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USU-Uintah Basin Hires a Local with over a Decade of Nursing Experience

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Monte Hardinger

Monte Hardinger begins working at Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU) as an assistant professor of nursing.

In January 2018, Uintah Basin local and Registered Nurse (RN) Monte Hardinger will begin working at Utah State University-Uintah Basin (USU) as an assistant professor of nursing. Hardinger has 14 years of experience in healthcare, and is looking to add to USU-Uintah Basin’s already successful nursing program.

“I have several generations of family in the Uintah Basin, and deep ties to nursing and healthcare provided here,” said Hardinger. “Taking this position allows me to have a greater impact on the healthcare provided to my family, friends and in the community I grew up in. I hope to foster a desire within students to not only provide the best personal care to all of their patients, but to also have a desire to pursue even higher education.”

The USU-Uintah Basin nursing program has gained statewide attention for their recent successes. For the past two years, all nursing graduates have successfully passed Utah’s RN licensure exam on their first attempt. Much of the success is thanks to local partnerships between USU-UB, local healthcare centers, and the Uintah Basin Technical College.

Monte believes the Uintah Basin is a great place for students to foster and grow their careers as nurses. “Current and future nurses in the Uintah Basin have many opportunities provided to them for their careers, including up-to-date technology like the university’s simulation lab. These types of resources are helping our nursing program become one of the top programs in the state.”

In addition to having a strong influence in Uintah Basin’s healthcare, Monte is also active in the community’s theatrical culture. He is currently writing a play for the local Outlaw Trail Theatre, where he hopes one day it will be performed. He also enjoys the outdoor recreation provided around the Uintah Basin, such as rafting the Green River, camping, hunting, and fishing.

Individuals interested in becoming a nurse in the Uintah Basin can find out more information at the upcoming open house events on January 31 in Vernal and February 1 in Roosevelt. The upcoming application deadline for USU-Uintah Basin’s nursing program is March 1.

Contact: Dana Rhoades, 435-722-1788

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