College of Nursing

The 9th Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Ceremony was held at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom on March 21, 2015. Kent State University’s College of Nursing hosted the event with nearly 200 people in attendance, including award recipients, guests, faculty and staff. This year’s recipients were registered nurses and physicians from the Kent area who work in a variety of capacities–from staff nurses to advanced practice nurses, as well as physicians.

The ninth annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Ceremony was held at the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom on March 21. Kent State’s College of Nursing hosted the event with nearly 200 people in attendance, including award recipients, faculty, staff and guests.

Kent State University’s College of Nursing and College of Public Health are collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise. The Point of Dispensing Exercise, which involves a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site, will take place Tuesday, Apr. 14, and Thursday, Apr. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nancy Wysenski, graduate of Kent State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, was recently named to the Board of Directors at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Inovio, headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, develops immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. She also serves on the boards of Alkermes PLC and Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals.

Diana Fleming, MSN, RN, CNE, Associate Lecturer at Kent State’s College of Nursing was named the first DAISY Faculty Award recipient for the college. The DAISY Faculty Award – part of a national program established by The DAISY Foundation in 1999 – shows our appreciation for our outstanding nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students. Fleming received multiple nominations from students, describing her excellent instruction and helpful mentoring.

In 2002, Kent State University College of Nursing Advisory Chair, Barbara Donaho, forged the idea that clinical partnerships between Kent State University and area hospitals with which the university is partnered should receive substantial recognition.

She recognized that clinical unit leaders, prefects and nurses take the time to work diligently to train our nursing students, while receiving no additional compensation for their services. It is in this spirit that the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award was created.

Emma Hill, sophomore nursing student at Kent State University, recently received the Fathom Fund for Purpose-Driven Students, a scholarship from Fathom Education. The scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student who impacts his or her community and has goals to make a difference, according to Fathom.

50 students applied for the $4,000 scholarship. Emma won because she volunteers and runs her own pet care business, in addition to her studies. The scholarship committee was most impressed with her love for her sister Allison, who is disabled.

Kerry Kernen, MPA, MSN, RN, was recently appointed as the Chief Operation Officer of the Health 360 Integrated Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kernen is a 2011 graduate of our combined MSN/MPA degree program, which was designed for nurses who desire to integrate knowledge and skills from nursing with the public sector and public policy.

Alethea Hill, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, and assistant professor at the University of South Alabama, will be visiting Kent State University on January 8, 2015. As a Visiting Scholar, she will give a talk titled Diabetes Intervention in the African-American Community, from 12 - 1 p.m. in Kent Hall Annex, Room 102.

Man’s best friend helped turn the stress of Finals Week into smiles, selfies and solace at Kent State University.

Twenty-two pooches from Dogs on Campus Pet Therapy Program® filled the library for students to enjoy.  

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