Kent State taught me to be an Excellent Clinician and Nurse Leader
After a wonderful 4 years as a nursing student, college softball player, and campus bus driver, I embarked on a 4.5 year stint in the US Air Force. I traveled to California, New Mexico, and Wiesbaden, Germany. To my surprise, I ended up back in Ohio in 1992. To my good fortune, when I returned home, I got married and attend Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic for my MSN in Nurse Anesthesia.
I remained in Ohio working and raising my family until 2007. According to my children, my mid-life crisis that year caused me to move our family to Phoenix, AZ, where I took a position as a nurse anesthesia faculty member at Midwestern University and continued to "pass gas" while working on my DNP at the University of Arizona. In 2013, I was hired by Dean Joan Shaver to start the first DNP-Nurse Anesthesia program in the desert southwest.
This year, 30 years after I graduated with my BSN from Kent, we graduated our first UA "Wildcat" DNP-NA cohort! Thanks Kent for preparing me to be an excellent clinician and leader. Many thanks to the all the faculty, especially Dr. Claire Nalepka, who was chair of my honors thesis "In search of a Professional Identity for Nursing." Nurses are the backbone of health and wellness! So proud to be a Kent State Alum!