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Friday, June 9, 2017 - 11:25am
I initially began my journey in the health education Ph.D. Program at KSU. Once my mother passed assay, my priorities in life changed and I began to take prerequisites for nursing.     I joined the accelerated nursing program in Fall 2015 and never looked back. I enjoyed and took...
Victoria Harger, Caitlin Flynn, and Jess Paul stand with Akron Children’s Hospital’s Jeffrey Hord, MD, Director, Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:32am
Kent State University nursing students collectively raised $4,105 for The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.
The 2017 Race into Finals men’s and women’s top finishers pose with their medals outside Henderson Hall. From left: Kellie Janus, Jammie Rhoads, Zach Morris, Eric Asp, and Noah Gurney.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:57am
More than 150 runners and walkers registered to participated in Kent State University College of Nursing’s 4th Annual Race into Finals 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run this past Saturday. Spirits were high in spite of the morning’s chilly temperature and cold rain. The event began...
Kent State University College of Nursing seniors, Alyssa Lodi (back, right) and Anna Hunker (front, right), lead a group of middle school students through simple yoga stretches to promote relaxation and mindfulness during the health and wellness fair.
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 2:32pm
Alliance Middle School students are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices after attending a health and wellness fair presented by a group of senior nursing students from Kent State University College of Nursing. The adolescents rotated through four exhibits which focused...
Falisha Lee, right, smiles with one of her classmates.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 9:10am
My journey to becoming a Registered Nurse started at Kent State University in 2009. I had previously graduated with a degree in English and a minor in criminal justice. I wanted to become an Attorney, but that quickly changed when I was hired by The Department of Veterans Affairs...
Susan Biasella-Hohs, who designed the Kent State College of Nursing pin, holds little Sebastian.
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:43am
August 1967 - Dr. Henderson recruited me from the St.Luke's SON to join the first class of KSU-SON. In 1968, we created the uniform and cap, then rode the KSU bus to Cleveland for busy clinical days. Imagine trying to participate in post-conferences while riding the bus home with...
Jason Fisher, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN-CMC, MSN/FNP graduate student, and Suzanna Thiese, BSN student, recently advocated for nursing policy on Capitol Hill.
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:40am
Jason Fisher, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN-CMC, a MSN/FNP graduate student, and Suzanna Thiese, a BSN student, recently attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. The three day conference hosted speakers from the National Institutes of...
Shenell was selected to represent her class as a presenter at their 1995 pinning ceremony.
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:06am
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 yea...
Kent State College of Nursing Kent afforded Janet Laskos the opportunity to grow in her field.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:50pm
I graduated from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Youngstown, OH, in 1971. Our instructors told us we would need a BSN in the future. I already had 2 years of college so I transferred those to Kent State. Kent would not accept my anatomy class transcript, so after the...
Cassandra Johnson, a senior nursing student from Boardman, OH, was recently offered a spot on the Cleveland Indians Entertainment Team for the 2017 season.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:34pm
Cassandra Johnson, a senior nursing student from Boardman, OH, was recently offered a spot on the Cleveland Indians Entertainment Team for the 2017 season after a rigorous application process.  Of the 200 applicants, 65 were offered an audition and only 35 were selected this year...