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Dr. Sonya Hardin has been named dean of the University of Louisville (UofL) School of Nursing. She will be leaving her post as associate dean for graduate programs and professor in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University, and replacing Marcia J. Hern who announced her plan to retire from the school after her 11-year tenure as dean.

Hardin is a nurse practitioner who specializes in care for older adults and her research is focused on symptom management and issues surrounding inpatient critical care of the geriatric population. She also worked with an engineering team at East Carolina University to create a device that quantitatively measures edema in the lower extremities, which has received a provisional device patent.

Hardin tells, “I am excited to join UofL. The School of Nursing has an exemplary leadership team, nationally-renowned faculty and an outstanding cadre of staff, students, distinguished alumni and supporters who are well positioned to impact the health of individuals, families and communities.”

At East Carolina University, Hardin led a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services titled the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, which created a comprehensive approach to caring for older adults in eastern North Carolina. The initiative worked with community partners to establish an interprofessional education model, train primary care providers to meet the needs of older adults, and create community-based programs for rural older adults.

Hardin has been with East Carolina University since 2013 where she started the university’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program and oversaw accreditation of the doctor of nursing practice, certified registered nurse anesthetist, and midwifery programs. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado and master’s degree in business and health administration from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.

To learn more about Dr. Hardin’s appointment as dean of the University of Louisville School of Nursing, visit here.

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