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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,...

(From left) Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Huxel, BSN A reunion more than twenty years in the making took place earlier this year for three Kent State University nursing and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) alums. In February, senior nurses across the Army Nurse Corps met for an annual leadership training in San Antonio, TX. It was there that Colonel Amanda Forristal, BSN '93, Deputy Commander...

(From left) Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Huxel, BSN Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent recognitions, publications, presentations, and awards. Recognitions Faculty Mary Anthony, Ph.D., RN, had a published journal article cited as research underlying new joint National Guidelines on Delegation issued by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and...

Photo of Amy Petrinec According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine, nearly six million patients in the United States are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) each year, and family members of these critically ill patients are at risk for developing clinically significant psychological distress, referred to as post-intensive care syndrome. Drawing from her...

Jeremy Jarzembak explains a simulation mannequin Technology and computers have always interested Kent State University College of Nursing senior lecturer Jeremy Jarzembak, MA ‘02, BSN, BS ‘98, RN, who co-coordinates The Olga A. Mural Simulation Lab and teaches informatics at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The field of Informatics focuses on trends in data, such as ECGs, lab...

Pat Gless reflects on May 4, 1970 near what was then the ambulance bay of the old Ravenna hospital In the spring of 1970, two-time alumna Pat Gless, MSN ’93, BSN ’71, RN, was a junior in Kent State University’s inaugural nursing program. While in class on Monday, May 4, a professor rushed into her classroom and warned students who could leave campus to do so. “Campus felt very somber, like someone was invading our space. We weren’t...

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...