Awards & Achievements - Summer 2019

From Touch Point Online Magazine, Summer 2019 – Vol. III, Issue 2

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent recognitions, publications, presentations, and awards.



  • Mary Anthony, PhD, RN, was elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Jennings Center for Older Adults, for 2019-2020.
  • Ann Ancona, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, defended her dissertation, Discovering the Art and Science of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Students’ Experiences with Journaling in an Undergraduate Pediatric Clinical Rotation, and received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a literacy specialization from the College of Education, Health and Human Services.
  • Karen Mascolo, DNP, RN, was granted a Certificate of Completion for successful completion of the Peer Reviewer Course though Quality Matters, a non-profit, quality assurance organization.
  • Karen Mascolo, DNP, RN, was selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Teaching Scholars Program at Kent State University.
  • Marilyn Nibling, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, PNP-BC, was selected to chair the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Public Policy Committee for 2019.
  • Jennifer Shanholtzer, MSN, RNC-OB, CHSE, was certified by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).


The following students defended their scholarly projects and graduated with their DNP:

  • Christina Gabele, Compassion Fatigue: A Plan for Prevention (Advisor, Dr. Lisa Onesko; Committee, Drs. Louise Knox and Jo Dowell)
  • James Tudhope, Development and Design of a Competency-Based Curriculum for an Integrated Community Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program (Advisor, Dr. Wendy Umberger; Committee, Drs. Lynn Gaddis and Andrea Warner Stidham)

Alumna & current DNP student, Jasmine Hoff, MSN ‘19, of Cleveland, has been appointed to serve as a graduate student member on the Kent State University Board of Trustees for a term beginning June 11, 2019, & ending May 16, 2021.


Todd Harford, BSN ’94, was recently named president of University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center.


Kent State University College of Nursing recently honored 20 outstanding preceptors who consistently go above and beyond at the 2019 Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards. Meet the recipients



Amato, S., & Anthony, M. (in press). Hospital environmental effects on sleep in adults with traumatic brain injury in rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi.10.1097/rnj.0000000000000220

Cleveland, K. A., Motter, T., & Smith, Y. M. (in press). Affordable care: Harnessing the power of nursing. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

Petrinec, A. (in press). Health and daily functioning of older women religious. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.



The following presentations were made by CON faculty at the 43rd Annual Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Kansas City, MO, March 27-30, 2019:

  • Anthony, M., Motter, T., & Hassler, D. Nursing research: Science meeting creative pathways. Poster.
  • Chen, K., Smith, Y., & Warner Stidham, A. Understanding online teaching effectiveness from nurse faculty perspectives. Poster.
  • Petrinec, A., & Chen, K. Post-intensive care syndrome-family: Feasibility of cognitive behavioral therapy app. Poster.
  • Schoenewald, C., & Warner Stidham, A. Exploring the experience of foster care alumni attending college with photo elicitation. Poster.
  • Warner Stidham, A., & Schoenewald, C. The experiences of posttraumatic growth among foster care alumni. Poster.
  • Wang, Y., Verlezza, B., & Kan, K. Key challenges and lessons learned from creative interventions for promoting self-control skills in children from disadvantaged populations. Poster.

Smith, Y. M., & Cleveland, K. A. (2019, April). Nurse leaders serving on boards: Experiences and effectiveness. Podium presentation for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2019 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Motter, T., & Meyers, T. W. (2019, March). Linked-in to Practice (LIP): A partnership to address the transition to practice. Podium presentation for the Ohio League for Nursing Education Summit, Columbus, Ohio.


The following presentations were made by CON students at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2019 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in March:

  • Lauren Bruwer, A quality improvement initiative for improved Clinical practice. Poster.
  • Kayla Little, What’s the confusion with CAM-ICU? Poster.
  • Amanda Walker and Daniella Pulliam, Strategies for decreasing sepsis mortality while improving sep -1 core measure compliance. Podium.

The following presentation was made by a Ph.D. student at the MNRS Annual Research Conference:

  • Kanan, S. Integrative review: Characteristics of physical activity programs associated with physical activity adherence in adults with coronary artery disease. Paper.

Several CON students presented their research at the 6th Annual Kent State University Undergraduate Symposium in April:

  • Olivia Arnold and Isabella Tassiello, International students’ social media usage and acculturative stress (Dr. Dana Hansen)
  • Kayla Galton, An integrated review of the literature concerning Ohio abortion legislation (Dr. Kim Cleveland)
  • Melissa Henry, Nutritional management of pediatric patients with short bowel syndrome (Dr. Dana Hansen)
  • Emily Schaefer, Development of instructional material for a cognitive behavior therapy app (Drs. Amy Petrinec and Kathy Chen)

Several CON students presented their research at the 34th Annual Kent State University Graduate Research Symposium in April:

  • Ezinne Anaba, Influence of food price on incidence and prevalence of obesity
  • Lauren Bruwer, Ventriculitis: A QI initiative for improved clinical practice
  • Jason Fisher & Yvonne Smith, (Re)defining the economic value of nursing
  • Jasmine Hoff, Medical marijuana: A thematic review (Kim Cleveland)
  • Shadi Kanan, Integrative review: Characteristics of physical activity programs associated with physical activity adherence in adults with coronary artery disease
  • Dawn Troup, Enhanced recovery after surgery for hysterectomy


The following presentation was made by a recent DNP graduate at the MNRS Annual Research Conference:

  • Adams, S. A culturally sensitive community-based breast health education program for African American women living in Calhoun County, Michigan. Paper.

The following presentation was made by a recent MSN graduate at the Sigma Delta Xi, Delta Omega, Pi Chi and Alpha Mu 2019 Collaborative Annual Research Conference in May:

  • Jason Fisher & Yvonne Smith, Nursing Value in Value-Based Healthcare

Grants and Awards


Linda Aller, PhD(c), RN, received a Summer Teaching Development grant from the KSU Teaching Council.

Dana Hansen, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, was awarded funding from the University Research Council for her project, Health Care Provider Experiences with Patient Social Media Illness Stories.

Andrew Snyder, MPH, BSN, Academic Program Coordinator for the College of Nursing, received a funding award from the Ohio Department of Health for his project, Quality Innovations in the Continuum of HIV Care.

Melissa Owen, MSN, RN, received a grant award from the Elizabeth Prentiss Severance Foundation for new simulation equipment at the Geauga campus.


Dawn Troup received the award for best presentation for her session at the Kent State University Graduate Research Symposium for her research project, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for Hysterectomy.

Olivia Arnold and Isabella Tassiello, undergraduate honors students, were awarded the second-place prize in Nursing/Computer Science/ Mathematics/Business at the Undergraduate Research Symposium for their presentation, International Students’ Social Media Usage and Acculturative Stress (Dr. Dana Hansen, mentor)

Katherine Cottrill (MSN student) and Rose Solar (BSN student) were recognized as this year’s scholarship recipients at the Ohio Nurses Association’s 18th annual Nurses Choice Luncheon.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:51am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 11:50am
Denise Karshner