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Brad credits Kent State College of Nursing with teaching him compassion for all persons and giving him the confidence to practice caring where the rubber meets the road.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:26am
Clare Nalepka scared me. Labor and Delivery nursing scared me. By the Fall of 1980 I’d already been on the street several years as an EMT and a tech in Robinson Memorial’s ER on the night shift. Intoxicated or psychotic or even the truly wild and crazy phencyclidine ( PCP), aka “...
Through the skills obtained at Kent State College of Nursing, Stephanneth has gone on to become an advocate for women's health.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:11am
I attended Kent State University's College of Nursing in 2010 for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program when Dr. Cyndi Roller, Ph.D., CNM, WHNP-BC,  was the director. During my matriculation, I learned from knowledgeable faculty and community health care leaders. The skil...
Kent State University President Beverly Warren (right) and Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, blow out candles at the College of Nursing’s 50th birthday party Monday afternoon.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:40pm
This year, Kent State University College of Nursing will celebrate 50 years of nursing education, research and community outreach. To kick-off the year-long celebration, the college hosted a birthday party for students, faculty, staff, alumni and distinguished guests Monday after...
Larissa Lurken of Cottage Grove, MN, has excelled at academics and basketball despite huge time commitments each demands.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 10:51am
Senior nursing student by day and KSU Women's Basketball star by night, Larissa Lurken of Cottage Grove, MN, has excelled at both despite huge time commitments each demands. She recently scored her 1,000th point - a basketball career milestone. According to Head Coach Danielle O...
Karen Bankston, Ph.D., MSN, FACHE
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 10:42am
Karen Bankston, Ph.D., MSN, FACHE, associate dean for clinical practice, partnership and community engagement at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, is a two-time alumna of Kent State College of Nursing. She recently shared her nursing experience with us and provided...
Handwriting on a piece of paper
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:57am
In honor of the College’s 50th anniversary, The Wick Poetry Center hosted “Healing Stanzas” workshops. During the workshop, students were asked to write their own poetry reflecting on various aspects of the nursing profession and their experiences thus far. The poems will be edit...
Rebecca with her husband, Eric, in Mungeli, Chhattisgargh India.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:47am
I was part of the first graduating class in 1971, transferring from the St. Luke's Hospital 3 year program. At the time, this "new" BSN program seemed grueling. Up early to take the bus to Cleveland, night classes, not much free time. After graduation, I quickly realized how luck...