Critical Care

Amy Petrinec, Ph.D., RN

After completing my master’s degree, I transitioned from clinical ICU nursing to teaching critical care at the undergraduate nursing level. During these experiences, I identified the family members of intensive care unit patients as a population who often has untoward psychological symptoms during the patient’s ICU admission. My dissertation work focused on the stress and coping of family members during and after a patient’s ICU hospitalization.

Kristine Jacobson, MSN, RN, CCNS, CNRN, ANVP

This is my first semester teaching at Kent State University. I achieved my BSN ('02) and MSN ('06) from Kent State University. I am a certified acute and critical care clinical nurse specialist. I also hold a certificate to prescribe and certification as a neuroscience registered nurse. I have also completed a fellowship as an advanced neurovascular practitioner.  My 10-year advanced practice career has mostly centered around neurology, neurocritical care, trauma, and general critical care. My special areas of interest have included stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Kellie Jarzembak, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

I am an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, board certified through the ANCC, currently working as a Hospitalist PRN at UH Community Hospital. Prior to becoming an NP in 2013, I was a registered nurse in an intensive care unit at a level one trauma center for 12 years. I have been part-time faculty at Kent State University teaching in the College of Nursing in undergraduate studies for the last eight years.

Mary Kutchin, MSN, RN, CNS

Mary Kutchin has significant experience in hospital administration and nursing leadership. She has experience in both line management and staff management positions. She also has experience in project management and consultations for healthcare organizations with an expertise in accreditation standards. She has developed and managed programs for case management and disease management. Her clinical experience is in critical care, cardiac care and surgical care areas.

Jeremy M. Jarzembak, MA, RN

Jeremy has worked as an RN in the intensive care unit for over 13 years. He currently is a lecturer for the College of Nursing (CON), at Kent State University, where he holds the rank of an Associate Lecture Non-Tenure Track. He has held this appointment for the past 8 years. His area of instruction include teaching critical care nursing and nursing informatics. In addition he co-coordinates the nursing simulation laboratory for the CON.

Mary Bacha, MSN, RN

I have worked as a Critical Care Nurse for 8 years in New York then 10 years in ICU at Akron City Hospital (Summa Health System). I was also the Staff Development Coordinator in Critical Care for 4 years also at Akron City Hospital. I am an active member of the Akron Children's Hospital Women’s Board.


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