College of Nursing

Cathy Fluharty, BSN, MSN, has been accepted into the 2014-2015 Harvard Medical School program in Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP). Fluharty, a Kent State University College of Nursing alumna, earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in 2009 and is currently a nurse practitioner at Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio.

Required Courses

DNP Core Courses - Post-MSN to DNP

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (37 credits)
Course Title Credits
BSCI 80145 Medical Genomics 3
EPI 73026 Design Implementation of Health Surveys 3
IAKM 80401 Health Informatics Management 3
NURS 70600

Scholar of the Month
Ann Jacobson
Professor
College of Nursing
1995-present

Ann Jacobson is a professor in the College of Nursing and a nationally recognized nursing scholar. Her program of research represents an integration of theories from a variety of disciplines and focuses on testing cognitive-behavioral and complementary therapies for people experiencing procedural pain and for those undergoing knee arthroplasty.

Scholar of the Month
Wendy Umberger
Professor
College of Nursing
2002-present

Wendy Umberger is a professor in the College of Nursing. Her program of research centers on the treatment and care of people experiencing chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), psychological factors related to the pain experience, neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms in pain and inflammation, and the use of complementary therapies in pain management. 

Congratulations to Melissa Dyer, MSN, lecturer and course coordinator in the College of Nursing, for receiving a Kent State University 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award. Sponsored by the University Teaching Council, this award honors full-time, nontenure-track or part-time faculty who show exceptional skills in classroom teaching. The Outstanding Teacher Award is presented to three finalists each year.

Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-CP, CPRP, FAAN, and internationally recognized expert on mental health, was a featured presenter in a continuing education program co-sponsored by the Ohio Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association (APNA) and the Kent State University College of Nursing. A past president of APNA, Dr. Moller is a nationally recognized expert on bipolar disorder and an advocate for those living with mental illness.

Carol Sedlak, PhD, RN, CNS, ONC, CNE, FAAN, and Cynthia Roller, PhD, RN, CNP, CNM,  have received a grant provided jointly by Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Foundation to study the bone health of transgender individuals.

Since many transgender individuals use hormones to induce and maintain the physical and psychological characteristics of the sex matching their gender identity, they put themselves at risk for osteoporosis and other alterations to their bone health.

Dr. Davina Gosnell, former dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing from 1989 to 2004, was recently acknowledged as one of 100 Alumni Transformers in Nursing & Healthcare by The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

According to the Record Courier, she was recognized as being among alumni of the college who have deeply impacted the profession of nursing and the healthcare system, and for her contributions in nursing education leadership, global health initiatives and research, and publication.

Yvonne Smith, current undergraduate and graduate faculty member and former assistant dean of Kent State University College of Nursing, has successfully defended her dissertation for a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Anita W. O'Toole, professor emerita of nursing, Kent State University, has been named as one of the first recipients of the Alumni Legacy Leaders award by Indiana University School of Nursing. The Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders were honored on June 21, 2014, as part of IU’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Weekend in Indianapolis, IN.

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