Holiday Reflections from Interim Dean Denice Sheehan, Ph.D., RN, FPCN

From Touch Point Online Magazine, Winter 2020 – Vol. IV, Issue 4

Those of us in the field of nursing have always been on the frontline of health crises as advocates for patient care in healthcare facilities, community health and through research.  Covid-19 is another chapter in nurses’ consistent devotion to serving humanity in our collective time of need.  Our College of Nursing alumni are rising to this immense challenge right now and inspiring the next generation of nurses.  I am grateful for every alumnus, whose professionalism and dedication to practice is impacting innumerable lives.  Your practice is essential, and I know that Kent State’s rigorous curriculum prepared you to excel in patient care, education and research. 

Over the past year, Kent State University College of Nursing has continued to be the major educator of nurses in northeast Ohio. Our healthcare partners consistently provide us with positive feedback on the excellence of our graduates. The academic success of our students is demonstrated through our impressive scores on national examinations that are well above the norm. Our 95% passing rate on the NCLEX is outstanding. In unison with the goal of Kent State University to be Student Ready, faculty and staff diligently challenge students to be exemplars of excellence. By publishing scholarly articles, or presenting at national and international conferences, conducting research, or challenging students to hunger for knowledge, our faculty are shining examples of what makes Kent State a great place to be. Our committed faculty have pivoted and adapted to meet the needs of remote learners this year, while still providing safe options for our skills labs and simulations.  I am grateful for the faculty's flexibility in meeting our students' needs and remaining steadfast in their pursuit of excellence.  They set the tone for our collective success.  

As the evolution begins from brilliant sunshine on the vibrant green grass to a cascade of brilliant leaves falling from the trees around Henderson Hall, I begin to anticipate the silence of a white blanket of snow. The quiet this season can bring leads me to reflect on all that we have encountered in 2020.  This has been a year like no other in recent history, and I hope that 2021 will provide the relief we all need, and especially for nurses. 

During this holiday season, I give thanks for you and my entire Kent State family. May your celebrations be filled with love, joy, and cherished memories.

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 2:04pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:14pm
Denice Sheehan, PH.D., RN, FPCN