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Dana Hansen and Amy Veney Forging new and innovative pathways in nursing research, Dr. Dana Hansen and Ms. Amy Veney of the Kent State University College of Nursing are contributing new knowledge to the fields of palliative care and family interaction during advanced serious illness (Hansen) and healthcare disparities faced by sexual and gender minorities (Veney)....

Marcy’s trekking partners, Wild Women Expeditions, a Canadian-based, women-only, women-run, travel group. Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp has always been on my bucket list. Once I decided to look turning 60 years old straight in the eye, rather than ignore or hide from it, I booked a trek as a present to myself. After all, I wasn’t getting younger! This adventure would push my comfort zone because I had never attempted to take on a challenge this...

Marcy’s trekking partners, Wild Women Expeditions, a Canadian-based, women-only, women-run, travel group. Gerry Radcliffe, BSN, MS, RN, is not an alumna of Kent State University College of Nursing, but that did not stop her from leaving her mark on Kent State nursing students. After receiving her BSN from Akron University, Radcliffe knew she needed more education. In 1979 she enrolled at the University of Akron for a...

Marcy’s trekking partners, Wild Women Expeditions, a Canadian-based, women-only, women-run, travel group. Forging new and innovative pathways in nursing research, Dr. Pamela Stephenson and Dr. Yvonne Smith of the Kent State University College of Nursing are contributing new knowledge to the fields of palliative care and spiritual uncertainty (Stephenson) and service by nurses on governing boards and online nursing education effectiveness (Smith)....

Dr. Davina Gosnell (center) poses with faculty member Mary Kutchin (left) and undergraduate program dean Tracey Motter (right) following the Homecoming 2017 festivities in Henderson Hall When Davina Gosnell, Ph.D., first came to Kent State in 1979, she planned to stay for a few years to work with the founding dean of the nursing program, Linnea Henderson, whom she greatly admired. But, the best laid plans do change, and Davina ended up as a faculty member at Kent for 25 years, eventually being named dean of the College of Nursing...

Barbara Donaho, far right front, sits with the 2018 recipients of the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award. Kent State University College of Nursing honored more than 20 northeastern Ohio medical professionals for their exceptional work mentoring Kent nursing students in a clinical setting.  Known as preceptors, these mentors were celebrated at the Twelfth Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards on Wednesday, April 11....

Barbara Donaho, far right front, sits with the 2018 recipients of the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award. Brooke Borgeson Gray, MSN, NP, ’72, has always worked with populations that are on the margin, finding her niche in public health nursing. Throughout her 45-year nursing career, she has worked with people who are at a high risk of exposure to STDs or HIV, and women with unintended pregnancies or with very...

Ann James (left) watching Erin Hawley (right) practice taking blood pressure on a manikin Erin Hawley, of Medina, OH, was excited to have a taste of independence and make new friends at Kent State University. But what makes Hawley’s college experience extra special is that she is a member of the first class accepted to Kent State’s Career and Community Studies (CCS) Program post-pilot. Hawley is also the first CCS student to take...

Ann James (left) watching Erin Hawley (right) practice taking blood pressure on a manikin College of Nursing faculty member, Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, lecturer, uses her combined passion for nursing and law to inspire students to be more aware of and involved in healthcare policy and the community. Cleveland was recently admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court (pictured left), an opportunity that affords her...

Ann James (left) watching Erin Hawley (right) practice taking blood pressure on a manikin As a two-time alumna of this great institution, Kent State University College of Nursing holds a special place in my heart. For more than 50 years, Kent State College of Nursing has prepared the next generation of nurse leaders and what an exciting year 2017 was for us! Here are some of the highlights: Kent State University College of Nursing’s...