About Dean Barbara Broome

Dr. Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, will become the sixth dean of Kent State University's College of Nursing on March 17, 2014. She is coming from the University of South Alabama, but she is a Kent State alumna with roots in Northeast Ohio.

Dean Broome began her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse after attending the Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing in Salem, according to the Youngstown Vindicator.

She went on to receive both her BSN and MSN from Kent State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dean Broome is in a unique position returning to her alma mater to become dean.

"As a graduate of Kent State's College of Nursing, I know firsthand the exceptional quality of education," she said. "I have traveled extensively, and it seems I always meet a proud Kent State graduate."

Her connections to Kent State University and the College of Nursing do not end there. From 1991 until 1999, she worked at the Trumbull campus, where she was the nursing coordinator. In this position, she was an instructor, recruiter and mentor to new students. Over the years, she has worked closely with Kent State nursing faculty in a research capacity.

After her original tenure at Kent State University, she moved to Mobile, Alabama to serve as Chair of the Community/Mental Health Department and assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. While there, she became the associate dean in the College of Nursing.

In an interview with Worldwide Who's Who, Dean Broome shared that she became a nurse because she had a personal desire to be involved in helping people, and that helping people is her motivation.

"Helping people, in both the clinical setting and as a mentor, inspires me," she said. "It is so important to mentor young people and help them learn how to succeed."

Mentoring young people has been a theme throughout her career. In the early 2000's, she was involved at a local level with the national Health Careers Exploring program, which was put into place to introduce children to careers in healthcare.

Dean Broome has written numerous chapters in books and journal articles on topics such as bullying, incontinence, aging and mentoring. Her research and areas of interest include mental health, adult health, women's health, and minority issues and aging issues in urinary incontinence in men and women.

She was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2008 and also served as the President of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Broome is active in numerous professional organizations including the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Sigma Theta Tau, and National Black Nurses.

Dr. Barbara Broome is returning to Kent State at the perfect time. "The Kent community is more exciting and dynamic than ever before," she said. "I am truly excited to return to Kent State and to make a difference."