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A passing student adds bright color to a snowy scene behind Henderson Hall on the Kent campus. This 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. This year, your dedication to the profession of nursing, the college and the university has resulted in many accomplishments. Among the...

Erin Shelley (left) with Chicago Med star Colin Donnell (middle) and RN technical expert Sophia Meneses (right) 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. “My primary role is an Operating Room nurse. I...

Erin Shelley (left) with Chicago Med star Colin Donnell (middle) and RN technical expert Sophia Meneses (right) Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent recognitions, publications and presentations. Recognitions Faculty 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...

Senior Lecturer Lorene Martin (left) holds her DAISY Award certificate next to Assoc. Dean Tracey Motter (right) 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. “Upon hearing I...

Photo of Ya-Fen Wang According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20 percent of children in the United States are obese, presenting serious health risks to children and adolescents and disproportionately affecting disadvantaged and minority children. To better understand and address this alarming trend, Dr. Ya-Fen Wang,...

Left: Students pose in front of the Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Northern Ireland. Right: Students studying in Florence, Italy stop for a photo with Dr. George Benaim at Poggibonsi Public Hospital in Poggibonsi, Italy. 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...

Left: Students pose in front of the Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Northern Ireland. Right: Students studying in Florence, Italy stop for a photo with Dr. George Benaim at Poggibonsi Public Hospital in Poggibonsi, Italy. Jeanne Brynerby Shyla Wolf Inspired by all she witnessed at the bedside, Jeanne Bryner, RN, BN, CEN (rtd), began recording her nursing stories in a journal so she, “would never forget their impact.” Today, those stories, and the stories of other nurses, have become the foundation of Bryner’s published short...

Left: Students pose in front of the Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Northern Ireland. Right: Students studying in Florence, Italy stop for a photo with Dr. George Benaim at Poggibonsi Public Hospital in Poggibonsi, Italy. Jason Fisher, Kim Cleveland, Sarah Kearney, and Thomas Watral stand next to their collaborative poster presentations at the 2018 TAANA Conference. The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) held their annual conference in Denver, Colorado August 16 – 19, 2018. Professor Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN,...

College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome and Tracey Motter, associate dean for undergraduate programs stand with Kent nursing 2018 ASCEND students, Hannah Miller, Paige Barnum, Brian Cochran, Ryan Dowling, and Samantha Kenney. 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...

Tom (left) and Sue (right) Freeman 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...