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50 Years of Stories

Alumna Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:57am
Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Akron Children's Hospital. Aurilio received her master of science in nursing degree from Kent State University College of Nursing in  1999. Aurilio served as the hospital's Chief Nursing Offi...
Photo of Debbie Aiton, MPH, BSN
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:57am
Due to the random circumstance that my last name begins with "A", I am the first graduate of the KSU School of Nursing. My earliest memory of our pioneering class was small group meetings at the home of Dr. Henderson, held during our freshman year. She described her vision for th...
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:26am
In my senior year in 1975, I was in my Maternity Nursing clinical at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Incidentally, I was also a CNA who worked there on the weekends. My dream then was to be a midwife. The Labor and Delivery was very busy that day. The nurses I was working with knew m...
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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:54am
As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse or work in any career that would afford me the opportunity to work with patients/people. Life events changed my plan and I spent the next 20 years in Marketing. But I never lost my desire to become a nurse, or my desire to be part...
Senior nursing student, Rachel Benson (front, right), watches as Upward Bound students practice making a hospital bed occupied by a patient.
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:10am
Twenty high school students were eager to practice making hospital beds occupied by a patient after watching instructor, Ann James, MSN, RN, and nursing student, Rachel Benson, demonstrate the proper technique in the Kent State University College of Nursing skills lab. The studen...
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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 9:56am
My journey started in 1979 at Kent State University. I have appreciated many times thru the years that when I graduated from high school the only way I knew to become a nurse was to go to college and earn a BSN. College was difficult for me, mostly from lack of maturity and disci...
As a nursing student, Jennifer had the opportunity to travel to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 2:34pm
I graduated from the Kent Salem Campus in the accelerated BSN program in 2013. The nursing program at Kent Salem really changed my life. During my time in the nursing program I had the opportunity to attend two different cultural immersion trips. The first was to Geneva, Switzerl...
Friday, June 30, 2017 - 3:14pm
I graduated with my Nursing & Healthcare Management MSN in May 2012. Kent State has helped me progress in my career and field overall! I completed my ADN from a Kent State branch (East Liverpool), my BSN from main campus, and then my MSN. I have worked in the field of mental...
Heather Blume's grandfather recently celebrated his 92nd birthday.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:50pm
I was finishing my undergraduate in nursing at the University of Toledo in 2007 when I accompanied my grandfather to an outpatient heart failure follow-up appointment. He was followed by a nurse practitioner, Louann Bailey, CRNP, at the time. Louann took very good care of my gran...
Alumnus Paul Bassett, ’11, climbed Machu Picchu in Peru to bring awareness to myeloma.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 4:54pm
In 2009 I was "downsized" from a 15-year career as an analytical chemist for Pfizer. I loved my job and was fortunate enough to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry and most importantly, to bring several drugs to market. I made the decision to subject myself to a...

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