Joan E Thoman, PhD, RN, CNS
 Title: Associate Professor
Associate Dean of Research & Collaborative Partnerships & Associate Professor
 Dept: Nursing
 Office: JH 260
 Phone: 216-687-3518
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 260, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Diabetes and related topics, Problem-based learning, Spiritual care, Care Across the Continuum
Ph.D., Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Research, Kent State University College of Nursing, 2009
M.S.N., Medical Surgical Nursing & Nursing Education, The University of Akron College of Nursing, 1995
B.S.N., Nursing, The University of Akron College of Nursing, 1984
Diploma, Nursing, St. Vincent School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio, 1978
Brief Bio:
      Joan Thoman first received her diploma in nursing at St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. Later she earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Akron, College of Nursing and a PhD in Nursing Research from Kent State University in 2009.  Her clinical experiences as a registered nurse includes hospital medical surgical units, charge nurse, public health, as a visiting home care nurse, and as a diabetes program coordinator. Joan has experience in staff development, informatics and management.  
    Joan is credited with implementing and maintaining the Diabetes Self Management Skills and Training Program at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio which achieved recognition from the American Diabetes Association in August 2002.  In 2003, Joan was selected by her nursing peers to receive the award of Outstanding Excellence in Clinical Nursing.
  She started a multidisciplinary Diabetes Resource Team to address both in-patient and out-patient needs. In collaboration with the hospital's community outreach department, she started a community health worker program for the diabetes center.
    In 2004, Joan was key in assisting the hospital  become an affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center which has a philosophy of an integrated team approach for the care of people with diabetes. Joan assisted in implementing a medical clinic portion to augment the education program based on the Joslin diabetes standards of care. In October 2004, St. Vincent Charity Hospital recognized Joan as "Caregiver of the Month" for her work with the Joslin Diabetes Center. In June, 2005, Joan was selected to receive the   Distinguished Women in Health Care award for clinical practice and was featured in Cleveland Magazine.  She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She continues her program of research and teaching at Cleveland State University School of Nursing.
Honors and Awards:
March, 2014 Merit Recognition Award for achievement in contributions to the
     profession for AY 2014-2015.

March, 2012 Merit Recognition Award for achievement in contributions to the
     profession for AY 2012-2013.

June, 2011 Circle of Hospitals Award from the American Diabetes Association,
     Cleveland, Ohio

2005-Selected to receive the "Distinguished Women in Health Care"  award for clinical
     practice and was featured in Cleveland Magazine.

2004- Recognized by St. Vincent Charity Hospital as "Caregiver of the Month" for her
      work with the Joslin Diabetes Center.

2003-Selected by her nursing peers to receive the award of "Outstanding Excellence in
     Clinical Nursing".
Research Interests:
Diabetes and related topics
Problem-based learning
Spiritual care
Care across the continuum
Teaching Areas:
Community Health Nursing
Home Health and Hospice Nursing
Diabetes and related topics
RN Refresher on the topic of diabetes
Professional Affiliations:

2010-present  Nurses Christian Fellowship CSU                  Faculty Advisor
1999-present  Nurses Christian Fellowship(NCF)                Member

1995-present  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Member
      Society of Nursing (Delta Omega Chapter & Nu Delta Chapter)


1995-present  Professional Section, American Diabetes        Member
1990-present  American Association of Diabetes Educators     Member


2005-present  Midwest Nursing Research Society              Member
2002-present  Ohio League for Nursing                      Member
1995-present  Ohio Association of Advanced              Member
      Practice Nurses
1980-present  Ohio Nurses Association                      Member


1999-present Greater Cleveland Nurses Association      Member
1997-present Juvenile Diabetes Foundation              Member
                Of Northeast Ohio
1997-1999       Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Board of Directors
                Of Northeast Ohio
1998-1999       Juvenile Diabetes Foundation                  Vice President of
                Of Northeast Ohio
1995-present Professional Section, Diabetes Association    Member
Of Greater Cleveland
1990-present Northeastern Ohio American Association       Member
Of Diabetes Educators         
1996-1997       Northeastern Ohio American Association        Secretary
                Of Diabetes Educators                            
1997-1998       Northeastern Ohio American Association        President- Elect
                Of Diabetes Educators
1998-1999       Northeastern Ohio American Association        President  
                Of Diabetes Educators  
1990-present Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland     Member
Professional Experience:
2010-present Appointed to CSU Graduate Faculty

2010-present Appointed to MPH/NEOMED Graduate Faculty

2014 Spring Cleveland State University School of Nursing-Associate Professor and
Course Coordinator

9/2009-2014 Cleveland State University School of Nursing - Assistant Professor and
Course Coordinator

2008-9/2009 Cleveland State University School of Nursing Instructor and Course

2001-2007 St. Vincent Charity Hospital/Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate (Management) Diabetes Program Coordinator and Nursing as a CNS & Diabetes Education

1999-2002 Visiting Nurse Association Nursing Staff Development, Staff
Nurse/Medical-Surgical and Telemedicine Project, Nursing Informatics

1998-2002 Diabetes Education Associates Nursing Founder/Coordinator

1978-1979 Erie County Sandusky Health Department Public Health Staff Nurse

1978-1979 Providence Hospital Nursing Charge Nurse and Staff Nurse
University Service:
September, 2014 Member of the University Research Council
December, 2013-present Search committee member for Associate Vice Provost of
November, 2011 to April, 2012 Search committee member for the University for the
                                Director of Interdisciplinary Health, Education and
Professional Service:
2008-2014     Course coordination for Community Health Nursing that includes clinical
              placements and visiting new sites and arrangement of affiliation
              agreements. Orienting and working with new Clinical Experience
              Coordinator as she is oriented to this task.  
2013-present  Community Review Board Member for Cultural Competency Toolkit for
              Researchers (in development), Centers for Reducing Health Disparities
              in collaboration with MetroHealth Medical Center.

2013-present  Remediation plan crafted for students not successful in passing the
              NCLEX Predictor. This remediation plan is a dynamic process as the
              needs of the students vary.

2011-present  Remediation for students who fail the NCLEX predictor, Cleveland State

April, 2011   Renewal of CITI for the Protection of Human Research Subjects

2010-2013     Participated with a Human Performance Consortium (HPC). The HPC is
              comprised of researchers from both academic and service sector areas
              for the purpose of possible collaboration.

2010 -2013    Applied and was chosen as one of the participants for the Outside
              Research Mentor for Assistant Professors Program through the Office of
              Applied  Research. Through this program, working with research mentor,
              Dr. Mary Anthony, Associate Dean of Research from Kent State
Fall, 2009    Led five honors students in projects on the topics of H1N1, wound care,
              and mental health in the specialty area of community health nursing.

1997-2001     Served on the Medical Advisory Board of Well Corp, Inc. (a wellness-
              health promotion company), Lyndhurst, Ohio

July, 1999    Teamed with endocrinologist and dietician, presented Ohio Department of
              Health Standards of Care for patients with diabetes to primary care
              physicians at Metro Health Medical Center.

1997-1999     Demonstrated meters and provided diabetes instruction to the public,
              pharmacists and Pharm techs at various retail pharmacies for the Bayer
              Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio.

Nov/Dec.1994 Served on Diabetes Staff Focus Group to develop a telephone survey to
             measure knowledge of diabetes, Visiting Nurse Association, Cleveland,

Nov. 1994    Participated in a Diabetes Focus Group to determine successful outcomes
             for the care of patients with diabetes, Visiting Nurse Association,
             Cleveland, Ohio.

Feb. 1989    Coordinated and presented to the VNA Administrative Board, as a case
             manager, a mock interdisciplinary.
Community Service:
Jan., 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International CSU Nu Delta Chapter, accepted as a delegate
           representing the CSU Nu Delta chapter.

2013-present Take between 7-10  students from Nurse Christian Fellowship (NCF), Student  
             Nurses Association (SNA) and Minority Association of Nursing Students
             (MANS)to monthly service opportunities at Corey Church and 2100 Lakeside
             Men's Shelter (homeless shelter). Students perform foot checks, blood
             glucose checks, blood pressure checks, health teaching and referrals for
             follow up.

Dec., 2013 Took 7-8 students to the 2100 Lakeside Men¿s Homeless Shelter to do foot
           checks, blood glucose checks, health teaching and referrals for follow up.

June 29, 2013 Took 12 students to Merrick House in Tremont to do health screenings for
                Hispanic and their families 9 am to 2 pm.

2011-2014       Serve as a member of the American Diabetes Association of Northeast Ohio interdisciplinary planning committee for the Circles of Hospital Awards
                for 2012, 2013 and 2014.  

June, 2012 American Diabetes Association. Invited to be a member of the Advocacy
                Committee by the American Diabetes Association

May, 2011 Arranged students who volunteered to provide educational sessions to
                grades 1-5 at Urban School in near west side neighborhood of Cleveland.
                The topics were hygiene and nutrition food portion size. Assisted the
                students with content and presentation plan for these experiences. The
                students volunteered after the official semester was over for CSU.

June 11, 2011 Took 10 students to the Medworks interdisciplinary community screening
                initiative on a Saturday 7 am to 1 pm.

Spring, 2010 Arranged health assessment and flu vaccine clinic at 2100 Lakeside Men¿s
                Homeless Shelter. For  the 82 patients who received an H1N1 vaccine, as
                organizing faculty I entered all  patient information on the Ohio
                Department of Health web site for all vaccines administered by the
                students (under faculty direction).

Media Exposure

Dec, 2005 Subject of interview for Rocky River Magazine featured for award for
                Distinguished Women in Health Care for Clinical Practice, Rocky River,

Nov., 2005 Radio Talk Show related of topic of diabetes for 90 FM, Cleveland, Ohio.

August, 2005 Subject of interview for Cleveland Magazine featured for award for
                Distinguished Women in Health Care for Clinical Practice, Cleveland, Ohio.

June, 2005 Television interview on Channel 3 with Fred Griffith, media promotion for
                Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliate at St. Vincent Charity Hospital,
                Cleveland, Ohio.
Research Grants:
5/15 Co-Principle Investigator with Dr. Pam Rutar, NEOMED/Area Health Education
     Center(AHEC). This is a collaborative pipeline initiative representing many
     intraprofessional programs to bring an AHEC to the Cleveland region. This
     initiative is to promote intraprofessional education, serve as a pipeline for
     children to interest them in the health professions and provide health focused
     interventions to the community.

4/15  Principle Investigator with co-investigators Dr. Pam Rutar and Professor Bimpe
      Adedipe, McGregor Foundation: Healing Hands at Home: Preparing Nurses for Home
      Care and Hospice Practice. This workforce development initiative is to start a
      home care/hospice curriculum.

7/14  Principle investigator National Institutes of Health (NIH): Diabetes Health
      Sense comparison group site

5/14  Co-principle investigator with Dr. Pam Rutar for an initiative through  
      MEDTAPP(federal grant run through the states) entitled Improved Health Outcomes
      and Programs through Education (I-HOPE). This workforce development initiative
      is to start a community health worker (CHW) program that is Ohio Board of
      Nursing (OBN) certified and is combined with the Stanford Chronic
      Disease Self-Management (CDSM) intervention Group Leader certification.

2/14  Co-principle investigator with Dr. Linda Wolf and Professor David Foley
      Diversity Inclusion Engagement Grant. To expand the outreach and increase
      diversity education and service learning for Nursing students whole also
      providing service learning for Nursing students while also providing much
      needed services and medical attention working in community agencies, homeless
      shelters, etc.. Written for Community Health Nursing clinical groups and for
      three student nursing organizations (Nurses Christian Fellowship [NCF], Student
      Nurses Association [SNA], Minority Association of Nursing Students [MANS]) to
      provide funds and resources for expendable supplies used during these

7/13-7/14  Co-investigator with Dr. Ken Sparks and graduate student Shane Draper from the
      College of Education and Human Performance on the initiative Effects of
      Intermittent Pneumatic Compression on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in
      Long Distance Runners.

4/13 Co-principle investigator with Dr. Pam Rutar (along with Dr. Linda Wolf) for an  
     initiative through the Ohio Minority commission on Health involving a program
     using the Stanford Chronic Disease Diabetes Self-Management model for the
     management of diabetes in the community setting.

10/12 Contributing author (with Dr. Pam Rutar and Dr. Linda Wolf) for an initiative
      involving an online orientation and mentoring program for faculty within the
      school of nursing to promote retention and ease transition to a faculty role