KENT - Kent State University will soon welcome a new dean to its College of Nursing.
Braceville native Barbara Broome will return to her alma mater on March 17. She said she hopes to continue the school's legacy of great faculty, great expectations and great students.
"I'm look forward to just returning back to the place where I really got my start and being able to give something back to Kent State and give something back to the community," she said.
Broome received both her bachelor's and master's in nursing from Kent and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
"We are exceptionally fortunate to have someone with Barbara Broome's talent and experience joining our team. We are thrilled to welcome Dean Broome back to Ohio," Todd Diacon, Kent State's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in a statement.
Although she currently is basking in warmer weather as an administrator for the University of South Alabama, Broome, formerly of Warren and Newton Falls, said she can't wait to return home to Ohio.
"We have family and friends (in Ohio),'' she said. ''It's nice to go away and see where other people live, but it's nice to come home because that's where our heart is."
Broome said new or expanded programs could be in their future, but for now she would like to see the College of Nursing continue on its current trajectory.
"The faculty are really dedicated to what they do and they love what they do. They believe in nursing ... and they're trying to incite that same sort of thing within their students. They expect greatness from their students," she said.
Broome's background in nursing is extensive, as she has received several honors and awards, including the University of South Alabama's Faculty Senate 50 Outstanding Faculty Member Award and the university's 50 Outstanding Research, Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State's College of Nursing.
She recently was inducted into the LaBrae Schools' Alumni Hall of Fame as a member of the graduating Class of 1972.
"That was just so neat and then to come back and be back within the community, that just really feels great," she said.
Broome's memberships include the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of University Women, the American Nurses Association, the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, the Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, the International Academy of Nursing Editors, the National Black Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society, the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Broome succeeds Susan Stocker, who has served as interim dean since August 1. Her research and areas of interest include mental, adult and women's health, and minority and aging issues in urinary incontinence in men and women.
She developed the Broome Pelvic Muscle Self-Efficacy Scale, which has been translated into several languages and used in national and international studies, and has secured more than $2.5 million in funding for mental health education, elderly health screening and continence care.