Perseverance, a critical part of my success
I am a graduate of Kent State University School of Nursing Class of 1995. Kent State certainly had a major impact on my success today. I am currently an Area Director of Case Management & Inpatient Rehabilitation for a 400-bed medical center. I have been in nursing for 22 years and in nursing leadership for over 13 years now. I attribute my strengths as a leader, and my professionalism, to the goals and values established and driven by the wonderful professors I encountered as a nursing student at Kent State. My most memorable professor, Joan Dashield, went over and beyond to create an inclusive environment of learning for everyone and inspired us all to be our best.
Perseverance is a critical part of my success and I learned it during nursing school at Kent State! At graduation, I was selected to present at the pinning ceremony to represent my class. Not only was it my privilege, but the beginning of my passion in motion. The leadership abilities gained during my journey at Kent made a true difference in my career and in my life as a whole. I have done many things in 22 years that I never imagined possible to contribute to the field and touch many lives. It's a calling and a blessing! There is a statement I use frequently, the "Best Nurses come from Kent State." I even have the shirt. I love, and will always support Kent State School of Nursing! Congratulations on 50 years!!!