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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...

Ann James (left) watching Erin Hawley (right) practice taking blood pressure on a manikin Marsha and Dewey Wineland want to make a difference in nursing education. Marsha is a proud alumna of Kent State University having earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1974 from the College of Nursing. She then volunteered to be a preceptor and was recognized by her students at the Barb Donaho Awards in 2014....

Ann James (left) watching Erin Hawley (right) practice taking blood pressure on a manikin When Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the United States Virgin Islands in September 2017, they left a path of utter destruction and upheaval in their wake. Without power and access to clean water and food, residents struggled to survive. Kent State University College of Nursing RN-to-BSN student, Debra...

From left: Mia Lind, social worker, Puerto Rico; Gesaline Rivera, social worker, Puerto Rico; Janine Snalley; Katie Blanker, social worker, Wisconsin. Janine Smalley, MSN, RN-BC, a nurse at the Veterans Affairs Wade Park Hospital in Cleveland, OH, was among those placed on medical disaster relief standby when Hurricane Irma crashed into Puerto Rico. “Report to the airport at 6 a.m. tomorrow for departure to Puerto Rico.” The phone call came in the middle of...

From left: Mia Lind, social worker, Puerto Rico; Gesaline Rivera, social worker, Puerto Rico; Janine Snalley; Katie Blanker, social worker, Wisconsin. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent recognitions and publications. Recognitions Faculty Loretta Aller, PhDc, RN, was interviewed for an article in the Canton Repository addressing healthy holiday eating. Jennifer Doyle, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, was honored at the University of Louisville (where she completed her...