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Winter 2019 · Volume III, Issue 4

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Seasons Greetings from Dean Barbara Broome
Holiday Greetings, one and all!

Over the past year, Kent State University College of Nursing has continued to be the major educator of nurses in Northeast Ohio, and I couldn’t be prouder of our alumni. Our healthcare partners consistently provide us with positive feedback on the excellence of our graduates. The academic success of our students is demonstrated through our impressive scores on national examinations that are well above the norm. Our 95% passing rate on the NCLEX is outstanding.

Barbara Broome
In unison with the goal of Kent State University to be Student Ready, faculty and staff diligently challenge students to be exemplars of excellence. Whether it be publishing scholarly articles, or presenting at national and international conferences, conducting research, or challenging students to hunger for knowledge, our faculty are examples of what makes Kent State a great place to be. They set the tone for our collective success.

As the evolution begins from brilliant sunshine on the vibrant green grass to a cascade of brilliant leaves falling from the trees around Henderson Hall, I begin to anticipate the silence of a white blanket of snow. The quiet this season can bring leads me to reflect on how blessed we are to be able to experience another year of laughter, collegiality, and success; we have much to be grateful for here in the College of Nursing and in our day-to-day lives. For many of our faculty and staff, this has been a challenging year as some have navigated unexpected changes in their lives. The unwavering support from colleagues enable those dealing with both positive and negative life transitions to move forward with renewed energy. During this holiday season, I give thanks for my Kent State family. May all of your celebrations be filled with love, joy and cherished memories.

Barbara Broome - signature
Barbara Broome, Ph.D., MSN ‘91, BSN ‘89, RN, FAAN
Dean, Kent State University College of Nursing
Wendy Umberger (left), Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, associate dean for graduate programs and Lisa Onesko, DNP, APRN-BC, director of DNP program and associate professor (not pictured), received a $105,000 grant from Pegs Foundation. Jim K. Tudhope (right), DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, was the first Kent State Pegs Foundation Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholar recipient.
Kent State University College of Nursing recently received a grant totaling $165,000 from Peg’s Foundation, a private
grant-making foundation which supports mental health programs in Northeast Ohio. The grant will enable the college to offer 10 full-time and 15 part-time traineeships to highly qualified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students. Additionally, two Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will receive $30,000 scholar awards and complete a scholarly project that enhances mental health outcomes or mental health care policy.
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College of Nursing students, as well as Senior Lecturer Elaine Thomas and Dean Barbara Broome thank our Giving Tuesday supporters in the simulation lab, next to a mannequin in a hospital bed

The College of Nursing community has responded passionately in support for these two funds, and while we’re still counting total gifts, we are on pace to surpass the amount raised in 2018.

See where the support will go & learn how you can still give

Awards &

Lisa Davis Named 2019 Kent State DAISY Faculty Award Recipient

Lisa Davis(left) holds the Healer's Touch Sculpture and DAISY Award Certificate with Dean Barbara Broome (right)


Dr. Jim Tudhope
Dr. Jim Tudhope
Stemming from his experiences as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, licensed professional counselor and registered nurse, Assistant Professor Jim Tudhope,
DNP ‘19, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is researching professional development for nurses and the development and design of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) fellowship programs.

Dr. Tudhope’s research is complemented by his continuing practice in the field of psychiatric nursing. His clinical practice underlies another research area of interest: medication assisted treatment, or MAT. In an effort to improve patient outcomes and clinician satisfaction with MAT, Dr. Tudhope is investigating barriers to implementation of MAT to improve access for patients and families and increase support and mentoring for clinicians providing this life-saving treatment.

An iPhone displaying a video call with the Kent State Project ECHO team

You are Invited to Participate in Kent Nursing’s Project ECHO® Hub

Next Session: 1/14/2020

Community providers, faculty and students involved in integrated care, are invited to join a team of investigators at Kent State University College of Nursing who are using video teleconferencing technology, known as Project ECHO®, to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to high quality care. Currently there are four locations in Ohio that house Project ECHO® Hubs, however Kent State’s Team Building for Successful Integrated Care, is the first hub housed in a college of nursing.

Unlike an academic setting where instructors exclusively provide knowledge to students, Project ECHO® participants will have the opportunity to learn from specialists and each other. Click here for more information about the College of Nursing’s Project ECHO® hub.

To join the Team Building for Successful Integrated Care TeleECHO Program, please email There is no cost or membership to participate, however, participants will need access to a smartphone or computer webcam. Calling in through telephone is also an option. The next session will take place on Tue., Jan. 14, 2020.

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