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Diana Fleming Named First DAISY Faculty Award Recipient at Kent State

Diana FlemingDiana Fleming, MSN, RN, CNE, Associate Lecturer at Kent State’s College of Nursing was named the first DAISY Faculty Award recipient for the college. The DAISY Faculty Award – part of a national program established by The DAISY Foundation in 1999 – shows our appreciation for our outstanding nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students. Fleming received multiple nominations from students, describing her excellent instruction and helpful mentoring. Honorable mentions included faculty members Zenia Nash-Johnston, Mary Bacha, and Debra Cifani.
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KSU Nursing Student Receives First Fathom Education Scholarship

Emma Hill, sophomore nursing student at Kent State University, recently received the Fathom Fund for Purpose-Driven Students, a scholarship from Fathom Education. The scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student who impacts his or her community and has goals to make a difference, according to Fathom.

50 students applied for the $4,000 scholarship. Emma won because she volunteers and runs her own pet care business, in addition to her studies. The scholarship committee was most impressed with her love for her sister Allison, who is disabled.

You can read Emma’s interview with Fathom by clicking on this link.

Alumna Krause Named CNO of Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Kathie KrauseKathie Krause, MSN, RN, was recently named the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. She is a graduate of Kent State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and went on to get her MSN from Vanderbilt University.

Krause has 30 years of clinical experience. She has previously worked for Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Huntsville Hospital and Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children in Huntsville, AL; and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. At Le Bonheur, she served in multiple roles, including interim administrative director of Emergency Services, administrative director of Critical Care Services, and CNO.

Krause’s specialty is pediatric nursing and she is a certified neonatal nurse practitioner.

Photo credit: Photo of Kathie Krause was provided by Vanderbilt University.

College of Nursing MSN/MPA Graduate Appointed COO of Health 360 Integrated Clinic

Kerry-KernenKerry Kernen, MPA, MSN, RN, was recently appointed as the Chief Operation Officer of the Health 360 Integrated Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kernen is a 2011 graduate of our combined MSN/MPA degree program, which was designed for nurses who desire to integrate knowledge and skills from nursing with the public sector and public policy.

In addition to Kernen’s new position, she currently is the LFS regional administrator for Behavior Health of Southeast Nebraska. She previously worked as the assistant director and chief nursing officer for the Summit County Public Health department, where she supervised the development of the department’s Care Coordination Unit.

Visiting Scholar: Alethea Hill on January 8, 2015

Alethea HillAlethea Hill, Ph.D., RN, ANP-BC, and assistant professor at the University of South Alabama, will be visiting Kent State University on January 8, 2015. As a Visiting Scholar, she will give a talk titled Diabetes Intervention in the African-American Community, from 12 - 1 p.m. in Kent Hall Annex, Room 102.

Following her presentation, Dr. Hill will be available for consultation in Henderson Hall, Room 390, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served in the faculty lounge. She will also be speaking the previous evening (January 7th) at a community event, Give Me Some Sugah, Baby, from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington St. in Akron.

Her visit to Kent State is co-sponsored by the College of Nursing, the Department of Psychological Sciences, and the American Diabetes Association of Northeast Ohio.

Alumnae Patton and Ludwick Co-Edit New Book on Health Policy

Nurses Making PolicyRebecca M. Patton MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN; Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, FAAN, and; Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, are co-editors of a new book on health policy that was released in partnership with the American Nurses Association.

The book, titled Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom, is a practical, how-to book written to help advanced students and nurse leaders develop health policy skills to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena, according to the ANA.

Patton is an alumna of Kent State University College of Nursing and a past president of the American Nurses Association. Ludwick is also an alumna of the college, as well as emerita faculty.

Co-editors will donate all royalties from the book to the Washington Fellows program, according to Case Western Reserve University. The program supports nurses who work in national public policy.

Ratchneewan Ross Gives Keynote at STTI Pi Chi Induction Ceremony

Ratchneewan RossRatchneewan Ross, RN, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker at the New Member Induction Ceremony of the Pi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, on Dec 2, 2014. 

Dr. Ross is an Associate Professor and Director of International Activities at Kent State’s College of Nursing. She has been a member of STTI since 1997. Her research interests are physical and mental health of vulnerable women around the globe, including women experiencing HIV and violence/trauma.

Sigma Theta Tau International is the only worldwide honor society for nursing. The mission of STTI is to advance global health and to celebrate achievement and development of nursing leadership, scholarship and services. STTI serves to foster high professional standards and encourage creative work.

Dana Hansen Receives Dr. Richard A. Zeller Nursing Research Award

Dana Hansen

Dana Hansen, RN, MSN, Ph.D., has received the Dr. Richard A. Zeller Nursing Research Award from the College of Nursing for her study titled “The Caregivers’ Experience with an Illness Blog: A Pilot Study.” The purpose of the study is to learn about how caregivers interact with the blogs produced by their seriously ill family members.

The Dr. Richard A. Zeller Nursing Research Award is granted on a yearly basis to support the research of either a doctoral student working on their dissertation or a junior faculty member working on research in the college. Dr. Richard Zeller was a professor of statistics in the College of Nursing. The research award was created in Zeller’s honor by his family after his passing in 2009.

College of Nursing Stages Disaster Simulation Exercise, Nov. 13 and 18

Kent State University’s College of Nursing and College of Public Health are collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise. The Point of Dispensing Exercise, which involves a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site, will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

The mock exercise allows the Portage County Health Department and the EMA to test the effectiveness of Portage County’s disaster plan. The event also offers training for Kent State community health nursing and public health students. Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps and Kent State faculty, staff and students will participate as victims going through the triage and treatment stations during the simulation exercise.

Interested in volunteering as a disaster “victim”? Please sign up here by 11/7.

Carol Moore Receives Social Justice Award from Portage County NAACP

Carol-MooreCarol Moore, senior instructional designer at Kent State’s College of Nursing, received the Promotion of Social Justice award from the Portage County NAACP at their annual Freedom Fund Dinner at the Kent State Student Center on November 1, 2014.

Moore was recognized for over 20 years of service on the King Kennedy Community Center Advisory Board. In that role, she helped secure a grant which allowed her to teach young people basic computer skills. She also assisted in fundraising efforts and served as a softball coach.

In addition to her work at the King Kennedy Center, Moore supports the Forever STARS non-profit program that empowers young girls. She has also worked at the College of Nursing for 4 years, and at Kent State University for 26 years.

Dr. George Garrison, professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University, was the keynote speaker of the event.

Cathy Fluharty Selected for Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Program

Cathy FluhartyCathy Fluharty, BSN, MSN, has been accepted into the 2014-2015 Harvard Medical School program in Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP). Fluharty, a Kent State University College of Nursing alumna, earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in 2009 and is currently a nurse practitioner at Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio.

Fluharty, who also teaches Kent State nursing students in adult gerontology and rehabilitation course clinicals, was selected from a national group of candidates for her demonstrated expertise in clinical care and teaching skills, as well as her personal commitment and leadership. The PCEP program is extremely competitive with only 64 openings available each year, 21-24 of which are allocated to the Pediatric Track. 

In addition to being selected, she has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Harvard Medical School to help defray the cost of tuition.

Melissa Dyer Receives Kent State Outstanding Teacher Award

Melissa DyerCongratulations to Melissa Dyer, MSN, lecturer and course coordinator in the College of Nursing, for receiving a Kent State University 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award. Sponsored by the University Teaching Council, this award honors full-time, nontenure-track or part-time faculty who show exceptional skills in classroom teaching. The Outstanding Teacher Award is presented to three finalists each year.

A Kent State nursing alumna, Dyer was nominated for the award by two of her nursing students. While working toward her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management at Kent State, Dyer lobbies and advocates for healthcare policy issues. In the classroom, she teaches parent newborn nursing, health care policy and delivery systems, leadership, nursing informatics and more, enthusiastically sharing her passion with her nursing students.

Kent State Hosts Internationally Recognized Mental Health Expert

Dr. Mary Moller with Kent State nursing faculty Ed Herzog, MSN, CNSMary Moller, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-CP, CPRP, FAAN, and internationally recognized expert on mental health, was a featured presenter in a continuing education program co-sponsored by the Ohio Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association (APNA) and the Kent State University College of Nursing. A past president of APNA, Dr. Moller is a nationally recognized expert on bipolar disorder and an advocate for those living with mental illness.

The program, Up the Down Staircase: Managing Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, was held September 19, 2014, on the Kent campus. Attendees were provided with the latest information on the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of the complex symptoms that comprise the DSM-5 diagnostic category of bipolar disorders. Also included was an update on research in the pathophysiology and both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of the disorder.

In addition to Dr. Moller, legal expert Jan Lanier, BA, JD, presented a continuing education program on how to use social media effectively without compromising confidentiality requirements or violating ethical and legal boundaries.

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.