Long-Serving Faculty Member Awarded for Work With Honors Students

Kent State College of Nursing faculty member Barbara L. Yoost, M.S.N., RN, CNS, CNE, ANEF, received the Distinguished Honors Faculty Award for 2013 for her work with nursing honors students.

“I was shocked and humbled to have been named the university’s Distinguished Honors Faculty Award recipient this year,” says Yoost.

Yoost first taught at the School of Nursing from 1979-1984.She returned to the College of Nursing in 2002 and began teaching honors courses. In the late 2000s, she was appointed College of Nursing Honors Program coordinator by Dean Laura Dzurec.

“As the College of Nursing has grown, so has the number of nursing students who take courses for honors credit,” Yoost says. “At present, there are approximately 85 honors students majoring in nursing on the Kent Campus.”

This year, 40 junior and senior nursing honors students participated in a new journal club course she designed. It was created to engage students in the critique and analysis of current nursing research and practice, according to Yoost.

“It has been exciting to facilitate their discussions of best practice and to help the students consider how they might use the new research to change their own nursing practice,” Yoost says.

She was chosen by a committee of honors students on the basis of letters of nomination and her outstanding teaching and mentoring of honors students.

Yoost was honored Saturday, April 13, at a brunch hosted by the Honors College.

“It is a joy to work with such bright and committed students,” she says. “I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to assist in their professional development.”