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Kent State’s College of Nursing Presents Distinguished Alumnae Award

Posted Nov, 3, 2009

Kent State University’s College of Nursing recognized three alumnae during its Excellence in Nursing Celebration held at the Kent Student Center on Oct. 24. Lisa Aurilio, Col. Nancy Hughes and Dr. Molly McNett were named recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnae Award.

“These graduates of Kent State’s College of Nursing have demonstrated exceptional achievements since their days here at the Kent Campus,” said Dr. Laura Dzurec, dean of the university’s college of nursing. “Our three award winners this year – Lisa Aurilio, Col. Nancy Hughes and Dr. Molly McNett – help inspire our current nursing students and show the varied and exciting paths a degree in nursing can take you.”

Lisa Aurilio serves as director of nursing at Akron Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for the Maternal Fetal Neonatal Service line and has just completed a six-month period as interim director for surgical services. Following her mother into a nursing career, she earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State in 1987. She has worked for University Hospitals in Cleveland and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where she traveled and consulted on hospital and nursing operations. Aurilio later earned her master’s degree in nursing from Kent State in 1999, and she is currently enrolled in Kent State’s College of Business Executive MBA program. Aurilio is a native of Girard, Ohio, and currently resides in Twinsburg, Ohio.

A native of Ravenna, Ohio, Col. Nancy Hughes is currently the hospital commander of Moncrief Army Community Hospital in Ft. Jackson, S.C.  She graduated from Kent State with a bachelor of science in nursing in 1982. She worked at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio, as a civilian nurse before entering the U.S. Army. Prior to working at Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Hughes served as chief nursing administrator and deputy commander for nursing at Winn Army Community Hospital in Ft. Stewart, Ga. Highlights of her career include receiving the Order of Military Medical Merit, being presented with an “A” designation which represents her expertise in obstetrical nursing and being named as the consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Women’s Health Care. Hughes lives in Ft. Jackson, S.C.

Dr. Molly McNett serves as senior nurse researcher at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. In this role, McNett directs and oversees all research activities throughout the department of nursing. She completed her master’s degree in nursing in the adult clinical nurse specialist track at Kent State and continued with the joint Ph.D. in nursing program at Kent State and the University of Akron. Prior to joining MetroHealth, McNett worked as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse in a community hospital, a Level I trauma center, and as a traveling nurse, providing ICU care to hospitalized patients in various regions of the United States. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and annually presents findings from her research concerning traumatic brain injury patients at national conferences. McNett is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She now resides in Avon, Ohio.

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