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Dr. Amy Petrinec outside in nature Kent State College of Nursing Assistant Professor, Amy Petrinec, Ph.D., RN, recently received a $50,000 two-year grant through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to research family caregivers who experience a phenomenon called post intensive care syndrome family (PICS-F) that may occur after a loved one has spent time in a...

Photo of Dean Barbara Broome smiling at an event Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is a two-time alumna of Kent State University College of Nursing and former Coordinator of the Kent State Trumbull nursing program, and she accepted the role as the college’s first African American Dean in 2014. “Kent State is a leader in educating nurses. Our alumni are making an impact in Ohio, the nation...

Flowering tree branch Dana Hansen, Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN, Amy Petrinec, Ph.D., RN, and Tracey Motter, DNP, RN, researchers from Kent State College of Nursing, along with Maureen Keeley, Ph.D., Texas State, have developed a website to offer information, support via blog participation and research opportunities for family caregivers of those touched by a serious or critical...

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...

Professional headshot of Dr. Mary K. Anthony 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...