Bob Woodruff Foundation - Jonas Nursing III Scholar Alumni

Marian J. Hardwick

University of South Florida

Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni - Marian HardwickMarian Hardwick attended Florida State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health education. She taught health and anatomy/physiology honors at Seminole High School for one year before returning to school to obtain another degree in nursing. She was in the first class for the VA Nursing Academy for the 2nd degree Bachelor’s Nursing program, a partnership of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the USF College of Nursing aimed at boosting care for veterans and job opportunities for nurses awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholarships at the USF College of Nursing which was the first time USF received New Careers In Nursing (NCIN) funding. Upon graduation, she was hired at James A. Haley VA Hospital into the RN residency program and became a psych nurse in the inpatient psych unit. Her role within her unit and hospital was educating all staff and patients about pain management as a pain resource nurse (PRN). That in turn, encouraged her to want to continue my work as an educator in education in nursing at the graduate level with an emphasis in research. After two successful years of working at the VA, she discontinued her services so that she could fully dedicate her full-time studies as a PhD in Nursing student at USF. She is currently working at USF as a psych clinical instructor gaining valuable experience for her future role as a nurse educator.

Ms. Hardwick was one of only three former (RWJF) (NCIN) scholars in the nation invited to participate in a student panel on “Career Advancement for the Accelerated Nursing Student” during the recent RWJF NCIN Annual Summit where she engaged grantees from across the country to explore best practices and new approaches to strengthen their accelerated degree programs and increase the pipeline of students traditionally underrepresented in nursing. She plans to continue to inspire, educate, mentor, and recruit minority groups as a future educator. Ms. Hardwick’s future goals as an educator are to become a full professor, teaching psychology as well as continuing her research about posttraumatic stress disorder and sleep disturbance while continuing my clinical duties as an instructor within the hospital.