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Kent State University College of Nursing Proudly Welcomes Our New Dean and Henderson Endowed Chair


Kent State selected a national leader as the new Henderson Endowed Chair and Dean of the College of Nursing. Dean Versie Johnson-Mallard, Ph.D., RN, FAANP, FAAN is a researcher, academician, clinician and executive leader in nursing and higher education. She most recently served as Associate Dean at the College of Nursing in the Health Science Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. As the largest public, multi-campus system in Northeast Ohio serving nine communities, Kent State University and the College of Nursing are primed for growth in academic and research endeavors. “I am grateful and excited to join Kent State University and the College of Nursing,” said Dean Johnson-Mallard.

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iSchool and College of Nursing Secure $100,000 Grant to Research Libraries and Childhood Development
The funds will support the first stages of Project SHIELD (Supporting Healthy Infant Early Learning and Development). The team has designed the project to explore how library and healthcare practitioner partnerships can support families with young children, 0-24 months, from underserved communities with brain development, learning and health for their young children.
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Kent State Graduate Program Leads to Fulbright, International Experiences and Lifelong Connections
Two-time Kent State University alumnus John Mastrojohn III, MSN ’96, MBA ’01, RN, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hospice of the Western Reserve, credits Kent State for helping him to create a future he had not previously imagined.
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  Other Stories
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Forging Innovative Pathways: New Faculty Researchers at the College of Nursing
With the start of the fall semester, three new full-time faculty members are contributing their knowledge and expertise to College of Nursing research endeavors. Working within their unique areas of research, each new faculty member brings her ideas and experiences to stimulate discussion and enrich the research environment at the College of Nursing.
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Honoring the Legacy of Cheryl Swinehart Dariushnia - Nurse, Counselor, Loving Mother
Cheryl Swinehart Dariushnia graduated from the Kent State School of Nursing (as it was referred to at the time) in 1977. As was the case for many students of her generation, Cheryl’s journey to becoming a nurse was not always easy. With limited scholarships available, she was forced to work more than 30 hours per week while attending Kent State. However, Cheryl persevered and pushed forward.
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KSU Giving Tuesday #KSUgives
Giving Tuesday 2021: Nurses Helping Future Nurses
Giving Tuesday provides a great opportunity for the College of Nursing community to help bolster the Kent State University College of Nursing Emergency Fund. This fund provides immediate and flexible support for students in need and allows our future nurses to focus more on the classroom and less on their finances. Giving Tuesday at Kent State will run from Nov. 1 -30, with a variety of matching gift incentives, allowing your gift to go further.
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Center for Nursing Research (CNR)
The Center for Nursing Research (CNR) at Kent State University College of Nursing is dedicated to supporting faculty and students to advance the science of nursing and healthcare research, and to engage in collaborative research locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Meet our researchers and learn more about their area of expertise.
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Graduate Information Webinars
Be a leader in your nursing practice with a graduate degree from Kent State College of Nursing! If you are Interested in learning more about our MSN, DNP or Ph.D. programs, please join us for an upcoming informational webinar. Visit our website to learn more!
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Editors: Mariah Gibbons, Paul Krouse and Kathleen Norman

Design: Danny Porter and Ashley Leasure

Writers: Sarah Bihn, Mariah Gibbons, Kayla Hlad, Corey Hukill, Denise Karshner and Dean Versie Johnson-Mallard

Photography: Bob Christy, Mariah Gibbons, Jeff Glidden and Kathleen Norman. Uncredited photos were submitted by the article's subjects.
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