College of Nursing

Kent State University College of Nursing has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, a private grant-making foundation interested in supporting mental health programs in northeast Ohio.

Kent State University College of Nursing is collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, and Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center - Kent campus. The Point of Dispensing Exercise will involve a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site. 

Each semester, nearly 400 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses at over 100 health care organizations across northeast Ohio volunteer to mentor Kent State University College of Nursing students in a clinical setting. These nursing professionals, known as preceptors, work one-on-one with students sharing their real-world experiences and knowledge to complement curriculum taught in the classroom.

Kent State College of Nursing Delta Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), an honor society of nursing, helped celebrate STTI’s annual Founder’s Day on Wednesday, October 5th by collecting and assembling Project Night Night tote bags for children in local homeless shelters.  

Congratulations to Karen Bankston, Ph.D., MSN, FACHE, '84, M.S.N. '90, associate dean for clinical practice, partnership and community engagement at the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati. She will be among those who are celebrated at the 2016 Kent State Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 30 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. Dr. Bankston will be presented with the 2016 Professional Achievement Award.

Alumnus Paul Bassett, ’11, recently climbed Machu Picchu in Peru to bring awareness to myeloma. He participated in the inaugural Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma partnership with Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Cure Magazine, which brought together a team of patients, physicians, nurses, and researchers to conquer a mountain. While training for this event, Bassett logged over 500 miles.

More than 500 guests, including 56 graduating nursing students from Kent State University College of Nursing gathered in the Kent State Student Center Ballroom on Friday, August 19, for the Summer Undergraduate Convocation ceremony. The event recognized the accomplishments of the graduating nursing students and marked the successful transition from nursing student to professional nurse.

Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, associate provost for academic affairs at Kent State University, provided the University welcome message. 

Kent State University College of Nursing research faculty members Pamela Stephenson, Ph.D., RN, AOCNS, Dana Hansen, Ph.D., ACHPN, APRN, and Denice Sheehan, Ph.D. MSN, RN, have been selected to present their palliative care research findings at Hospice of the Western Reserve's annual conference Telling the Stories: The Deeper Voice of Hospice on Friday, September 16. The conference will focus on the importance of conversations that address the goals of care and how to overcome barriers.

To show support for local law enforcement officers and staff, Kent State University College of Nursing faculty delivered a breakfast buffet to the Kent and Kent State University police departments on Friday, August 12.  

Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of Kent State College of Nursing, was joined by Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate dean for graduate programs, to provide a continental breakfast for each of the departments.   

Jo Dowell, Ph.D., RN, CRNP, PNP, FNP-BC, CFNE, assistant professor and research faculty at Kent State College of Nursing, has focused her nursing research on better understanding the health disparities of low-income, minority children who suffer from a chronic illness. She was recently invited to present her research findings at the 27th Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.