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Ada Hawkins
The T.P.R.

“Miss Ada Hawkins”

The revolving spotlight focuses on Miss Ada Hawkins, who this year has become Associate Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the School of Nursing. Formerly Miss Hawkins was Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing Education here at Michigan.

Graduating from University of Oklahoma School of Nursing, Miss Hawkins taught Nursing Arts for a few years and also was Head Nurse for one year. From time hence, her various positions have caused her to zigzag the states, detouring to Cincinnati, by way of University of Colorado School of Nursing where she was Assistant Director of Nursing. In Cincinnati, Ohio, she taught basic sciences at Jewish Hospital School of Nursing. Her summers and spare time (Ed. Note: indubitably she had little) were filled with classes and courses at Columbia University, New York. Subsequently Miss Hawkins worked on the faculty of Cook County School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, which is connected with Cook County Hospital, an institution which daily has 3100 to 3300 patients. During this time she continued her studies at University of Chicago.

We students have been impressed with her complete understanding of our studies and problems as well as tolerance of our weaknesses, especially when we were in the throes of the first four months on campus. These attributes have become typical characteristics with her and were probably nourished to full growth by her studies and innumerable experiences. For example, our lady’s undergraduate work was in sciences; Bachelor’s degree in science, Bacteriology as major with Chemistry and Zoology as minors; work on a Master of Arts degree came to her in Nursing Education. Of additional interest is the fact that all of the subjects which the freshman student studies in her first four-month period, Miss Hawkins has at some time taught.

Her moments for recreation are primarily willed to collecting or exploring for early American dishes and furniture. Her yen for this was incited while residing in Cincinnati, for in nearby Kentucky, are numerous curious little places sheltering such. In Chicago, Miss Hawkins along with friends toured out-of-the-way corners, poking into quaint shops. While relaxing she makes rugs, both hooked and braided, as she loves to work with her hands. Come spring and summer she spends many hours in her “Victory” garden.

In her nursing experience, from training to teaching and now administrative, Miss Hawkins asserts she is most fascinated by teaching. To her, developing and planning a course is analogous to raising a baby over whom one may hover with pride and upon whom one may shower guidance. Even today in the midst of her over-filled schedule Miss Hawkins teaches two classes, namely: Professional Adjustments and History of Nursing.

[Unsigned personal profile in The T.P.R. dated April 1945, a publication of the University of Michigan School of Nursing.]