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Message from the Dean 

As you know, Buckeye nurses and healthcare providers are unstoppable. When we face challenges, we work together to surmount them and find new ways to achieve success. I am happy to report that our dream for our new building addition has been overwhelmingly supported and promoted by so many of you that we are right on track to begin building this winter. I am so very moved to know that your belief in our terrific College of Nursing has made this possible for us all. We are truly laying the groundwork to continue to accelerate our work in transforming the future of health and improving lives with over 40,000 square feet of new space for academics, research, innovation and evidence-based practice. Our virtual groundbreaking event will take place Wednesday, December 2, at noon. Please register to attend – it is going to be exciting!

The Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Professionals in October was a great success! Nearly 400 people registered from 35 states and three countries and attended virtually to learn about the epidemic of clinician burnout and what they can do to improve their personal health and well-being from experts such as United States Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. We are grateful for the online technologies that made this possible and allowed us to engage in meaningful discussions together.

The college continues to do outstanding, cutting-edge work. We have received federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) to create a suite of evidence-based resources, workshops and solutions aimed at helping Ohio State students improve coping and resiliency skills. Our awesome faculty continue to gain prestigious national recognition. I am so proud of Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC, FNAP, FGSA, FAAN, Karen Rose, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, and Kathy Wright, PhD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, who were all honored with Distinguished Nurse Educator in Gerontological Nursing awards. I also was humbled to be awarded the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) for my lifetime of research in October. I also am pleased to announce that our interdisciplinary Master of Clinical Research, (MCR), once known as MACPR and directed by Carolyn Thomas Jones, is now fully administered and overseen within the College of Nursing. MCR is an interdisciplinary, fully online program that prepares students to excel as administrators, regulatory specialists and other professional roles on clinical research teams.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading our Fall edition of our magazine, Transformations in Nursing and Health. If you have not received your issue and would like one, send an email with your updated address and a request for a copy of Transformations to nursingalumni@osu.edu, and a copy will be mailed to you! And don't forget to update your contact information on the alumni portal. Also, please check out our terrific online version at nursing.osu.edu/transformations-fall-2020. It’s fully accessible on phone, computer or tablet, and the interactive layout allows you to navigate from article to article, with useful links to more information on our website and beyond. If you would like to read online only, you can remove your name from the print mailing list here. Also, Be sure to read the latest article in the Transformative Solutions in Healthcare series — Rethinking How we Address Health Disparities.

Despite the character-builders of the pandemic, we have so much to be thankful for and this is a great time to actively practice gratitude. Evidence-based studies show many health benefits of expressing gratitude, including physical and emotional well-being. Gratitude can be as easy as acknowledging an act of kindness, showing friends, family and co-workers appreciation, or taking a walk to appreciate nature and revive your spirit. Remember to take your Vitamin G (Gratitude) every morning.

I hope you and your families will have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for each and every one of you!

Be well and Go Buckeyes!

Bern