are accountable to the team.

–R–Respect, irrespective of position.
We respect each other’s humanity and dignity, no matter what our positions in the organization are. We also respect our right to differing and conflicting positions on issues.

–D–Diversity and Inclusion.
We celebrate diversity of thought, of life experiences, of perspectives. We know as our state motto states, United We Stand. We want everyone, in the richness of all of their many unique and intersecting identities to feel included in the Cardinal fold.

–I–Integrity and Transparency. We will be true to our mission of an urban research university to create, disseminate and apply knowledge. Integrity is our collective commitment to make decisions with the best interests of our university in mind.

–N–Noble Purpose.
Each of us will identify for ourselves the way in which we make a difference. We know we must solve the problems of access and affordability to give everyone the opportunity to find and pursue their own noble purpose.

We will recognize that things change and when they do, we must change things. We know that when adaptation in an organization does not keep pace with adaptation in the environment, the organization will not survive.

–L–Leadership. We recognize that management is a position but leadership is an activity. We will all behave as owners of the University of Louisville because we are. We are U of L is not just a hashtag or a slogan. It is our declaration of leadership and ownership.

What Makes the University of Louisville the Best Place to Learn Nursing?

What makes the University of Louisville the best place to learn nursing? Those who attend our School of Nursing receive intensive education to prepare them to care for the most critically ill patients in the country. As you know the University of Louisville Hospital is one of the major sites we use for clinical. The features of UofL Hospital – include a top-notch cancer center, renowned trauma team and uniquely streamlined, nationally accredited stroke center.

The Trauma Center at UofL Hospital has a long-standing history of being the local, regional and national leader for trauma and burn care in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Last year alone, the trauma center provided care for over 3,000 patients who needed the highly-specialized services of a multi-disciplinary Trauma Program. They have the region’s only Level 1 burn unit with 16 beds and over 70 critical care beds.

The Emergency Department is the area’s only decontamination facility for chemical and biological decontamination of individuals exposed to hazardous materials. We educate nurses to adapt to any situation and to use critical thinking in the decision making process.

Living in Louisville gives students a broad range of opportunities for service learning projects and to experience a modern metropolitan steeped in southern charm. There is a community of nearly 1 million people with a vibrant economy, arts scene and affordable housing.

I invite you to browse our website, come to the University of Louisville campus to learn more about our programs and experience Louisville. We host an open house each semester and numerous information sessions. Come see our Cardinal family!

Go Cards!


Sonya Renae Hardin PhD, MBA/MHA, NP-C, FAAN

Dean and Professor

UofL School of Nursing