Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a two-time alumna of Kent State University College of Nursing, former Coordinator of the Kent State Trumbull nursing program and the college’s first African American Dean (2014), decided to retire effective June 30, 2020.
On the verge of retirement, Dean Broome pauses to reflect on her academic career and service to the university. “There’s a saying that goes, ‘leave things better than you found them.’ That is my hope for the college. I know I’m leaving a better person because of the faculty, staff and students I have had the privilege to lead and serve.”
A Message from Interim Dean Denice Sheehan
Welcome to the Kent State University College of Nursing. I am honored to work with dedicated faculty who inspire, challenge and support our students in the classroom and clinical sites to prepare future nurses and scholars as leaders who excel in clinical and research settings. Our rigorous curriculum and strong community partnerships provide superior opportunities for our students.
Nursing Researchers Receive more than $420,000 NIH Grant
Drs. Denice Sheehan (Principal Investigator) and Pamela Stephenson (Co-Investigator) from the College of Nursing and Christopher Was (Co-Investigator) from the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University received a $421,993 grant award on April 30, 2020, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Nursing Researcher Receives $50K Grant
College of Nursing Assistant Professor, Amy Petrinec, Ph.D., RN, recently received a $50,000 two-year grant. Learn more about what Dr. Petrinec hopes to discover from her research funding.
Nursing Ph.D. Student Wins Team Competition
Recent alum, Shadi Kanan, Ph.D. ’20, along with two other KSU students, made up the winning team, Virtual Harmony, at the Mission Life Competition in October 2019.
Building Resiliency During Serious Illness Crisis
Researchers from Kent State University College of Nursing have developed a website to offer information and support via blog participation, along with research opportunities for family caregivers of those touched by a serious or critical illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alumna Establishes Bartos and Henderson Endowed Scholarship Fund
Bonnie Bartos, RN, BSN ’79, MS ’87, LFACHE 2016, dreamed of becoming a nurse from an early age. Reading the complete series of “Cherry Ames” nursing novels, along with every other nursing book she could find during her childhood, she hoped one day to be at the bedside.
Share Your Frontline Story
We know many of you are working hard on the frontline to help fight the COVID-19 virus. We thank you for being at the forefront of this pandemic and invite you to share your stories with us. These #IAmKentNursing moments will be featured with our Kent State Community in an upcoming Touch Point online magazine, on our website and social media channels
Publications, Presentations and Recognition
The College of Nursing is proud to recognize the achievements of our talented alumni, students, faculty and staff. From college innovations and presentation to new grant awards and published articles, the past few months have been very busy. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent accomplishments.
Kent State Emergency Grant Fund
Kent State University has created the the Emergency Grant Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help students who are dealing with unexpected costs, including, but not limited to, travel, food, housing, technology needs for remote learning and in some cases, lost wages.
Your gift immediately helps KSU students from any campus, in any degree field, overcome these difficult setbacks and unforeseen financial challenges to ensure they stay on the path to earning their degrees.
Flashes Forever Hub
Looking for something fun to do at home? Check out the new Flashes Forever Hub to browse Chestnut Burr issues, read some great books written by KSU alumni, download printable at-home activities, participate in virtual activities and more! The site is updated frequently, so be sure to check back often.
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