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Welcome Dean Barbara Broome!

Welcome Dr. Barbara Broome!

Distinguished alumna returns home to help others succeed


About Barbara Broome

Dr. Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, will become the sixth dean of Kent State University's College of Nursing on March 17, 2014. She is coming from the University of South Alabama, but she is a Kent State alumna with roots in Northeast Ohio.

Dean Broome began her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse after attending the Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing in Salem, according to the Youngstown Vindicator.

She went on to receive both her BSN and MSN from Kent State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dean Broome is in a unique position returning to her alma mater to become dean.

"As a graduate of Kent State's College of Nursing, I know firsthand the exceptional quality of education," she said. "I have traveled extensively, and it seems I always meet a proud Kent State graduate."

Her connections to Kent State University and the College of Nursing do not end there. From 1991 until 1999, she worked at the Trumbull campus, where she was the nursing coordinator. In this position, she was an instructor, recruiter and mentor to new students. Over the years, she has worked closely with Kent State nursing faculty in a research capacity.

After her original tenure at Kent State University, she moved to Mobile, Alabama to serve as Chair of the Community/Mental Health Department and assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. While there, she became the associate dean in the College of Nursing.

In an interview with Worldwide Who's Who, Dean Broome shared that she became a nurse because she had a personal desire to be involved in helping people, and that helping people is her motivation.

"Helping people, in both the clinical setting and as a mentor, inspires me," she said. "It is so important to mentor young people and help them learn how to succeed."

Mentoring young people has been a theme throughout her career. In the early 2000's, she was involved at a local level with the national Health Careers Exploring program, which was put into place to introduce children to careers in healthcare.

Dean Broome has written numerous chapters in books and journal articles on topics such as bullying, incontinence, aging and mentoring. Her research and areas of interest include mental health, adult health, women's health, and minority issues and aging issues in urinary incontinence in men and women.

She was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2008 and also served as the President of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Broome is active in numerous professional organizations including the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Sigma Theta Tau, and National Black Nurses.

Dr. Barbara Broome is returning to Kent State at the perfect time. "The Kent community is more exciting and dynamic than ever before," she said. "I am truly excited to return to Kent State and to make a difference."


Our History 

Linnea Henderson, founding Dean of the College of Nursing, standing in front of the nursing building, her namesake.

Initial establishment of a nursing program at Kent State followed long-standing, regional interest in collegiate nursing. The Ohio Board of Regents granted KSU approval to establish a baccalaureate degree program in nursing in November 1966. At their November 15, 1967 meeting, the Ohio State Board of Nursing Education and Nurse Registration gave the university approval to conduct the program.

Linnea Henderson, founding Dean of the
School of Nursing, standing in front of the
nursing building, her namesake.

In January 1968, the National League for Nursing (NLN) offered reasonable assurance of accreditation. Provisional status was changed to a full 8‐year accreditation in May 1971, just prior to the graduation of the first class from the KSU School of Nursing in June 1971. In September 1977, the first graduate students for study at the master's level were admitted to the School of Nursing.

KSU nursing moved into its own new building near the science complex, the library, and the student center in 1978, and in 1985 the building was formally named the "Linnea E. Henderson Hall, School of Nursing," in honor of the founding dean.

Since the death of Dr. Henderson in 1984, five deans—Stephanie Clatworthy, Davina Gosnell, Julie Johnson, Laura Dzurec and Barbara Broome—have taken administrative responsibility for the School of Nursing, which on September 9, 1999, became the Kent State University College of Nursing, through the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Currently, the College of Nursing offers the most comprehensive nursing programming in Ohio. The CON is the second largest nursing program in the State, and was ranked as the 6th largest nursing program nationally (98th percentile) in 2010 (By the Numbers, 2010, July 5).

Dean Broome speaks with students

Dean Broome introducing herself to students on March 19, 2014


Our Points of Pride

  • We have graduated more than 43% of the nursing workforce in Northeast Ohio.
  • We have a worldwide network of more than 11,000 alumni.
  • We are a recipient of the AACN Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award, which acknowledges our pioneering work in research, education and promotion of self-care.
  • The Olga Mural Simulation Laboratory has doubled in size since its inception five years ago. Today, every clinical nursing course includes simulation to maximize students' practice acumen.
  • International students from more than 20 countries are enrolled across both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs.
  • We proudly partner with nearly 100 hospitals, clinics and extended care facilities to broaden students' experiences and professional networks.


A NLN Center of Excellence

A Center of Excellence

In 2013, the Kent State University College of Nursing was named as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education!

Learn more about our designation here.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Innovation Award Recipient