Kent State University College of Nursing
One of the nation’s largest and most respected nursing schools – the College of Nursing is preparing tomorrow’s successful, globally-engaged and culturally-savvy health care leaders.
Kent State offers nursing programs for everyone, from BSN to DNP & Ph.D.
Forging the Future One Nurse at a Time
Six Kent State Programs Rank in Top 100 Among Public Institutions in U.S. News 2023 Best Graduate Schools Rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranks six Kent State University programs in the top 100 among public institutions in its 2023 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Among the top 100 public institution programs, Kent State is recognized in the Best Nursing Schools: Master’s Programs, Best Education Schools, Best Mathematics Programs, Best Psychology Schools, Best Public Health Programs and Best Physics Schools rankings. Kent State is also recognized in an additional five new national rankings.
Advancing Science and Simulation to Teach IV Insertion Skills: Jeremy Jarzembak Serves as Co-Principal Investigator for National Science Foundation Grant Award
Commonly used by nurses to infuse patient medications and fluids, intravenous (IV) insertion, or cannulation, is a vital but difficult skill for nursing students to master. As Co-Principal Investigator for the study, “Bimodal Haptic-Mixed Reality (HMR) Needle Insertion Simulation for Hand-Eye Skills,” Jeremy Jarzembak, senior lecturer and Simulation Lab co-coordinator for the College of Nursing, will collaborate with a team of researchers at Kent State University to offer students a unique opportunity to learn and practice this essential skill.
Kent State University College of Nursing Named 2021 Morgan Impact Award Recipient
Peg’s Foundation recently recognized Kent State University College of Nursing as the recipient of the 2021 Morgan Impact Award for Excellence in Education for its work in leading change in mental health care service delivery. James K.
Nursing professor wins Excellence in Political Action Award
Kent State University at Trumbull Professor and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Coordinator Gina Severino DNP, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, recently earned the Ohio Nurses Association’s (ONA) Excellence in Political Action Award.
Dr. Severino has been an ONA member for the past 36 years and joined ONA's Health Policy Council (HPC) as an alternate in 2016 before becoming a full committee member in 2019. In her role, she represents ONA District Three at numerous state and local political events. She also attends the yearly Nurses Day at the State House NDASH events.
Dowell and Hansen Named Ph.D. Co-Directors
Kent State University College of Nursing recently announced the appointment of Jo Dowell, Ph.D., APRN, CNP, PNP, FNP-BC, CFNE, assistant professor, along with Dana Hansen, Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN, associate professor, as co-directors of the Ph.D. program. The newly developed state-of-the-science curriculum will equip students to research emerging areas of nursing science. Ph.D. students will work with expert faculty mentors in self-management, health disparities, health system leadership and quality, serious illness and end-of-life care, mental health and nursing education.
Nursing Immersion Learning Experience in Amish Country: Finding the Truth Behind the Image
Driving through Ohio’s farmland to meet my students, I felt a calm simplicity. Bright white laundry swung in the breeze. Corn was as it should be knee-high by the fourth of July. Women in their clean, simple, self-made dresses wore their plain, solid colors pinned or buttoned closed. Their faces were scrubbed clean of makeup. Hair pulled up snug under their tell-tale white bonnets.
College of Nursing Community Gives Support For Future Nurses
The past few years have not been the easiest for students in the College of Nursing. Our students have been faced with challenges not seen for over a century. As nurses tend to do, these students adapted and worked hard to make the best of a difficult situation. Remote learning, abbreviated clinicals, virtual simulation time and many other challenges all presented real obstacles that made the already demanding curriculum that much more difficult. This did not dissuade these bright future nursing leaders. They rallied together and faced this adversity head-on.
UPDATE YOUR SKILLS AND RETURN TO THE WORKFORCE
Are you a registered nurse who is out of practice and needs to update your skills and refresh your knowledge to return to the workforce?
A newly designed Registered Nurse Refresher course is being offered at Kent State University at Stark.
Kent State Graduate Program Leads to Fulbright, International Experiences & Life-long Connections
Two-time Kent State University alumnus John Mastrojohn III, MSN ‘96, MBA ‘01, RN, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR), credits Kent State for helping him to create a future he had not previously imagined. “My life and career changed dramatically as a result of my graduate experience, and I can’t imagine it any other way,” explained Mastrojohn, who completed the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.
Forging Innovative Pathways: New Faculty Researchers at the College of Nursing
With the start of the Fall semester, three new full-time faculty members are contributing their knowledge and expertise to College of Nursing research endeavors. Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAANP, FAAN, joins the College of Nursing as Dean, Professor, and Henderson Endowed Chair, succeeding retired Dean Barbara Broome and Interim Dean Denice Sheehan. Dr. Loretta Aller, Ph.D., RN, comes to the Kent campus after serving at Kent State University at Stark, and Dr. Stacy Miner, Ph.D., RN, CCRP, joins College of Nursing faculty from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.
Honoring the Legacy of Cheryl Swinehart Dariushnia – Nurse, Counselor, Loving Mother
Cheryl Swinehart Dariushnia graduated from the Kent State School of Nursing (as it was referred to at the time) in 1977. As was the case for many students of her generation, Cheryl’s journey to become a nurse was not always easy. With limited scholarships available, she was forced to work over 30 hours a week while attending Kent State. However, as nurses do, Cheryl persevered and pushed forward.
A research team from Kent State University's School of Information working in partnership with Kent State’s College of Nursing received a National Leadership Planning Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) for $99,982. The funds will support the first stages of what investigators have named Project SHIELD (Supporting Healthy Infant Early Learning and Development).
Kent State University Selects New Deans for College of Nursing and College of the Arts
Following separate national searches, Kent State University has selected Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., for the position of dean of the College of Nursing and Diane H. Petrella, D.M.A., for the position of dean of the College of the Arts.
Assistant Dean of Operations & Student Services Presented with Academic Advising Administrator of the Year Award
Two-time Kent State University alumni Curtis Good, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Operations & Student Services for Kent State College of Nursing, was presented with the Kent Academic Support and Advising Association (K.A.S.A.D.A.) Academic Advising Administrator of the Year Award on Friday, April 9. This award was created to highlight the achievements and good works of Kent State administrators. Recipients were nominated by their colleagues, supervisors, and/or deans. Good received university recognition and a $500 scholarship to advance his professional development.
College of Nursing Faculty Creates Simulation Escape Room for Undergraduate Students
Janet Reed, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Associate Lecturer at Kent State University Stark, always enjoys incorporating new creative ideas in her classroom. After observing her undergraduate nursing students struggle with heightened anxiety during traditional simulations over the years, she desired a way to make the experience more fun and less stressful. In February 2020, she introduced her students to the nursing simulation escape room, a project she developed as an assignment in her Ph.D. course, Teaching with Games and Simulations.
Nursing student Chelsey Palmer earns “Scholar of the Year” award
WARREN, OH (May 10, 2021) - Kent State University at Trumbull’s Chelsey Palmer, a soon-to-be graduating nursing student, was recently named one of two “Scholars of the Year” by the Eastern Ohio Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Palmer and Youngstown State University student Jake Weber earned the award which recognizes students who are exceptional in their approach, level of engagement, and connecting theory with practice while in the AHEC’s Scholars Program. It also considers the participant’s level of mentorship.
Nursing Student Reflects on Volunteer Experiences at Vaccine Clinics
Allie Rodriguez was a senior nursing student in her community rotation at Kent State University College of Nursing when the Kent State Field House was designated as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site clinic for Portage County and the surrounding areas. She and her classmates were among the first nursing students offered the opportunity to volunteer at the clinic and she jumped at the chance to put into practice what she had been learning.
Dedication to Diversity: Dr. Tracey Motter Builds a Pathway to a Diverse Nursing Workforce
Although widely acknowledged that greater diversity among nurses reduces health disparities and improves quality of care, the U.S. nursing workforce does not mirror the nation’s increasingly diverse population. According to the most recent Ohio Workforce Data Summary Report from the Ohio Board of Nursing, 88.7% of registered nurses reported their race/ethnicity as White/Caucasian, followed by 6.6% who reported their race/ethnicity as African American/Black. With over 25 years of experience at the Kent State University College of Nursing, Dr.
Kent State College of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Team Up to Offer Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certificate Program
Kent State University’s College of Nursing and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are joining forces to offer an adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certificate program beginning this fall. This collaborative one-year program was created to address the regional and national shortage of SANE-certified registered nurses, especially in rural areas.
Kent State Ranks in Top 20 in the Nation for Library and Information Studies Program in U.S. News 2022 Best Graduate Schools Rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State University in the top 20 Best Library and Information Studies Programs in the country in its 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Overall, Kent State is recognized in 12 new national rankings in the 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools, including three specialty rankings.
Graduating Senior Shares experience Adapting to Nursing School Changes During the Pandemic
Will Grayson, who will graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2021, was in his pediatric rotation at the hospital when his clinical group learned Kent State University would transition to remote learning last spring. Grayson said the switch to online courses was not overly stressful as an upperclassmen nursing student as the majority of his lectures were already virtual. Online clinical and fully online simulations, however, took some getting used to.
Nursing Faculty to Release New Book
A new book by Kent State University at Tuscarawas Professor of Nursing Technology Dr. Mariann Harding, will be released next week on Amazon.
Titled Conceptual Nursing Care Planning, the book shows how to identify clinical problems, determine expected outcomes, and choose nursing interventions—all grounded in a logical, concept-based framework. It demonstrates how the use of a concept-based approach and standardized clinical problems language makes it easier to plan effective care and to communicate with other members of the interprofessional team.
Buzz Starner ’67 leaves lasting legacy supporting Senior Nursing Students
Buzz Starner ’67 was a Golden Flash through and through. As the second-generation in his family to attend Kent State, and having met the love of his live Marilyn Starner ‘71 on campus, Kent State held a very special place in his heart. Wanting to stay connected with the university after graduation, Buzz became an avid follower of all things Kent State Athletics.
“We had season tickets to everything, even wrestling!” Marilyn remembered as she reflected back on her love of Kent State. “Buzz made his first gift of $10 in 1969 to support the ‘I back a Kent State Athlete’ campaign.”
Prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation President’s Grant to Expand End-of-Life Simulation for Nursing and Medical Students
Faculty researchers from Kent State University’s College of Nursing were recently funded by the prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with a yearlong President’s Grant award totaling $35,000. The goal of their study is to help ensure the competencies of new healthcare providers to facilitate vital family communication at the end of life.
Pandemic Prompts Creation of College’s Online Nursing Skills Video Library
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Kent State University to go completely remote midway through the spring 2020 semester, College of Nursing lecturer Sarah Bixler, MSN, RN, knew she would need to get creative with her teaching methods. “I have two school-aged children at home whose world was also turned upside down.
College of Nursing Launches Redesigned Ph.D. in Nursing Program
Kent State University’s College of Nursing will welcome its first nursing cohort into the Ph.D. in Nursing revised program in the fall semester 2020. The newly developed, state-of-the-science curriculum was thoughtfully constructed to prepare students to address emerging areas of nursing science by gaining essential knowledge in areas such as history and philosophy of nursing, theory, scientific writing, research methods, statistics and quantitative and qualitative design.
Dr. Dowell Explores Improving Asthma Symptom Management for Underserved Children through Community Engagement
Dr. Jo Dowell, Ph.D., APRN, CNP, PNP, FNP-BC, CFNE, serves as Assistant Professor for the Kent State University College of Nursing and examines pediatric asthma and improving health outcomes for children who suffer from this disease.
Peg’s Foundation gifts Kent Nursing $165,000 Grant to advance mental health care in NE Ohio
Kent State University College of Nursing recently received a grant totaling $165,000 from Peg’s Foundation, formerly the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, a private grant-making foundation which supports mental health programs in northeast Ohio.
Kent State Nursing Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Advance Nurse Education Within Integrated Care Settings
The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant to Kent State University College of Nursing research faculty member Jim Tudhope, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC (principal investigator) and his team.
Assoc. Dean for Nursing Research is Co-I for $2.47 Million Grant to Design Safer and More Efficient Level I Trauma Rooms
Traumatic injuries are the third leading cause of death nationally and the first in Americans age 44 and younger, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Level I trauma rooms are intended to stabilize and save the lives of patients with the most severe traumatic injuries. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a $2.47 million grant to Sara Bayramzadeh, a Kent State University researcher, to help create trauma rooms that support staff in saving patients’ lives.