College of Nursing

Dear students, faculty, alumni, friends, and other constituents:

Kent State University College of Nursing will host an accreditation visit by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) from Mar. 14 to 16, 2018. CCNE will be conducting an on-site evaluation of our baccalaureate in nursing, master's in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs.

Paul Bassett, BSN ’11, Boston, MA, loves adventure. His most recent quest - hiking Japan's Mount Fuji in July 2017 with 19 teammates, six of whom were cancer patients. The expedition was made possible by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) initiative, Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma. This program provides support for teams of doctors, researchers, nurses, patients, and loved ones to raise awareness and funding for new research programs.

A day in the life of a nurse is a dynamic experience. Containing both bright and dark moments, a nurse must sort through an emotional roller-coaster daily. These sensitive moments and memories are tangible elements in Kent State University College of Nursing’s new poem, Some Days, an interdepartmental collaborative project between the college, Kent State University Wick Poetry Center and Kent, OH, design firm, Each + Every.

For the first time, Kent State University College of Nursing has been awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program grant. The grant will fund an estimated $1.1 million over four years as faculty work to expand the behavioral health workforce in rural and underserved areas and develop the workforce with team-based integrated care competencies.

One of the best parts about celebrating an anniversary is sharing the memories! Do you have old photos, or perhaps an article about Kent State University College of Nursing packed away somewhere? Think back on your memories at Kent State - pull out your scrapbooks and albums, download your Facebook or Flickr pictures and share your favorites with us!

Nurses wanting to pursue a baccalaureate degree now have an easier way to do so thanks to Kent State University College of Nursing’s revised 100% online RN-to-BSN program that was launched during the fall 2017 semester. The revision, driven by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) goal to have 80% of the nursing workforce educated at the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) level by 2020, will make Kent State’s program more accessible and convenient for practicing nurses.

Throughout 2017, Kent State University College of Nursing has been celebrating 50 years of nursing education, research and community outreach.

Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2017

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to take part in multiple Homecoming events in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary:

Rebecca Herr’s (’71) advice for students is that “although they can’t be an expert at everything, they need to remain curious.” Herr’s own sense of curiosity became a passion for adventure.  Her appreciation for exploration inspired her to begin mission work in India in 1999, where she has helped mentor nursing students in various clinical areas. Noticing the lack of nursing libraries while there, Herr began collecting nursing textbooks from professors and friends to donate to the students who needed them most.

Around the same time, Herr, and her husband, Eric, also began making donations to the Kent State University College of Nursing study abroad program. They gave when they were able, knowing Kent State played an important role in nursing education. The College of Nursing is meeting the needs of learners and preparing the next generation of leaders in nursing.

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Jason Rothaermel, BSN, MBA, was recently recognized as a "Leader in Nursing" by the American Health Council for his expertise in Oncology. Rothaermel, who received his bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State University College of Nursing in 1998, is the current standing Regional Director of The Oncology Nurse Education Team at AbbVie Labs. 

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Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Akron Children's Hospital. Aurilio received her master of science in nursing degree from Kent State University College of Nursing in  1999.

Aurilio served as the hospital's Chief Nursing Officer for 7 years in which she was responsible for ensuring professional nursing practice and standards, in addition to overseeing patient service areas of both Akron Children's Hospitals, as well as the offsite patient care units within the adult hospitals. 

Read more about Lisa Aurilio's role at Akron Children's Hospital