With more than 60 years of professional experience, Pauline M. Loewenhardt has excelled as the community nursing coordinator at James A. Haley Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, Florida, since 1992. Prior to her current role, she worked as the nurse manager of the spinal cord unit at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1988 to 1992, having previously held the post of an instructor with the institution since 1987. Ms. Loewenhardt previously served as the executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Coastal Georgia from 1985 to 1987 and as the director of home care at Trinity Memorial Hospital from 1982 to 1985.
From 1978 to 1982, Ms. Loewenhardt found success as an assistant professor in the division of nursing at Alverno College in Milwaukee. She was additionally active as a pediatric clinical specialist at the Visiting Nurse Association from 1973 to 1976 and as a clinical instructor and a charge nurse at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital from 1968 to 1970. Ms. Loewenhardt began her career as in various nursing positions from 1955 to 1961, as well as an instructor and a coach on the Lamaze method of prepared childbirth from 1965 to 1966.
Ms. Loewenhardt became involved in nursing because she was inspired by the professional care she received as a child when she was diagnosed with polio at 10 years old. She stayed in the hospital and a rehabilitation center, and made a full recovery. She then worked with a physical therapist to regain mobility. Her therapist was truly the inspiration behind her decision to become a nurse. Ms. Loewenhardt initially pursued an education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1955. She continued her studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee, earning a Master of Science in 1973. Likewise, she has been certified in nursing administration by the American Nurses Association.
A respected voice in the field, Ms. Loewenhardt has been a notable leader in her areas of expertise. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, the National League for Nurses, the Florida League for Nurses, the Florida Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau. Throughout her career, she has accepted several awards and accolades for her contributions and achievements. Moreover, Ms. Loewenhardt has been featured in numerous publications including multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Nursing.
In five years, Ms. Loewenhardt will continue to write and live in Michigan, where her beloved family resides. She was mentored by her parents, who encouraged her to get an education. The factors or attributes that she feels have played a role in her success is that she has always been very work-oriented. She has a very good attitude about work and she can thank her parents for that. She is a very determined person to accomplish what she sets out to do. Ms. Loewenhardt encourages young women to go into nursing, as she feels it is a rewarding profession.