Dr. Aller serves as an Assistant Professor for the Kent State University College of Nursing. Her research has resulted in a contemporary model of undergraduate nursing education centered on decision-making and self-efficacy, specifically designed to counteract high turnover rates for new graduates. Her reimagined theory of undergraduate nursing education addresses high attrition rates for nurses entering the workforce and leads to informed, evidence-based curricular and program decisions for better nurse preparation and patient safety. Dr. Aller’s current research uses multi-platform virtual simulation to measure the experience of nursing students: the movement from self-doubt (anxiety, fear) to self-efficacy (confidence and competence) and the development of safe patient care decisions based on sound clinical judgment. Based on her findings, Dr. Aller and her research team are conducting feasibility testing for the Aller’s Development of Decision-Making and Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Nursing Education model at Kent State University and the University of Mount Union. Dr. Aller’s recent study findings were published in Nurse Educator, and she has authored several book chapters for Elsevier’s Fundamentals of Nursing. She has also embraced unique methods of knowledge dissemination through invitational podcasts and webinars, including participation in a recent podcast series by Nurse Educator.
Previous to her current position, she served as an Associate Lecturer at Kent State University at Stark for over a decade, and her work experience includes clinical and administrative positions at Akron General/Cleveland Clinic, Summa Health, Hospice & Palliative Care of Visiting Nurse Service, and Middlebury Manor in Akron, as well as test item writing, reviewing, and teaching for Kaplan, Inc. and Elsevier Publishing, Inc. She and her research team received funding from the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon and the Austin-Bailey Health & Wellness Foundation, as well as internal funding awards through Kent State University. Dr. Aller received her PhD, MSN, and BSN degrees from Kent State University.
NURS 35060 - Critical Thinking and Test Taking
Ph.D., Kent State University, MSN, Kent State University, BSN, Kent State University
Aller, L. (2020). A Contemporary Model for Undergraduate Nursing Education: A Grounded Theory Study. Nurse Educator, 46(4), 250–254. https://doi-org.proxy.library.kent.edu/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000933
Aller, L. J. (2019). Exploring the developmental process of undergraduate nursing students (Order No. 27725723). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2355993373). Retrieved from http://proxy.library.kent.edu/login?url=https://www-proque
National League for Nurses, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Nursing
Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Kent State Stark, March 2020
Daisy Award Nominee for Excellence in Nursing Education – Graduate program, Malone University, May 2019
Health Foundation of Greater Massillon Challenge Grant Awarded, May 2019
University Teaching Council Summer Grant Awarded, Kent State University, Summer 2019
QSEN Institute (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) – named Simulation Task Force Coordinator, Case Western Reserve University, December 2018
Austin-Bailey Health & Wellness Foundation Grant Awarded, Kent State Stark, May 2018
Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Kent State Stark, March, 2018
Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Kent State Stark, May, 2017
Barbara Donaho Award of Excellence, Kent State University, October 2013