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Henderson Hall on a snowy day As the year draws to an end, Kent State University College of Nursing would like to express its gratitude to the following donors for their generous gifts. Through their support, our faculty and students will have the opportunity to expand their research interests, attend leadership conferences and receive financial support.   Dr. James L. Raper...

Various nursing students wearing personal protective equipment while practicing skills in the nursing lab at Henderson Hall on the Kent campus. This year during our Giving Tuesday Campaign from November 9 through December 1, the College of Nursing community rallied together to help raise over $XXXXXX in support for the Race into Finals Emergency Fund. This featured Giving Tuesday fund was created several years ago to provide emergency financial support to struggling students in an effort...

Kent State University College of Nursing Both the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing, established in the 1960s, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), initiated in the early 2000s, provide doctoral degree programs allowing graduates to address the needs of patients and improve the constantly changing healthcare system. However, the divergent focus of the two programs—research...

Two nurse scientists discuss their findings. Kent State University’s College of Nursing will welcome its first nursing cohort into the revised Ph.D. in Nursing program in the fall 2021 semester. The newly developed, state-of-the-science curriculum was thoughtfully constructed to prepare students to address emerging areas of nursing science by gaining essential knowledge in areas such as...

Interim Dean Denice Sheehan poses for a photo outside Henderson Hall. Those of us in the field of nursing have always been on the frontline of health crises as advocates for patient care in healthcare facilities, community health and through research.  Covid-19 is another chapter in nurses’ constant devotion to serving humanity in our collective time of need.  Our College of Nursing alumni are rising to this...

Kent State University College of Nursing lecturer Tracy M. Dodson, MSN, RN, was virtually recognized on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, as the 2020 DAISY Faculty Award recipient. Kent State University College of Nursing lecturer Tracy M. Dodson, MSN, RN, was virtually recognized on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, as the 2020 DAISY Faculty Award recipient. Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Kent campus faculty members Debra K. Cifani, DNP, RN, associate professor, and Sarah Bixler, MSN, RN, lecturer. Described as...

Water lilies floating in the sunshine Kent State University College of Nursing, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Akron General, will offer an Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certificate program beginning fall 2021. This collaborative program was created to address the regional and national shortage of SANE certified registered nurses, a shortage which is...

Junior honor nursing students (from left) Serena Truong, Samantha Magyar and Julia Justice virtually presented a poster during The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) national conference in October. 2020. Three Kent State University College of Nursing students were the only undergraduate students selected to present their research during The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) national conference in October. Due to continued social distancing recommendations, junior honor nursing students Julia Justice,...

Kent State University Giving Tuesday logo From November 9 through December 1, 2020, Kent State University will once again participate in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday serves as a day to reflect on philanthropy in a time of the year often focused on consumerism. As in years past, the College of Nursing will be featured as we work to raise additional support for our emergency fund the...

College of nursing lecturer Ann Marie James, MSN, RN, demonstrates a recurrent wrap. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Kent State University to go completely remote midway through the spring 2020 semester, College of Nursing lecturer Sarah Bixler, MSN, RN, knew she would need to get creative with her teaching methods. “I have two school-aged children at home whose world was also turned upside down. While I was managing their new...

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