The Kent State University (KSU) College of Nursing celebrated their 50th anniversary this past Monday, Jan. 23. Gathering together the entire college of nursing, students and faculty showed up to celebrate the college’s historic past while focusing on diversity and staying on the cutting edge of technology as they move forward.
KSU President Beverly Warren and Dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Barbara Broome, both attended the celebration to give speeches about their experiences in nursing and predictions for the future of healthcare. According to KentWired.com, President Warren emphasized the importance of diversity with a snippet from her past: “In my generation, I was told, as a female, you can either teach or be a nurse. 50 years later, I’m proud to say you have so many options before you. Whether you’re male, female, transgender, no matter how you identify yourself, there is a career for you in nursing.”
Both nursing leaders gave recognition to their students who they said are a legacy of bright new ideas. Nursing isn’t just a women’s profession anymore and students love Kent’s approach to diversity and drive to break stereotypes of what defines the typical nurse. Dr. Broome summed up diversity simply:
“Inclusiveness means males, females, different races, ethnic groups, religious beliefs and lifestyles, and I think that nursing should be a lot more inclusive than it has been…It’s for anyone who has a desire to make an impact and change things.”
Looking to the future, President Warren hopes for more nursing specialties and to bring state-of-the-art technology to Kent because she believes technology drives healthcare. Kent’s nursing leaders embody the college’s values and have no plans of letting up. They’re striving for graduates who impact their communities and beyond by staying at the cutting edge of nursing.
March of Dimes celebrated their 4th annual “Nurse of the Year” awards banquet last week in Ohio, honoring Debbie Borowske, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, as their Nurse of the Year. Borowske was recognized for her work in long-term acute care, rehabilitation hospice, and palliative care as the director of Post-Acute Care Services at Southwest General Health Center.
After finding a gap in the hospice services offered by Southwest General, Borowske launched a community-based palliative care program which sees an average of 50 patients per month. Her program consistently achieves its goal of improving life and providing comfort to those with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses. In addition to her work at the health center, Debbie also holds adjunct faculty positions in nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Malone University, and Kent State University.
The annual March of Dimes Event recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence, and promotes the future of nursing helping to advance their mission to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. To learn more about Debbie Borowske and her Nurse of the Year recognition by March of Dimes, visit here.
Judith Hoover is an international nurse from Stark County, OH where she works as a nurse manager at Pregnancy Choices when she isn’t serving on relief missions with Samaritan’s Purse. Working on-call as a member of the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), she might have to leave at a moment’s notice to use her passion and skills for international nursing to help some of the world’s most desperate people.
Hoover has been involved in international nursing since her graduation from Kent State University in 2009. Two years ago, she spent three months serving in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. She has also served on missions in Bolivia, Guatemala, and West Africa. Her most recent mission was a three-week assignment in Haiti which she was notified about less than 24 hours before she left.
Following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew which struck Haiti in October and killed more than 900, Hoover and the rest of her response team ventured into hard-to-reach regions of the country to treat victims of cholera. Over 9,000 people in Haiti died from cholera after a 2010 earthquake. Food and living conditions aren’t always ideal for international nurses like Hoover who travel to poor and disaster-struck regions of the world, but she says it offers a “good perspective check.”
In an interview with CantonRep.com, Hoover said “You can’t fix the world, but for that one person, you can make a difference. You have to focus on the lives you can change instead of the ones you can’t.” This is a statement all international and travel nurses know to be true. Thank you to our Nurse of the Week, Judith Hoover, for your dedication to the field of international nursing and the passion you have for helping make the world a safer and healthier place one person at a time.
To read more about Hoover and her mission work with Samaritan’s Purse, visit here.
Many professions that require more graduates to enter the workforce in the near future are hindered by a lack of education funding to grow their programs. Fields like occupational therapy and engineering are suffering, but the nursing field especially is in desperate need of more nurses. In the midst of a nationwide nursing shortage, the best solution is to increase education funding so that nursing schools can hire more faculty and graduate bigger classes of students into the workforce each year.
As a solution to the critical job demand in certain fields, Ohio is seeking state money for a “venture fund” to expand education programs with high-demand and plentiful job opportunities after graduation. With the help of venture funding, Ohio public colleges can add more students to their programs and require them to work in Ohio for a set period of time after.
Ronald Berkman, president of the Inter-University Council of Ohio which represents Ohio’s 13 public universities, is planning to present a proposal on behalf of all schools. Berkman is also President of Cleveland State University (CSU) and his proposal will highlight the successful partnerships between CSU, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), and University Hospitals (UH). Tri-C has a transfer agreement with CSU to ensure nursing graduates can continue on for their bachelor’s degrees, and Tri-C graduates who accept jobs at UH receive help toward earning their bachelor’s.
According to Berkman, the number of qualified applicants for high-demand CSU programs far exceeds the openings and job opportunities for students after graduation. He told Cleveland.com, “We need to keep young intellectual capital in Ohio and in Cleveland the way we can do it is to create this chain – a pathway between institutions. We know a very large number of students who do internships and co-ops stay.” Money from the venture fund will serve as a resource to increase the number of nursing and healthcare graduates.
To read more about Berkman’s plan for the Ohio venture fund, visit here.
The College of Nursing at Kent State University has launched a free program for the 400 registered nurses who volunteer their time and expertise to mentor nursing students. Nursing preceptors work individually with students in a clinical setting to share their real-life experiences in the nursing field, acting as both educators and mentors.
The new online program called PreceptED includes a continuing education activities library created specifically for nurse preceptors. Preceptors help bridge the gap between classroom education and real-life nursing care. Their duties include providing learning opportunities, meeting course objectives, and serving as a resource and role model for clinical expertise in professional settings.
To show appreciation for their preceptors, Kent State is providing a free way for them to keep up with their continuing education hours. Nurse preceptors are required to obtain a certain number of continuing education hours (CEs) every two years to help them stay current on technology, nursing practice, and current nursing topics. The online library can provide nurse preceptors with up to 12 CEs each year at no cost and offers the convenience of an online setting.
Kent State’s College of Nursing provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the US. The CE program for nurse preceptors took six months to launch and will be an ongoing effort for the College of Nursing.
The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare was named after the institute that awarded the grant. The institute will launch this fall at Ohio State University (OSU) as a national nursing institute for teaching and tracking the best ways to improve healthcare and patient outcomes.
Ohio State believes that this hugely impactful grant will enable the university to accelerate current efforts with nursing colleges and healthcare systems nationwide, in teaching, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based practice (EBP). EBP is a problem-solving approach to how to best deliver healthcare and it integrates evidence from studies with clinicians and patients to find out healthcare preferences and values from both. With multiple studies proving that EBP improves healthcare quality and patient outcomes while reducing costs, Ohio State sees it as an essential and worthwhile endeavor for the College of Nursing and its forthcoming nursing institute.
The new institute is intended to expand on current efforts in the College of Nursing where their Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice is already in place. Ohio State’s grant will go toward integrating EBP in nursing faculty curriculums nationwide; teaching nursing students and nurses how to implement and sustain EBP; and assisting nursing leaders, hospitals, and healthcare systems in advancing their EBP care to improve safety and quality of care for patients and their families.
In order to implement EBP on a nationwide scale, the National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare at OSU will conduct research on the most effect interventions for teaching EBP in clinical settings, provide a web site of best practices and resources to enhance healthcare quality, and coordinate national webinars and conferences discussing the best and latest evidence for buiding best nursing practices.