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Gina Severino, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

College of Nursing
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I have been a registered nurse for the past 35 years. I graduated with a diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1985, graduated from YSU with my BSN in 2003 and graduated with my MSN from YSU in 2006. I am a certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and I graduated with my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from KSU in 2018.

For over 30 years, I have worked as a nurse in critical care, cardiac care, cardiothoracic intensive care, trauma, endoscopy, emergency nursing care and as an educator for emergency medicine. I have been teaching at Kent since 2006 and have taught a variety of courses. As a faculty member of the College of Nursing at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, I have been a mentor and preceptor for many advanced practice nursing students and a honors advisor to a number of BSN students.

I have been a member of the Ohio and American Nurses Association for the past 34 years. I am currently on the Board of Directors at ONA and I am the second vice president of District Three, ONA. I love teaching students about critical care nursing, health policy and professional nursing development. My favorite part of being a nurse and a teacher is making a difference in the lives of others, both patients and students.


  • NURS 30035 - Nursing of Adults
  • NURS 40010 - Nursing of the Critically Ill
  • NURS 40005 - Professional Nursing Development
  • NURS 40872 - Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 46000 - Health Care Policy
  • NURS 31095 - Ethics in Nursing Care


DNP, Kent State University, 2018, MSN, Youngstown State University, 2006, BSN, Youngstown State University, 2003, Diploma, St. Francis School of Nursing, 1985


Health Policy, Nursing Workforce, Workforce Development, Nursing Legislation, Critical Care Nursing


  • Severino, G. M. (2018). To Tweet or Not to Tweet: The Professional Nurse and Social Media (Powerpoint Slides). Retrieved from
  • Severino, G. M. (2016). What you should know about the Ohio Nurse Practice Act: Registered Nurses in Ohio (Powerpoint Slides). Retrieved from
  • Severino, G. M. (2004). ANA Handle with Care [Brochure]. Retrieved from
  • Contributor to District Three Practice Pearls, ONA Newsletter, (March 2014, Dec. 2014, May 2014, Sept. 2015, 2017, 2018 and February 2019)


Ohio Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International


  • 2017 Induction into the Ohio Nurses Association Cornelius Congress Ohio Nurses Association
  • 2017 Excellence in Nursing Practice Advanced Practice, Ohio Nurses Association
  • 2016 Excellence in Nursing, Ohio Nurses Association, District Three
  • 2015 DAISY Faculty Award Honorable Mention, Kent State University College of Nursing
  • 2015 Nurses Make a Difference, Ohio Nurses Association, District Three
  • 2011 Excellence in Nursing Award, Ohio Nurses Association, District Three
  • 2011 Excellence in Nursing Education Award, Ohio Nurses Association, District Three
  • 2010 Making a Difference in a Students Life, Kent State University office of the Provost
  • 2009 Excellence in Nursing Research Award, Ohio Nurses Association, District Three
  • 2005 Alice Tod Award for Academic Excellence Forum Health Women’s Board