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College of Nursing Researchers Study Bone Health of Transgender Individuals

Carol Sedlak (left) and Cynthia Roller (right)Carol Sedlak, PhD, RN, CNS, ONC, CNE, FAAN, and Cynthia Roller, PhD, RN, CNP, CNM,  have received a grant provided jointly by Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Nurses Foundation to study the bone health of transgender individuals.

Since many transgender individuals use hormones to induce and maintain the physical and psychological characteristics of the sex matching their gender identity, they put themselves at risk for osteoporosis and other alterations to their bone health.

Study participants will provide data through a standardized survey, and some study participants will be recruited for a follow-up interview.

Former Dean Gosnell Honored For Her Impact on the Nursing Profession

Davina Gosnell, former Dean of Kent State's College of NursingDr. Davina Gosnell, former dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing from 1989 to 2004, was recently acknowledged as one of 100 Alumni Transformers in Nursing & Healthcare by The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

According to the Record Courier, she was recognized as being among alumni of the college who have deeply impacted the profession of nursing and the healthcare system, and for her contributions in nursing education leadership, global health initiatives and research, and publication.

A resident of Kent, Ohio, Dr. Gosnell is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Nurses Foundation.

Yvonne Smith Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

Yvonne Smith, faculty at Kent State College of NursingYvonne Smith, current undergraduate and graduate faculty member and former assistant dean of Kent State University College of Nursing, has successfully defended her dissertation for a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Smith’s dissertation, titled Using A Qualitative Approach to Explore Nursing Faculty Perceptions of Teaching Online, explores faculty perceptions of online teaching and works to clarify workload and policy issues, barriers to quality online teaching and learning, and faculty needs for professional development and support. Many College of Nursing faculty members contributed data for the study.

Professor Emerita O'Toole Named an IU Alumni Legacy Leader

Anita W. O'TooleAnita W. O'Toole, professor emerita of nursing, Kent State University, has been named as one of the first recipients of the Alumni Legacy Leaders award by Indiana University School of Nursing. The Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders were honored on June 21, 2014, as part of IU’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Weekend in Indianapolis, IN.

O’Toole joined the faculty at Kent State’s College of Nursing in 1974. Throughout her distinguished career, she co-edited and co-authored numerous publications and gave presentations in the U.S. and abroad. She also conducted research on several topics, including the recognition and reporting of child abuse.

The Alumni Legacy Leaders award recognizes the outstanding contributions of 100 of IU’s more than 30,000 living alumni. A competitive submission and review process was used to select the 100 extraordinary alumni for this award and took into consideration the breadth and depth of their contributions.

Kent State's College of Nursing Named A Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing School for 2014

Kent State's College of Nursing Named in the Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools for the Second TimeKent State University College of Nursing was named as a Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing School by

The College of Nursing has received this distinction both times the list has been released, first in 2012 and now in 2014.

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KSU Nursing Students Join Nursing Honors Society

KSU College of Nursing Student being inducted into the Delta XI chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nearly 70 students and 3 community members were inducted into the Delta XI chapter of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honors society on April 27th, 2014 at the Kent Student Center KIVA. 

Kent State University College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome was the keynote speaker and Delta XI Chapter President Connie Stopper gave an overview of the history and mission of the organization. 

For a full list of inductees, click here.

To view the photos from the event, click here

Five Nursing Student Ambassadors Recognized

KSU Student Ambassadors logoOn Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Kent State Student Ambassadors gathered at the Kent Student Center for The 31st Annual Induction & Awards Luncheon. The College of Nursing is honored to have five of its students serving as Student Ambassadors at various events on campus. 

Nursing students Kaitlyn Evans, Emily Nighswander and Samantha Rhoades, along with senior nursing students Rushia Edwards and Brenna Lynam, proudly represent Kent State by giving campus tours, greeting guests at events and hosting candidates, donors and guest lecturers while on campus.

About the Kent Student Ambassadors

Established in 1983 as a branch of the Kent State Alumni Association, The Kent State Student Ambassadors is a service organization made up of a select group of the finest students from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs, majors and interests. 

Student Ambassadors are not compensated and commit to participating in four events during the fall semester and three events in the spring. In total, Kent State’s Student Ambassadors account for 1,400 volunteer hours each year.

Pamela Rafferty-Semon Wins Showcase of Excellence in Action Award

Pamela Rafferty-Semon receives the Showcase of Excellence in Action AwardOn April 10th, 2014, Pamela Rafferty-Semon received the Showcase of Excellence in Action Award in recognition for the efforts she provided with the Portage County Board of Health and the College of Nursing.

The College of Nursing was awarded a grant from the Experimental Education department this past spring to hold a disaster simulation with the Portage County Board of Health. Rafferty-Semon presented her project at the Showcase of Excellence in Action and was presented an award for the project.

Jen Shanholtzer, the co-coordinator for the simulation lab, nominated Pamela for the award.