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College of Nursing faculty member, Jennifer Shanholtzer, poses for a photo at Henderson Hall with the two ventilators that were donated to UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio. Kent State University College of Nursing faculty members Jennifer Shanholtzer, MSN, RN, CHSE, lecturer and sim lab co-coordinator, and Jeremy Jarzembak, MA, BSN, BS, RN, senior lector and sim lab co-coordinator, were participating in a virtual faculty meeting about the COVID-19 pandemic last week when an idea struck. “We kept thinking about the...

Henderson Hall on an early spring day As I have met and talked with more and more of you during my eight months here in the College of Nursing, I have seen firsthand how special nurses are. Nurses are empathetic, funny, no-nonsense, driven, amazingly compassionate and caring. It really does take a special kind of person to be a nurse, and as nurses do when times get tough, they rally...

Junior nursing students participate in a simulation at Henderson Hall. On a Tuesday morning in late February, students in lab coats file into the College’s four simulation classrooms and form rings around four lifelike pediatric mannikins, or human patient simulators. Each group participates in a high-fidelity simulation—one with maximum realism—that includes equipment and personnel typically found in the...

Junior nursing students participate in a simulation at Henderson Hall. Discovering the science behind decision-making sparked a curiosity and passion for research in Mary K. Anthony, Ph.D., RN, Kent State University College of Nursing professor and associate dean for research. “I saw a huge discrepancy in how nurses made decisions. I was curious to understand why and how decisions...

Roxia Boykin sits in Henderson Hall When Roxia Boykin, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, CDM, CDE, thinks about her 43-year nursing career, she recalls her humble beginnings. “I come from a family of seven children. My parents worked very hard, often at two jobs, to provide the bare necessities, like making sure we each had 25 cents for school lunch every day,” she said. “I never could have...

ollege of Nursing students, as well as Senior Lecturer Elaine Thomas and Dean Barbara Broome thank our Giving Tuesday supporters in the simulation lab, next to a mannequin in a hospital bed The month of November served as Giving Tuesday month here in the College of Nursing culminating with Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 3rd. Giving Tuesday began in 2012 to focus on philanthropy and giving back in a time of the year dominated by consumerism. Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this day of giving soon took off and has...

ollege of Nursing students, as well as Senior Lecturer Elaine Thomas and Dean Barbara Broome thank our Giving Tuesday supporters in the simulation lab, next to a mannequin in a hospital bed Jim Tudhope, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, recently joined the College of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration. Dr. Tudhope graduated with his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Kent State University last spring following the defense of his doctoral...

2019 DAISY Award recipient and DAISY honorable mentions with College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome. Kent State University College of Nursing lecturer Lisa Davis, MSN, RN, was recognized as the 2019 DAISY Faculty Award recipient at Henderson Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Kent campus faculty members Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, lecturer, and Edward A. Herzog, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, Associate...

Seasons greetings from Dean Barbara Broome Holiday Greetings, one and all! Over the past year, Kent State University College of Nursing has continued to be the major educator of nurses in northeast Ohio, and I couldn’t be prouder of our alumni. Our healthcare partners consistently provide us with positive feedback on the excellence of our graduates. The...

Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate dean for graduate programs stands next to Jim K. Tudhope, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC,, who was the first Kent State Peg Kent State University College of Nursing recently received a grant totaling $165,000 from Peg’s Foundation, formerly the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, a private grant-making foundation which supports mental health programs in northeast Ohio. Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate dean for graduate programs and Lisa Onesko, DNP,...