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Photo of Dean Barbara BroomeThis time of year makes me pause and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for here in the College of Nursing. I know it is important to keep our accomplishments in mind, especially as another year ends.

Wanting a career that would allow her to be independent and work from anywhere, Erin Shelley, Ed.D., MA, BSN ‘91, RN, was drawn to the nursing profession. These days, however, she practices nursing as “art imitating life” through her role as a Technical Expert on the hit NBC show, Chicago Med.

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



Loretta Aller, RN, PhD(c), presented a plenary session, “Utilizing Simulation to Enhance Critical Thinking and Situational Awareness in BSN Students,” at the 2018 National League for Nursing Boise State University Biennial Simulation Conference, Boise, ID.

Kent State Salem senior lecturer Lorene Martin, MSN, RN, CRNP, was recognized as the 2018 DAISY Faculty Award recipient at Kent State University Salem campus on November 29, 2018. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Krista Hawkins, MSN, RN, lecturer at Kent State Salem and Cherie Mountain, MSN, RN-BC, lecturer at Kent State Stark.

In collaboration with scholars in the arts discipline, Dr. Wang and her colleagues are piloting two new and innovative intervention programs—creative movement and art expression—to test and compare the effects of these programs on children’s self-regulation skills in the domains of overeating and physical activity levels.

While many of their peers took the summer off from studying, twelve nursing students embraced the opportunity to visit new countries and learn alongside international experts, all while earning academic credit. In May, five nursing students traveled to Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for two weeks, while seven nursing students spent the month of June in Florence, Italy. 

Seven Kent State University students were among 24 northeast Ohio nursing students accepted to intern at Akron Children’s Hospital as part of the “Assuring Success with a Commitment to Enhance Nurse Diversity,” or ASCEND program. Kent senior students include Hannah Miller, Samantha Kenney, Brian Cochran, Ryan Dowling, Paige Barnum, Kayla Norris, and Parker Henderson, who attend the Kent, Salem and Stark campuses.

Tom (’69) and Sue Freeman know the true impact a nurse can make on a patient’s life. When Mimi, Tom’s wife of 50 years became ill, Tom was touched by the level of empathy her nurses provided her throughout her care. They showed compassion, caring and understanding which allowed Mimi to spend her finals days with grace and strength. Tom’s current wife Sue had a similar experience with the hospice care her husband Dave received. Dave’s nurse was a “healing angel” according to Sue.