Areas of Expertise:

Nursing Education & Transition to Practice

We develop breakthroughs in the science of nursing education.

Today, nurse educators are facing unique challenges with preparing nurses to enter an increasingly complex healthcare system. A shortage of nurse educators and clinical placement opportunities, advancements in technology, inadequate education of students in math and sciences, and the gap between education and entry to practice are just some of these challenges – innovative approaches are needed to keep apace.

Kent State nurse researchers are investigating these challenges and working to develop leading-edge solutions, including programs to help nurses transitioning into practice and those who are just beginning their careers.

Our research and scholarship in this area is acknowledged by the National League for Nursing (NLN). The NLN has designated Kent State University College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education twice (2013-2017, 2017-2022).

Affiliated Faculty

  • Marcy Caplin, Ph.D., RN, CNE
    Focus: Professional identity development for RNs in BSN-completion programs.
  • Lynn Gaddis, DNP, APRN, CNP-BC
    Focus: The benefits of fellowship programs for new graduate APRNs to enhance transition, satisfaction, and retention and improve patient care.
  • Timothy W. Meyers, Ph.D, MSN, RN
    Focus: Higher education disparities that occur related to socioeconomic status.
  • Tracey Motter, DNP, RN
    Focus: Diversity of the nursing student population and transition-to-practice for new graduates.
  • Denice Sheehan, Ph.D., RN
    Focus: The development of a layered mentoring program with nursing students across academic programs and clinicians to advance the science and practice of end-of-life care.
  • James Tudhope, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
    Focus: Better alignment for early entry APRNs in community mental health with patients who have established complex integrative needs.
  • Yvonne M. Smith, Ph.D., APRN-CNS
    Focus: Curriculum and instruction in nursing education; how building relationships in nursing education and practice influences both learning and practice-related outcomes; nursing faculty perceptions of experiences, strategies, and intensity while teaching in the online environment.

Recent Publications & Presentations

Dowell, J. (2019, July). Research literacy in nursing: Engaging graduate student nurses into research. Poster presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress, Alberta, Canada.

Chen, Y. J., Smith, Y. M., & Warner Stidham, A. (2019, May). Nurse faculty perspectives on online teaching effectiveness. Poster presented at the Sigma Theta Tau 2019 Annual Research Collaborative, Kent, Ohio.

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

Chen, K., Smith, Y., & Warner Stidham, A. (2019, March). Understanding online teaching effectiveness from nurse faculty perspectives. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Kansas City, MO.

Meyers, T. W., & Karpinski, A. (2018). The relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and NCLEX-RN: Comparing SES indicators in mediated logistic regression. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39(4), 238-240.

Caplin, M. (2018, April). The power of the BSN: Impact of professional identify. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Cleveland, OH.

Smith, Y. M., & Crowe, A. R. (2017). Nurse educator perceptions of the importance of relationship in online teaching and learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33, 11-19. doi:0.1016/j.profnurs.2016.06.004

Recent Grants

Investigators Grant Title Funding Agency
Katie Robertson, Jennifer Shanholtzer, Kellie Jarzembak, and Jeremy Jarzembak Learning in Action Through High-Impact Simulation Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation
Tracey Motter and Christine Kauth Linked-In to Practice (LIP) BSN Program for Undergraduate Scholarships (Choose Ohio First)  continuation award Ohio Department of Higher Education