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Maddie Boone On January 17, 2019, Kent State University College of Nursing sophomore Maddie Boone celebrated five years cancer-free in a special way - at the hospital for her very first day of clinicals. A date that has long troubled Maddie, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and also suffered a broken hip the same day in 2015, will now be filled with hope...

Kent State University College of Nursing juniors (from left) Aaliyah Davis, Adam Roman and Christina Hansen serve their clinical rotations at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Watch: WEWS News 5 Cleveland's Coverage University Hospitals and Kent State University are joining forces to address the ongoing nursing shortage in Northeast Ohio through a new Nursing education initiative that will increase the number of baccalaureate-degreed nurses who enter the workforce each year. This program will better meet the needs...

Kent State University College of Nursing juniors (from left) Aaliyah Davis, Adam Roman and Christina Hansen serve their clinical rotations at University Hospitals of Cleveland. A team of investigators at Kent State University College of Nursing are using video teleconferencing technology, known as Project ECHO®, to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to high quality care. Wendy Umberger, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate dean for graduate studies, Andrea Warner Stidham, Ph.D.,...

Tom Jennings as a child, sitting on his mother Tom Jennings ’85, is a Peabody and Emmy award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, but what inspires him are the lessons he learned from his mom, Mary Feran, an anesthesia nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. Although Mary passed away when Tom was very young, he still remembers her dedication to her job and...

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...