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Gov. Blagojevich announces Constance J. Hardy to receive $10,000 fellowship

Saint Xavier instructor one of 15 Illinois nurse educators to receive grants

Chicago (Dec. 20, 2006) – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced recently that Constance J. Hardy, M.S.N., assistant professorial lecturer and director of graduate practicum placement in Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing, is among 15 nurse educators in Illinois to receive $10,000 fellowship grants to help them continue teaching future generations of nurses. 

Hardy is in her third year of teaching at Saint Xavier. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Rush University's College of Nursing. She will put the grant toward completion of her degree and continuing education in her teaching expertise.   

“Awards such as these are vital to providing opportunities to continue educating nursing faculty,” Hardy said. “I am deeply honored to have been chosen for this fellowship.” 

SXU School of Nursing Dean Anne R. Bavier said Hardy has an exceptional clinical and administrative background for guiding future nurses.  

“Saint Xavier's School of Nursing seeks talented faculty who can bring relevant experience, passion for the profession, and dedication to students,” Bavier said. "Connie Hardy uses her creativity, innovation and clear understanding of evidence as the basis for practice in both classroom and clinical education. She is a star.” 

Hardy has 30 years of progressive nursing leadership experience as a manager, director and administrative director in community hospitals. She has previously served as administrative director of Women and Children’s Services at Edward Hospital & Health Services in Naperville, Ill., director of Maternal Child Nursing at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill., and director of Maternal Child Nursing at LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange, Ill.

The fellows, who were chosen by the Illinois Board of Higher Education from among 46 nominees, are recognized as some of the top nursing faculty in the state. The fellowship program is part of the governor’s commitment to improve health care for state residents by increasing the number of nurse educators. 

For more information, please contact Joe Moore at (773)-298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu

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Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a comprehensive Catholic university serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park. The University offers 35 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing with day, evening and weekend courses to fit busy schedules.