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Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent recognitions, publications, presentations, and awards.

In April, six Kent State College of Nursing students attended the 68th Annual National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. Students who are active members of their university’s chapter of the Student Nursing Association (SNA), in addition to being national SNA members, may attend convention. Junior Ashely Harayda, SNA vice president, was excited about her first NSNA conference. “This was a great experience! I enjoyed the opportunity to network with other nursing students and practicing nurses.”

Alumna Shannon Gardiner, BSN ’09, RN, CCRN, always knew she wanted to help people, but also longed for a career that would provide flexibility along the way. After a few years working in Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric ICU, followed by some time as a travel nurse, a Google search for volunteer opportunities led her to Mercy Ships, who own and operate the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.

Kent State University is committed to making its physical and digital environments accessible and inclusive. On Friday, May 3, College of Nursing faculty members Mary Bacha, MSN, RN; Krista Hawkins, MSN, RN; Cheryl Brady, MSN, RN, CNE; Lorene Martin, MSN, RN, CRNP and Academic Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Katie Bowen, M.

Kara Simon, of Oregon, OH, graduated from Kent State University College of Nursing in May 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was among 87 Kent State students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States, this past spring. Founded in 1776, “Phi Beta Kappa has championed education in the arts and sciences, fostered freedom of thought, and recognized academic excellence[1].”

Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath are best friends who went through the nursing program together and graduated one year apart with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from Kent State University’s Geauga Campus. Now they are both intensive care nurses. But they also happen to be mother and daughter.

For mom Ronda, nursing was a life calling that got deferred by early marriage and raising a family; for daughter Caitlyn, nursing was an unexpected discovery made along the way.

More than 160 runners and walkers participated in Kent State University College of Nursing’s 6th Annual Race into Finals 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The events began at 8:30 a.m. outside Henderson Hall. The course, with its paved pathways and a few small hills, allowed racers to experience Kent State University’s scenic, springtime views.

Within The Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab at Kent State University College of Nursing, a hospice scenario unfolds. A relatively new simulation experience within the college, junior nursing students tend to a dying mother and answer questions and concerns from her two adult children and tensions build.  Who is this family in distress?

Joel Hukill is a flight nurse for Guardian Flight Alaska and living out a dream he didn’t realize he’d had. Now, he has no doubts that he’s found his calling.

“Choosing this profession is the best decision that I have ever made,” said the 2014 graduate of the nursing program at Kent State University at Stark.