Chayna Hardy-Taylor, BSN '15

Chayna Hardy-TaylorChayna Hardy-Taylor’s passion for the nursing field was two-fold.

“My mother being a nurse certainly fueled my interest in following her path,” Hardy-Taylor explained. “I witnessed all she went through as she battled an on-the-job injury. I surmised that my entering the field would be a good way for me to help people who are going through a tough time and, as a result, serve as a relief for them.”

Having earned her initial undergraduate degree in biology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., it was an on-campus job at the college’s health clinic that cemented her decision to follow a path to her BSN upon graduation. For this, she chose the University’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program and explained that she could not have been more pleased with the outcome.

“The accelerated program was just as challenging as they say it is,” she explained. “When my peers and I started, we had no idea how difficult it was going to be. In the end, we made itSupport Thomas Edison State University and I’m glad I made the decision to pursue the accelerated route to my degree with Thomas Edison.”

Along the way, Hardy-Taylor received moral support from her family and peers, coupled with philanthropic support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, specifically, their Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, to assist her in completing her degree.

Established in 2014, the Program’s main intention was to award scholarships to students from underrepresented groups in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Receiving this award gave me a boost of confidence,” Hardy-Taylor explained. “Even more, this scholarship had very specific requirements I had to maintain in order to remain eligible. I liked that you’re not just awarded the money; you were expected to maintain a 3.0 grade point average as well as given the chance to attend a nursing conference and network with others in the field, at all stages of their careers. I am very grateful for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s support of my dreams.”

Hardy-Taylor works at Capital Health Medical Center’s Hopewell, N.J., campus in the telemetry unit and is now pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree through an accelerated program with George Washington University. Upon completion of her doctorate, Hardy-Taylor’s long-term goal is to become a pediatric or family nurse practitioner.