UofL School of Nursing Instills Lifelong Learning

January 4, 2021

Message from the Dean

The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse to commemorate Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday. Therefore, I thought I would share two quotes from Florence Nightingale, "Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses----we must be learning all of our lives."

"Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses----we must be learning all of our lives."

- Florence Nightingale

UofL School of Nursing instills lifelong learning in all the students, and this can be seen time and time again as our graduates continue the pursuit of higher degrees. Many of our students have the opportunity to continue their education through the DNP or PhD program. They will soon have even more choices with the addition of the Acute Care Pediatric NP Program and a Nurse Anesthetist Program starting in 2021.

During these times when our events and activities are taking on new looks, it's important to pause and once again acknowledge the tremendous work our faculty and students have put into coursework and clinical care. Operating during a pandemic is no small task, and our school has responded with grace and grit. Faculty have worked tirelessly to continue course work in web-based formats. I have been fortunate to witness nurse leaders respond in extraordinary and exceptional ways in the face of extremely uncommon circumstances.

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in many people being hospitalized and nurses doing their best to provide care during severe shortages. Since March 2020, traveling registered nurses are offered $6000, $8,000, and as high as $13,000 a week to go to states that are inundated with COVID-19 patients. Many nurses understand that it is inevitable that they will need to care for a COVID-19 patient at some point during the pandemic as well as care for each other. Due to limited visitation, nurses are stepping up to take on the caregiver role usually deemed the responsibility of family and visitors. Many nurses are suffering from psychological trauma due to so many deaths. When a patient dies, the emotional toll is great. Nurses put their heart and soul into resuscitating patients during a cardiac or respiratory arrest. Nightingale also said, "very little can be done under the spirit of fear." Cardinal Nurses on the front lines clearly have shown no fear. They step up to lead and care for others.

Go Cards!

Sonya R. Hardin PhD, APRN, NP-C, FAAN
Dean and Professor
UofL School of Nursing