2021 - 2022 Year in Review

This year has been marked by milestones, achievement and resiliency. Thanks to the hard work and dedicated support of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and partners, we will soon open the doors to our remarkable new Jane E. Heminger Hall, begin renovations on Newton Hall, open applications for new world-class academic programs and continue leading and conducting deeply impactful research relevant to the world and our vision to think and achieve the impossible to transform health and improve lives. Join us as we reflect on the major accomplishments of our College of Nursing community over the past year.


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Teaching and Learning  |  Community Impact |  Research, Innovation and Evidence-based Practice  |  Wellness |  Transformative Solutions in Healthcare 



Points of Pride

Student body: 
  • 1,139 undergraduate students
  • 941 graduate students
  • 207 PhD and DNP students
Research and grants:
  • #13 nationally among colleges of nursing in National Institutes of Health funding
  • $11.8M in external grant funding for research and development (most recent total available)

Because of the generosity of our alumni and donors, more than $800,000 in scholarship funding was provided to 126 student scholars.

Our scholarship recipients:
  • Undergraduate: 45%
  • Graduate: 52%
  • First generation: 36%

U.S. News & World Report rankings

Received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the sixth year in a row. 




We are anticipating the opening of our new College of Nursing building, Jane E. Heminger Hall, which is scheduled to open to our campus community for the autumn semester. The first WELL-certified building on Ohio State's campus, Heminger Hall will serve as a gateway to Ohio State's health sciences campus – and to the future of nursing and healthcare. See drone video construction updates, read more about the building's unique details and learn about how we are transforming the future of health through generational impact on teaching, learning, research, innovation, wellness and leadership. Read more.

May 2022
Team receives highly competitive grant to revolutionize nursing education using extended reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning
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April 2022
Top-ranked online RN to BSN program eliminates prerequisite requirements and reduces barriers to entry for prospective students
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November 2021
First-generation college student, Aarhea Hope, reflects on experience and looks to future
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May 2022
The College of Nursing celebrated a record 700 graduates at spring convocation and commencement
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August 2021
Research initiative to expand health resources and improve outcomes for Black women
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October 2021
Nurses must ‘vigorously combat’ COVID vaccine hesitancy among nurses (Columbus Dispatch guest column)
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February 2022
Urgent call to stem rising tide of hypertension and cardiovascular deaths made worse by COVID-19 pandemic
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November 2021
College of Nursing wins national honor for creation of telehealth wellness hub
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September 2021
Breitenstein and team awarded $3M NIH grant for training program for parents of children born very premature
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March 2022
Pickler receives 2022 Distinguished Scholar Award from Ohio State’s Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge
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May 2022
Warren wins 2022 Ruth C. Bailey Award for Multicultural Engagement for contributions to campus multicultural interaction and understanding
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November 2021
Fuld Institute for EBP holds third national summit focused on transforming healthcare through evidence-based practice
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May 2022
New report finds burnout among working parents associated with more mental health concerns, punitive behavior toward children 
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July 2021
Survey shows anxiety, depression, burnout rising as college students prepare to return to campus
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December 2021
New study spotlights toll of pandemic on front-line nurses
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November 2021
Three from College of Nursing included in inaugural cohort of new Ohio State Health Equity Scholars program
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Our college launched the Transformative Solutions in Healthcare series in August 2020 to amplify expert voices affiliated with the College of Nursing in addressing issues in healthcare and bringing potential solutions to the forefront. New thought pieces are published monthly during the academic year. Below are the pieces from the 2021-2022 academic year.

Advocacy for All Nurses: Q&A with National Nursing Leadership
Pat Ford-Roegner, former CEO of the American Academy of Nursing, with Dr. Ernest Grant, president, American Nurses Association and Dr. Kenneth R. White, president, American Academy of Nursing Board of Directors

Handling Healthcare Evidence and Burnout in a Post-COVID World
Dr. Arlene Bierman, director of the Center for Evidence of Practice Improvement and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with Dean Bernadette Melnyk 

Barriers to Progress: How We Can Do Better to Help Low-Income Mothers Eat Healthier
Dr. Mei-Wei Chang

Social Media and Youth: Time Well Spent? Or Lost Time?
Pat Ford-Roegner, former CEO of the American Academy of Nursing

Advancing Research for Older Adults: Leading Science to Improve Pain Management for People Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers
Drs. Todd B. Monroe and Karen O. Moss

Beyond COVID: Why Climate Change is Our Greatest Public Health Threat … and Opportunity
Pat Ford-Roegner, former CEO of the American Academy of Nursing

Supporting Care for Heroes: The Partnership of the VA and the Fuld Institute for Evidence-based Practice
Drs. Penelope Gorsuch, Lynn Gallagher-Ford, Sheila Cox-Sullivan and Colleen Walsh-Irwin

Q&A with SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services Director Dr. Anita Everett
Pat Ford-Roegner, former CEO of the American Academy of Nursing

What About Me? Ensuring the Patient Perspective in Evidence-based Practice and Shared Decision Making
Drs. Jacqueline Hoying and Inga Zadvinskis

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