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Kent State’s College of Nursing Presents the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership Awards

Posted Apr. 11, 2014

Area healthcare professionals honored for mentoring nursing students

Kent State University’s College of Nursing held the Eighth Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Dinner at the Kent Student Center Ballroom on March 22. Most of those awarded are registered nurses in the Kent area, and serve in a variety of capacities, from staff nurses to advanced practice nurses, as well as medical doctors. These dedicated individuals or preceptors are recognized for generously donating their time to help mentor and develop Kent State’s nursing students – the next generation of professional nurses.

Photo from Barbara Donaho AwardsStarted in 2007, the award is named after Barbara A. Donaho, a longtime friend and supporter of Kent State and the College of Nursing.

“This year, we honored 34 preceptors from 28 hospitals, clinics, health networks, private medical practices and public health agencies in Northeast Ohio,” Donaho said. “And, over the past eight years, we’re proud to have awarded a total of 249 nurses and physicians for their significant contributions.”

Donaho’s distinguished career includes roles as a director of nursing, senior vice president of patient services and most recently as president and CEO of St. Anthony’s Health Care Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. She also holds an honorary doctorate of law from Kent State.

“Fulfilling the role of a preceptor is no small task,” said Barbara Broome, dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing. “In fact, it is a large responsibility and is critically important to the education and development of future nurses. It’s just one of the advantages Kent State nursing students have, which helps to set them apart, and we are grateful to Barbara Donaho for her generosity, vision and continuing support.”

“It’s so nice to have an opportunity to thank our preceptors,” said Kelly Lachner, a Mentor, Ohio, native who graduated this past December with an M.S.N. degree from Kent State. “They spend a lot of time with us, and it’s great to see them get the recognition they deserve.”

Kent State’s College of Nursing is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation.

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Photo Caption:

Kent State University College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome (left) and her husband, Howard, share a laugh with Barbara Donaho at the Eighth Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Dinner held at the Kent Student Center Ballroom on March 22.

Media Contacts:

Sharon Cunningham,, 330-672-8747

Bob Burford,, 330-672-8516