College of Nursing

Ratchneewan Ross, RN, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker at the New Member Induction Ceremony of the Pi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, on Dec 2, 2014. 

Dr. Ross is an Associate Professor and Director of International Activities at Kent State’s College of Nursing. She has been a member of STTI since 1997. Her research interests are physical and mental health of vulnerable women around the globe, including women experiencing HIV and violence/trauma.

Dana Hansen, RN, MSN, Ph.D., has received the Dr. Richard A. Zeller Nursing Research Award from the College of Nursing for her study titled “The Caregivers’ Experience with an Illness Blog: A Pilot Study.” The purpose of the study is to learn about how caregivers interact with the blogs produced by their seriously ill family members.

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 Thursday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center. 

Carol Moore, senior instructional designer at Kent State’s College of Nursing, received the Promotion of Social Justice award from the Portage County NAACP at their annual Freedom Fund Dinner at the Kent State Student Center on November 1, 2014.

Moore was recognized for over 20 years of service on the King Kennedy Community Center Advisory Board. In that role, she helped secure a grant which allowed her to teach young people basic computer skills. She also assisted in fundraising efforts and served as a softball coach.

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

The DNP program can be completed at both the Post-MSN level and the Post-BSN level. 

Post-MSN students: You must complete the core program course requirements and 540 practicum hours. You may have up to 34 credit hours from your master's program applied toward your degree requirements. If so, you will not need to complete the Post-BSN course requirements or concentration requirements. 

Ruth E. Ludwick, Ph.D., CNS, RN.C, Kent State University alumna and professor emerita at the university’s College of Nursing, has been selected as one of 168 nurse leaders to be inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) during the academy’s “2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference” on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C.

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.

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