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A Message from Dean Barbara Broome
As a two-time alumna of this great institution, Kent State University College of Nursing holds a special place in my heart. For more than 50 years, Kent State College of Nursing has prepared the next generation of nurse leaders and what an exciting year 2017 was for us! Here are some of the highlights:
- Kent State University College of Nursing’s new walking poem, Some Days, was unveiled during our homecoming weekend celebration. Commissioned in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, it is the first of its kind to be comprised of community voices focused on a specific topic. The poem reflects our compassion, energy and love for nursing. It was an interdepartmental collaborative project between the college, Kent State University Wick Poetry Center and Kent, OH, design firm, Each + Every. It is on display for public viewing in Henderson Hall.
- We increased the affordability for registered nurses to complete their baccalaureate degrees by lowering the cost.
- The National League for Nursing once again designated Kent State University College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence for 2017-2022 in the category of “Advance the Science of Nursing Education.” The college was initially designated a Center of Excellence in 2013 in the same category.
- For the first time, Kent State University College of Nursing was awarded $1.1 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program grant to prepare mental health nurse practitioners.
- Our nationally recognized disaster simulation has attracted the attention of out-of-state facilities, who have contacted the college to discuss new opportunities for collaborations. The Portage County Health Department is a collaborator for the disaster simulation.
- Our NCLEX pass rate is 92% combined for all Kent State campuses.
- Our full-time faculty from all eight campuses represent 665 years of combined service. I am proud of their dedication to our students and to the advancement of nursing throughout the globe.
Our nurses are touching lives nationally and internationally. In this issue of Touch Point, we will introduce you to two individuals who embraced nurse leadership roles while caring for others following hurricanes Irma and Maria. All over the world, there are Kent State nurses changing healthcare outcomes and providing compassionate, holistic care. As we pause after celebrating our 50th Anniversary, we contemplate and look forward to the next 50 years.
Barbara Broome, Ph.D, RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing