Assistant Nursing Professor Karen Hardin
MSN, Clemson University
BSN, Clemson University
Critical Care (NUR 425)
Leadership & Management (NUR 453)
Albert Einstein once said, “the only source of knowledge is experience.” If that’s true, Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Hardin has over 30 years of knowledge to impart to her students.
Hardin teaches Critical Care (NUR 425) and Leadership and Management (NUR 453) at AU and through them aims to challenge her students beyond just learning the academic side of nursing. Her many years of experience in both hospital and academic settings give her an indispensable perspective on the subjects. In addition, her personal mission is well aligned to the mission of AU’s School of Nursing, as she aims to equip students to apply what they learn.
“My aim is to create nurses that I would want caring for me if I was sick and lying in a hospital bed,” she said. “I want to empower them to be safe practitioners.”
Hardin joined the faculty at Anderson University in August 2013, after teaching at Clemson University’s School of Nursing for 21 years, where she was responsible for teaching and supervising senior-level students. Hardin admits that at the time she wasn’t looking to make a change, but after experiencing AU’s supportive environment while working on campus part-time over the summer of 2013, she found that she didn’t want to leave.
“The summer brought a lot of warmth and encouragement. I found AU to be a very special, nurturing place, and I enjoyed being able to openly talk about my faith,” Hardin says.
Another factor that attracted Hardin to AU was its vision for the School of Nursing. With a new, state-of-the-art facility and faculty who have practiced nursing for more than a combined 60 years, Hardin believes the program will grow significantly over the next few years, and she wants to be part of it.
After graduating with her Master of Science in Nursing from Clemson University, Hardin started her career in nursing administrative positions with Anderson Memorial Hospital and Greenville Memorial Hospital. Then, in 1991, her love for students took her away from administration and into the classroom, first to Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina and then to the University of South Carolina Upstate and Clemson University.
“The students are what I love most about my job,” Hardin said. “They are so eager to learn. It’s a joy to teach them what I know they will need to provide life-saving care to patients in the future.”