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Touch Point Online Magazine - Kent State University College of Nursing
Summer 2019 · Volume III, Issue 2

TOUCH POINT is an online magazine, released four times a year, for Kent State University College of Nursing alumni, faculty and friends. View this issue in your web browser »

Alumna Reconnects to Passion of Nursing While Volunteering in Africa

Nurse Shannon Gardiner examines a ticklish patient in the ward of the Africa Mercy in Guinea, West Africa
Shannon Gardiner, BSN ’09, RN, CCRN, always knew she wanted to help people, but also longed for a career that would
provide flexibility along the way. After a few years working in a pediatric ICU, followed by some time as a travel nurse, a Google search for volunteer opportunities led her to Mercy Ships, who own and operate the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.
Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath

ICU Nurses Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath went through the Nursing program together at Kent State Geauga. They also happen to be mother and daughter.

Meet this duo
Three nursing students at the NSNA convention

In April, six Kent State College of Nursing students attended the 68th Annual National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.

Hear from students
Joel Hukill performing a procedure on a patient mannequin

The Alaskan landscape is much different from Green, Ohio, where Joel Hukill, BSN ’14, RN, grew up. Now, he’s no stranger to the Last Frontier, where he battles the conditions to save lives.

See his impact

Dr. Denice Sheehan
Dr. Denice Sheehan
As an oncology nurse and later, a hospice supervisor, Denice Sheehan, Ph.D., RN, FPCN, noticed that adolescents with a parent in hospice rarely interact with the health care
team and could benefit from more effective strategies to manage grief during and after the loss of a parent.

In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sheehan and her colleagues identified processes adolescents use to manage their lives while a parent is in hospice and after the parent's death. They also found that although adolescents often assume caregiving roles while a parent is in hospice, support by health care professionals for adolescents’ involvement is lacking...

Watch your Email to Participate in Important Research

You will soon receive an email invitation to participate in an important research study conducted by KSU College of Nursing researchers to test a new instrument about spiritual uncertainty among nurses. If you are a licensed nurse who has cared for a patient with a serious illness, you may be eligible to participate. Several Amazon gift cards will be raffled among participants. Questions can be forwarded to Dr. Pam Stephenson at

Awards & 

Please join us in congratulating our alumni, students, faculty and staff members on their recent recognitions, publications, presentations and awards.


Faculty | Students | Alumni




Faculty | Students | Alumni

Grants & Awards

Faculty/Staff | Students
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Winners of the 6th Annual Race into Finals

More than 160 runners and walkers participated in Kent State University College of Nursing’s 6th Annual Race into Finals 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The course, with its paved pathways and a few small hills, allowed racers to experience Kent State University’s scenic, springtime views all while supporting a good cause.

See who won the race
Award recipients

Kent State is committed to making its physical and digital environments accessible and inclusive. On May 3, one nursing advisor and three nursing faculty members were recognized for making the university a welcoming and accommodating place for students with disabilities.

Learn about their impact

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Touch Point Online Magazine

TOUCH POINT is the online-based magazine of Kent State University College of Nursing and is produced quarterly

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