Scholar Shares Knowledge, Trains Next Generation of Nurses
Scholar of the Month
College of Nursing
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.
Jacobson has received more than $850,000 to support her research program, including funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), American Nurses Foundation (ANF), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses, Summa Health System Foundation, and Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates.
Jacobson has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in high quality journals, 75 percent of which represent first authorship. Discussion of her research describing patients’ perspectives on total knee replacement appeared both in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and has been translated into Arabic.
She also has studied hospitalization and re-hospitalization rates of patients in a network of nurse-led heart failure clinics and interdisciplinary care at chronic kidney disease centers, and collaborated in disseminating the findings. Jacobson has been instrumental in developing clinical resources for evidence-based practice in chronic care.
Jacobson maintains a clinical practice as an adult clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Hillcrest Hospital, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation system. In her role as a CNS, she collaborates with researchers from nursing and other disciplines in supporting clinical studies that focus on optimizing outcomes for people with chronic conditions.
Jacobson joined the faculty of Kent State University’s College of Nursing in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Kent State, Master of Science in nursing from University of Oklahoma, and Ph.D. in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She also received a post-graduate certificate in health informatics from Kent State in 2013.
About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month
Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure and notoriety to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a Regional Campuses faculty member will be featured.
The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs for recognition as Scholar of the Month.