Graduating Senior Shares Experience Adapting to Nursing School Changes During Pandemic
Will Grayson, who will graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2021, was in his pediatric rotation at the hospital when his clinical group learned Kent State would transition to remote learning last spring. Grayson said the switch to online courses was not overly stressful as an upperclassmen nursing student since the majority of his lectures were already virtual. Online clinical and fully online simulations, however, required some adjusting. Discover how Grayson has adapted to the continuous changes.
Alumna Uses Social Media Influence to Share COVID Story, Provide Encouragement to Others
Just before the start of the pandemic, alumna Jasmine Jones, BSN ‘17, RN, a med-surg nurse at a large hospital system in the greater Indianapolis area, was not in a good mental place. Pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl, Jones had just learned her daughter would be born with Heterotaxy syndrome, which is characterized as a heart defect, in addition to the possibility she could be born with Down Syndrome, and unable to eat and breathe or possibly be stillborn.
News of the COVID-19 virus was just beginning to make its way onto the evening news.
Nurses on Boards Provide a Unique Perspective
Nurses should be everywhere decisions are being made, advocates Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, Kent State University College of Nursing lecturer, who currently serves as the Chair-Elect on the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) Board of Directors. Cleveland’s passion inspired Jasmine Bonder, MSN '19, RN, current graduate student and adjunct faculty for the College of Nursing, to interview for the Kent State University Board of Trustees as the graduate students’ representative.
No Regrets: Would-be Musician Pivots to Nursing
Tyler Hostetler, MSN, AGACNP-BC, Kent State University at Geauga alumnus, discovered an untapped passion while on a practical path.
“Kent State wasn’t actually my first undergraduate experience,” Hostetler explains. “After high school, I received an associate degree in recording arts to pursue my passion for music. After graduating, I returned home and reevaluated my career goals, but couldn’t decide what route I wanted to go on, until my brother-in-law mentioned the nursing profession.”
KSU College of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Team Up to Offer Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certificate Program
Kent State University College of Nursing and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are joining forces to offer an adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certificate program beginning this fall. Learn more or apply.
Healthcare at Home: Telehealth Research and Practice by Lisa Onesko, DNP, APRN-BC
Infrequently practiced just one year ago, the seemingly overnight implementation of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of primary care delivery. An Associate Professor for the Kent State University College of Nursing and Director of the DNP Program, Dr. Lisa Onesko has experienced this phenomenon firsthand as a nurse practitioner for a Cleveland Clinic-affiliated internal medicine practice.
SUPPORTING THE COLLEGE OF NURSING
Buzz Starner ‘67, Leaves Lasting Legacy Supporting Senior Nursing Students
When the opportunity presented itself to reimagine a gift to the university, Buzz knew exactly what he wanted to support. He reached out to the College of Nursing and soon after the “Helping Undergrads Gain Success for Senior Nursing Students (HUGS FOR SNS)” scholarship was created. This scholarship will provide senior nursing students financial assistance in their senior year. KSU was saddened to hear of Buzz’s passing in November of 2020.
The Hannah and Jan Kirkland Memorial Scholarship
The Hannah and Jan Kirkland Memorial Scholarship provides tuition relief to nursing students from Columbiana County. This generous scholarship will provide students with the much-needed support while also serving as a living memorial for both Jan and Hannah.
A new book titled “Conceptual Nursing Care Planning” by Kent State University at Tuscarawas professor of nursing technology Dr. Mariann Harding, was released in February 2021 on Amazon.
The book shows how to identify clinical problems, determine expected outcomes, and choose nursing interventions—all grounded in a logical, concept-based framework. It demonstrates how the use of a concept-based approach and standardized clinical problems language makes it easier to plan effective care and to communicate with other members of the interprofessional team.
Introducing the Positive Health Podcast
Kent State University College of Nursing has collaborated with the College of Public Health on a new initiative, the Positive Health Podcast, hosted by Joud Roufael, BSPH, and nursing alumnus and current Ph.D. student Andrew Snyder, BSN ‘14, MPH ‘17. The podcast will explore a range of health issues through a positive lens to provide awareness and literacy for undergraduate and graduate students at Kent State University.
Editors: Mariah Gibbons, Paul Krouse and Kathleen Norman
Design: Paul Krouse, Danny Porter and Ashley Leasure
Writers: Estelle R. Brown, Mariah Gibbons, Corey Hukill, and Denise Karshner
Photography: Bob Christy, Mariah Gibbons, and Jeff Glidden. Uncredited photos were submitted by the article's subjects.