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Touch Point Online Magazine: Kent State University College of Nursing
Volume III, Issue 1 – Mar. 28, 2019
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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.

Kent State University College of Nursing juniors (from left) Aaliyah Davis, Adam Roman and Christina Hansen serve their clinical rotations at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

University Hospitals, Kent State Join Forces to Address Nursing Shortage


University Hospitals and Kent State University College of Nursing are joining forces to address the ongoing nursing shortage in Northeast Ohio through a new nursing education initiative that will increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses who enter the workforce each year.

See how the UH & KSU partnership will work »
Maddie Boone, a sophomore nursing student, recently celebrated 5 years cancer-free

Sophomore’s Very First Clinical Experience Falls on 5-year Cancer-free Anniversary


On January 17, 2019, Kent State University College of Nursing sophomore Maddie Boone celebrated five years cancer-free in a special way – at the hospital for her very first day of clinicals.

Read about Maddie’s inspiring recovery »
Jason Fisher (left), lecturer Kim Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC (center left), Sarah Kearney, M. Ed & Thomas Watral

Graduate Nursing Student Appointed to ONA Health Policy Council


A few months after attending his first Ohio Nurse Association (ONA) meeting, Jason Fisher, BSN, RN-BC, a Kent State University College of Nursing graduate student, has been appointed to the ONA Health Policy Council for a two-year term.

Learn why Jason was appointed »
Tracy Dodson

American Red Cross Presents Kent Nursing Lecturer with Hero Award


It was lunchtime at the Wayne County fairgrounds when Tracy Dodson, MSN, RN, lecturer at Kent State University College of Nursing, found herself at the right place and the right time to perform lifesaving CPR on a fellow fairgoer.

Read about her courageous actions »


A nursing instructor teaches her class in the Geauga nursing lab

Kent State Geauga Receives Lead Gift for Simulation, Needs Additional Support


A lead gift of $50,000 from a generous local foundation was recently granted to help the nursing program at Kent State Geauga purchase advanced equipment that helps facilitate premier training.

However, $72,000 in individual and corporate/institutional donations are now being sought to help fully fund the simulation equipment for Geauga County’s only institution of higher learning.

Help reach our goal »


Photo of Mike Braun

Alumnus Achieves Dream of Attending CRNA School


What do you do when you have a degree and are working but still have hopes to take that next step in your career? For local alumnus, Mike Braun, ’13, Kent State University at Geauga gave him the opportunity and support to further his career dreams of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA).

Discover how Mike is reaching his goals »


Photo of Andrea Warner Stidham

Dr. Warner Stidham Investigates Why Some Trauma Survivors Experience Personal Growth


Following a traumatic event, many people find their belief system upended and experience lingering psychological distress. However, this period can also be a time where new possibilities, improved relationships, and renewed appreciation for life leads to positive change, a process referred to as posttraumatic growth.

Andrea Warner Stidham, Ph.D. ’09, MSN ’03, RN, Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, is currently investigating this phenomenon in vulnerable populations.

Learn more about Dr. Warner Stidham’s research »


Race into Finals 5K

Runners Race into Finals

Alumni and friends, it’s time again to lace up your sneakers and join us as we kick off spring finals week on campus with the 6th Annual Race into Finals 5K and 1-mile races on Sunday, May 5th at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up today »

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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