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Touch Point Online Magazine: Kent State University College of Nursing
Volume II, Issue 3 – Sep. 10, 2018
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Touch Point is an online magazine, released four times a year, for Kent State University College of Nursing alumni, faculty, and friends.

Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (far left) and Tracey Motter, DNP, RN, associate dean for undergraduate programs (far right) stand with 2018 ASCEND students, Hannah Miller, Paige Barnum, Brian Cochran, Ryan Dowling, and Samantha Kenney.

Kent Nursing Seniors Selected for Internship at Akron Children’s Hospital


Seven Kent State University students were among 24 northeast Ohio nursing students accepted to intern at Akron Children’s Hospital as part of the “Assuring Success with a Commitment to Enhance Nurse Diversity,” or ASCEND program.

Read the students’ stories »
Jason Fisher, Kim Cleveland, Sarah Kearney, and Thomas Watral stand next to their collaborative poster presentations at the 2018 TAANA Conference.

Mentorship Drives CON Participation in Denver Nurse Attorney Conference


Three Kent State students worked with faculty member Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, throughout the 2017-18 academic year to engage in health policy research. Their collaboration formed a team approach to exploring policy research that culminated in conference poster presentations.

Find out what students are learning about policy »
Photo of Jeanne Bryner

Nurse Becomes Author, Shares Stories She Never Wants to Forget


Inspired by all she witnessed at the bedside, Jeanne Bryner, RN, BN, CNE (RTD), began recording nursing stories in a journal so she, “would never forget their impact.” Her most recent book, Learning to Heal, is a compilation of the stories of 50 nurses who provided historical perspective on nursing and nursing education.

Learn more about her inspiration »
Marcy’s trekking partners, Wild Women Expeditions, a Canadian-based, women-only, women-run, travel group.

Faculty Member Treks Mt. Everest in Celebration of 60th Birthday


Marcy Caplin, Ph.D., RN, CNE retells her riveting journey to the Mount Everest Base Camp.

Explore Dr. Caplin’s Mt. Everest trek »





Book Release Party


7 - 9 p.m. | Kent State University Library Garden Room

Please join The Kent State University Press and the College of Nursing to celebrate the publication of an inspiring new book, Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose.

Book signing to follow. Copies of the book, as well as other titles of interest, will be available for purchase.

Learn more & register »



Homecoming: 100 Years


Kent State University will celebrate 100 years of Homecoming on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Be part of the celebration that will bring together alumni, family, and friends from near and far!

Homecoming Parade /// Register to walk in parade »
9:30 a.m. line up | 10 a.m. step-off | Location TBA

Cider and Cookies with Dean Barbara Broome /// RSVP »
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Henderson Hall

Flash Nation Tailgate /// RSVP for tailgate »
1:30 p.m. | Dix Stadium

Homecoming Football Game /// Purchase tickets »
3:30 p.m. | Dix Stadium
Kent State vs. Ohio University

Learn more about Homecoming events »



Nurses Night Out at the Akron Zoo’s WILD LIGHTS


5 – 9 p.m. | Akron Zoo

Tickets: $12 per adult, $8 per child (ages 2-14)

Come enjoy the wildest lighting display this holiday season. Nearly the entire zoo is decorated and many animals will be on exhibit. It's a holiday tradition you can't miss!

Registration closes Thursday, Nov. 29 at midnight.


Get your tickets today »



Forging new and innovative pathways in nursing research, Dr. Dana Hansen and Ms. Amy Veney are contributing new knowledge to their respective fields.

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Dana Hansen, Ph.D., APRN, ACHPN


Building on her research and clinical experience in palliative care, Dr. Dana Hansen seeks to understand the dynamics of family interaction during advanced serious illness and enhance the quality of life for patients, caregivers, and their families through improved communication.

Photo of Amy Veney

Amy Veney, MSN, RN, CNE


Amy Veney’s research centers on disparities faced by gender and sexual minorities in health care and the most effective ways to decrease these disparities. She theorizes that mistreatment may result from ignorance, fear, and lack of knowledge regarding sexual and gender minorities by health care providers.

Learn more about these faculty members' expertise in teaching and research »



Tom and Sue Freeman

Donors’ Generosity Provides Support through College of Nursing Student Emergency Fund


Tom (’69) and Sue Freeman know the true impact a nurse can make on a patient’s life. Both Tom and Sue were touched by the empathy the nurses demonstrated to their late spouses.

Wanting others to experience the quality of care their former spouses received, Tom and Sue made a gift to the College of Nursing Student Emergency Fund.

Learn about their positive impact »
Students pose with a bagpiper in Scotland during their study abroad trip

Study Abroad Provides Nursing Students the Opportunity to Learn Alongside Int’l Healthcare Experts


This summer, twelve Kent State nursing students embraced the opportunity to visit new countries and learn alongside international experts, all while earning academic credit.

Read more »


Ready to Earn Another Degree?


It is not too late to apply!

The Spring 2019 application deadline for the MSN and Post-graduate certificate programs is October 1, 2018. Most concentrations are accepting applications, including Adult-Gero CNS Online, Nurse Educator Online, and Nursing Healthcare Management Online.

Apply Now »

Preceptors Needed


Now it is your turn to share the Kent State nursing legacy of excellence. Embrace this perfect opportunity to give back and pass along your knowledge to the next generation of nurses. Now offering 12 free CE hours to preceptors each year! Learn more about becoming a Kent State preceptor at the link below.

Become a Preceptor »

Share your story in the next edition of Touch Point


No matter if you graduated with the first class or just stepped off campus as a new graduate, we want to celebrate you.

To be featured in an upcoming edition of Touch Point, we invite you to share your personal nursing stories, memories, honors and accomplishments with us by emailing It is you, our alumni and friends of the college, who showcase the undeniable Kent State College of Nursing impact throughout the world.


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