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  • Dr. Sally B. Hardin Ph.D.,

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    • Dr. Hardin is an assistant professor of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing in the graduate program of the University of Illinois College of Nursing and is the mother of daughter, Jessica, and son, Christopher.

  • Karen Skerrett M.S., M.A.

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    • Ms. Skerrett is an independent nurse-psychotherapist with offices in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois and is the mother of Christopher.

University of Illinois, College of Nursing, 845 S. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612.


The psychological challenge to women when they become mothers is complicated if those mothers also work. Psychodynamic theories about mothering and working can help nurse-midwives in their counseling role. Guidelines for nurse-practitioners have been developed which apply to all women in dual careers.