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Message from the BSN Coordinator

Mary Lou FerrantoA little about me.....
I have been fortunate to be at Kent State University for over 20 years as faculty in the College of Nursing. While at KSU I have taught in all levels in the BSN program as well as graduate program for our Nurse Practitioner students.  I started on my educational journey many years ago at KSU.  I am one of you, as I completed my BSN at Kent State University. 

After completing my BSN I moved to Boston and worked at Beth Israel hospital as a Surgical ICU nurse.   I love Boston and visit as much as I can. I then moved to New York and worked at New York University's Medical Center in the CVICU and recovery room. Several more moves brought me to Pittsburgh at Allegheny General Hospital as Clinical coordinator of the surgical ICU where I implemented a Cardiac transplant program for nursing. While in Pittsburgh, I received my Master's in Nursing Administration and Management at LaRoche College. Another move to New Jersey allowed me the opportunity to develop and implement a pulmonary rehab program for a small community hospital as well as begin my teaching career in an ADN program. I moved back to Ohio with my family to care for my elderly parents in 1994 when I began teaching at KSU.  I received a post-masters certification as a Certified Nurse Practitioner degree at Kent State in 1997. Finally, I completed my  PhD in Curriculum Studies in Education at Kent State University.

I have presented at numerous national, international and professional and community based conferences. In addition, I have submitted six grant proposals, all to enhance the learning experience of her students and received three of these grants. I am a member of the Northeast Ohio Organization of Advanced Practice Nurses, National League of Nursing, the American Association of Collegiate Nursing, The American Association of Nephrology Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau.  My area of research interest is the development of cultural humility in nursing students.  As such, I often travel abroad with Salem nursing students.  Thus far, students have accompanied me on cultural international experiences to Africa, Japan, Haiti, and Canada.  Students are also encouraged to journey with faculty to the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota people in South Dakota.

I maintain my certification as an NP and work as a Certified Nurse Practitioner for the Renal Group in the  Youngstown, Ohio area. Finally, I serve as a medical-legal consultant for several law firms in the East Coast.

I have 3 grown children (all have attended KSU!!!!!)  and twin grand-babies. My daughters and their husband/boyfriend (also a KSU alumnus) live in Boston.  My son and his family live in NY. I have a very old puppy named Millie. If you are on campus, please stop by and introduce yourself. I look forward to working with you during this course.
Dr.ML Gemma-Ferranto