Kent State College of Nursing associate dean for undergraduate programs, Tracey Motter, DNP, RN, has been appointed to the newly redesigned Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative (NEONI) Advisory Board. NEONI is a workforce initiative under The Center for Health Affairs and the only group in the US which identifies and addresses healthcare issues and initiatives through collaborative efforts between academic and professional partners.

Motter tells Kent.edu, “NEONI allows healthcare professionals and educators to make a connection in the same room while using the same terminology to address challenges. With the endless changes occurring in healthcare, it is important for us to be in contact with healthcare and community agencies so that we can continue to educate graduates who are ready to practice.”

Kent State is the largest College of Nursing in northeast Ohio, graduating more than 44% of the practicing nurses in the area, according to Kent.edu. Dr. Motter felt it was important for the university to have a voice within NEONI and to lead discussions about the challenges that the nursing profession faces, as well as be a part of the solution process.

NEONI consists of three subgroups: the Issues Workgroup, the Initiatives Workgroup, and the Communication and Engagement Workgroup. Each workgroup is co-chaired by an Advisory Board member and a member from the general membership.

The Kent State College of Nursing and NEONI are proud to work together to identify and address healthcare issues that impact local communities. To learn more about Dr. Motter’s appointment to the NEONI Advisory Board, visit here.

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