Nurse finds her calling in fast-paced surgical service 

Kim Hardwick, Director of Surgical Services, employee, East Cooper Medical Center 

Hardwick_Kim350x225“I’ve been a nurse for 21 years. I think as a patient, what you really want to know is that wherever you go and whoever cares for you is passionate about the area that they work in. For me, surgery is my passion.” 

Surgery can be a traumatic experience, even for the people administering the care. But for Kim Hardwick, Director of Surgical Services, the high energy, fast pace, and pressure-filled environment are just right.  

“I’ve been a nurse for 21 years,” she says. “I’ve done surgical services for all those years because I like the pace of it. I like that you see different stuff every day. I think as a patient, what you really want to know is that wherever you go and whoever cares for you is passionate about the area that they work in. For me, surgery is my passion.” 

While many nurses try out different specialties, Kim knew right from the beginning where her heart was. 

“I was lucky. I knew right away what I wanted to do, and when I got into it, it was even better than I thought it was going to be,” she remembers. “If there are questions or issues, it is very easy for patients to get in touch with me. I think it’s very important for people to be able to know they can ask those questions and have those conversations.” 

And Kim is always willing to go that extra mile when it comes to providing care to her patients. While she can be modest about her own abilities, she’s quick to brag about the efforts of her teammates.  

“I think we have extremely competent surgical teams—physicians and anesthesia and hospital employees. I think the culture in this hospital is phenomenal. And a lot of that is driven by the senior team that we have now,” says Kim.  

In the end, Kim is most impressed by how everyone works together. 

“It’s a very cohesive team,” she says.  

And that can make all the difference for you.