Kent Trumbull Nursing Professor Wins Political Action Award

WARREN, Ohioo — Dr. Gina Severino, professor and bachelor of science in nursing coordinator at Kent State University at Trumbull, recently earned the Ohio Nurses Association’s Excellence in Political Action Award.

Severino has been an ONA member for 36 years and joined ONA’s Health Policy Council as an alternate in 2016 before becoming a full committee member in 2019. In her role, she represents ONA District Three at numerous state and local political events.

As a professor of nursing, she teaches health care policy courses at the undergraduate BSN and the RN-BSN program level.  She emphasizes the importance of being a voice for the profession at local, state, and federal levels of government.

“I encourage our nurses and nursing students, to pay attention to legislation and be willing to write letters in support of nursing issues. I encourage them to take part in ONA and the American Nurses Association’s grassroots effort in support of legislation that affects nurses,” Severino says. “At a minimum, I want them to exercise their right to vote because when nurses influence politics that improves the delivery of health care, they are ultimately advocating for their patients.”

Severino earned a doctorate of nursing practice from Kent State University in 2018 and became Kent State Trumbull’s BSN coordinator in fall 2021.

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