Title: Director of Psychiatric Nursing
Company: Jackson Memorial Hospital
Location: Miami, Florida, United States
JoAnn Foust Cardarella, Nurse Manager, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatric nursing.
Ms. Cardarella was inspired to go into the practice of nursing upon watching her aunt help people in the community in the profession. Sensing this same desire to help others within her, the choice to pursue the field in her academic work was an easy one to make. Ms. Cardarella first received a diploma from The McLeod Infirmary in 1952, and followed this designation with a BSN from the University of Miami in 1968 and a MSN from the University of North Carolina in 1970. Through the years, her hands have helped heal and comfort many sick and injured patients, especially those within her field of mental health and psychiatric nursing. Prior to retiring, she served as the nursing manager of mental health at Lake Placid Medical Center from 1992 to 1998.
Earlier in her career, she owned a small business called The Chocolate Strawberry in Marco Island, Florida and served as the Director of Nursing at Jackson Hospital after working many years at the institution as a head nurse, associate head nurse and staff nurse. One of Ms. Cardarella’s earliest positions was a staff nurse at the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina from 1953 to 1957. She commenced her career as a staff nurse at The McLeod Infirmary. From 1960 to 1962, she served as 1st Lieutenant with the US Air Force Reserves and achieved Captain status. In her career, she maintained affiliation with the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association. Ms. Cardarella considers receiving the master’s degree from the University of North Carolina and being appointed by the president of nursing at Jackson Memorial to be the Director of Nursing as the top highlights of her career.
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