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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.

Claire Zangerle, MSN, MBA, RN, has recently been appointed as Allegheny Health Network’s chief nurse executive. Zangerle is a 2006 graduate of Kent State’s master of science in nursing program.

Since 2008, Zangerle has served as president and chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio.

The Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab at Kent State University College of Nursing recently began using livestream and video recording software to create a collaborative learning and evaluation environment. The simulation lab, which provides students with the opportunity to safely experience realistic situations and practice scenarios, is using LearningSpace®, a web-based learning management system and audiovisual recording software.

Angela Anikienko, a Kent State junior nursing student from LaGrange, OH, completed the United States Institute for Kangaroo Care’s® certification course at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital in June. Anikienko, who received a sponsorship from the Institute to attend the course, was one of only three bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students in the nation to earn the certification.

Ratchneewan Ross, Ph.D., RN, director of the Ph.D. program and international initiatives at Kent State University’s College of Nursing, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in October 2016 at the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Brian S. Monter, MSN, MBA, RN, has recently been appointed president of University Hospitals Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers. Monter is a 2007 graduate of Kent State’s nursing and business administration (MSN/MBA) dual-degree program. 

Since 2012, Monter has served as the chief operating officer at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, OH, which included a one-year term as acting president. 

In his new role, Monter and his team will focus on physician recruitment, quality of care, patient experience, and employee and physician engagement.

Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of Kent State College of Nursing, joined an elite group of healthcare professionals featured in the 2016 “Faces of Care,” a Greater Cleveland Nurses Association (GCNA) supplement to Cleveland Magazine. Faces of Care honors area nurses who have made significant contributions to the community. By sharing these individuals’ experiences and thoughts, the GCNA hopes to inspire the nursing community.

On Friday, May 13, Kent State College of Nursing held its spring undergraduate convocation ceremony at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom. More than 750 guests, including 121 graduates, family members, friends, faculty and staff attended.

Kenneth Burhanna, MLIS, assistant dean for Engagement and Outreach, and 2015-2016 Provost’s Fellow, provided the University welcome message. 

Kent State College of Nursing held its annual Graduate Convocation ceremony during National Nurses Week on Tuesday, May 10, at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom. Nearly 300 guests, including 65 graduates, family members, friends, faculty and staff attended.  

“The presentation of a nursing pin has been a symbolic and long-standing tradition of the nursing program,” said Dr. Wendy Umberger, associate dean for graduate programs. “Our pin is a symbol of the advanced degree and a nurse’s commitment to the ideals and values of nursing and higher education.”