Alumni at the college's annual Wine Tasting event in 2015. View photos of other alumni events on Flickr.
Welcome, Buckeye Nurses!
The College of Nursing proudly counts more than 12,000 living alumni worldwide. Our first graduates received their diplomas in 1916 from the Homeopathic Hospital Training School for Nurses at Ohio State, long before the college was founded. By 1941, our baccalaureate program was established and today, our talented alumni represent a wide variety of degrees, certificates and specialties.
Whether you shared a dorm room with classmates in Neil Hall, or participated in a simulation in the Technology Learning Complex at Newton Hall, you're part of the same caring nursing community that continues to impact health and healthcare in Ohio, across the country and around the globe. Once a Buckeye Nurse, always a Buckeye Nurse!
Want to get involved? There are many opportunities to do so. Contact Colleen Pelasky, alumni engagement coordinator, to learn how.
Bret Apple II, MSN, RN, CNL, CNOR
OSU degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 2011; Master of Nursing with a focus in Clinical Nurse Leader (MS) 2014
Current role: Operating Room staff nurse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with a primary focus in Neurological Surgery
Professionally, I am most proud of obtaining my master’s degree as a CNL and earning specialty certification in the operating room. This has enabled me to provide high level nursing care while remaining at the bedside.
Interesting fact: Before pursuing a career in nursing, I had two previous career paths. The first was in NASCAR building engines for race teams. Later, I changed to Professional Golf Management at Ohio State to become a golf professional. I fell into nursing with the advice from my girlfriend (now wife) and have never looked back. My wife and I love to travel, especially to Europe, and we ventured to Italy with our seven-week-old, Luke, for two weeks this past August.