A Kent State student in the accelerated nursing program listens to a class lecture.
A Kent State student in the accelerated nursing program listens to a class lecture.
Students in Kent State's College of Nursing practice inserting a catheter into a simulated patient during class.
Students in Kent State's College of Nursing practice inserting a catheter into a simulated patient during class.
Tim Myers, a lecturer in Kent State's College of Nursing, works with a student in the simulation laboratory in Henderson Hall.
Tim Myers, a lecturer in Kent State's College of Nursing, works with a student in the simulation laboratory in Henderson Hall.
Kent State nursing students participate in a yoga session at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center as part of the nursing school's "Care for the Caregiver" program. Kent State has collaborated with fashion designer Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation on this program that focuses on self-care of nurses and its professional value of caring for the self in their education.
Kent State nursing students participate in a yoga session at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center as part of the nursing school's "Care for the Caregiver" program. Kent State has collaborated with fashion designer Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation on this program that focuses on self-care of nurses and its professional value of caring for the self in their education.
Students in Kent State's College of Nursing practice medical procedures during class in Henderson Hall.
Students in Kent State's College of Nursing practice medical procedures during class in Henderson Hall.
  • A Kent State student in the accelerated nursing program listens to a class lecture.
  • Students in Kent State's College of Nursing practice inserting a catheter into a simulated patient during class.
  • Tim Myers, a lecturer in Kent State's College of Nursing, works with a student in the simulation laboratory in Henderson Hall.
  • Kent State nursing students participate in a yoga session at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center as part of the nursing school's "Care for the Caregiver" program. Kent State has collaborated with fashion designer Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation on this program that focuses on self-care of nurses and its professional value of caring for the self in their education.
  • Students in Kent State's College of Nursing practice medical procedures during class in Henderson Hall.
Bob Burford | 10/24/2012

Kent State University’s College of Nursing has been selected as a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award. The awards program recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. 

The AACN Innovations awards, including a monetary prize of $1,000, are given annually in four institutional categories. Kent State has been selected to receive the 2012 award in the Public School without an Academic Health Center category.

“Given the complex work they do, nurses’ need to take care of themselves through self-care activities cannot be overemphasized,” said Laura Dzurec, dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing. “We hope to see every U.S. nursing program adopt the strategies that we are emphasizing through our Care for the Caregiver program, and we expect that’s exactly what might happen.”

The award will be presented on Oct. 29 at the AACN Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“The selection process was very competitive, so you and your faculty are to be highly commended,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling in a congratulatory letter sent to Dzurec.

As a center for nursing research and education, Kent State’s College of Nursing is committed to advancing and applying nursing knowledge through excellence in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs; nursing education that addresses a changing society; promotion of health; and enhancement of the nursing profession.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Nursing, visit www.kent.edu/nursing.

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