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Denice Sheehan Denice Sheehan, PhD, RN, FPCN, Associate Professor Drawing from her expertise in the areas of hospice nursing, end-of-life care, and parentally bereaved adolescents, Dr. Sheehan’s research focuses on provision of care for hospice patients and their families, including coping skills of adolescents experiencing...

Denice Sheehan Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent recognitions, publications, presentations, and awards. Recognitions Faculty Mary Anthony, PhD, RN, was elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Jennings Center for Older Adults, for 2019-2020. Ann Ancona, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, defended her dissertation, Discovering...

(From left) Shelby Worthington, Ashley Harayda, Michaela Bann, Megan Pietrusinski, Elise Cowles, and Tyler courtright attended the 2019 NSNA convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. In April, six Kent State College of Nursing students attended the 67th 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...

Shannon Gardiner is one of 400 volunteers from 40 nations who staff the Africa Mercy in Guinea, West Africa. 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...

(From left) Lorene Martin, Katie Bowen, Cheryl Brady, and Krista Hawkins were recognized for helping to make the university an accommodating and welcoming place for students with disabilities. 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. Ed., were among...

Kara Simon, BSN 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...

Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath together 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...

Congratulations to the 2019 5K winners. From left: Jessica Wilk, Madeline Shanholtzer, and Kelly Albertson led the women. The top three male finishers were Tim Meyers, Jad Itawi, and Noah Hersey. 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...

Theater students use improvisation to drive the simulation forward and create a realistic scenario for nursing students to experience. 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? Theater...

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Saving Lives in Alaska The wide open spaces of a rugged Alaskan landscape are much different from the manicured lawns that blanket the housing developments of suburban Green, where Joel Hukill grew up.  Today, he’s no stranger to the mountains, remote villages and severe weather that can whip across The Last Frontier. There, this 28-year-old stares down the...