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Message from the Dean

This is an exciting time in our nation’s history and at the College of Nursing. It has been a year of character builders, but when the going gets tough, our college shines. That’s why we have earned stellar rankings from U.S. News & World Report. We have also moved up in our NIH ranking to # 13 in the nation (#7 among public colleges of nursing).

After almost a year of the pandemic, hope is on the way in the form of vaccines! Our faculty and staff are committed to helping with the vaccination effort in Ohio. It is especially at this time of hope that we must redouble our efforts to be cautious. We have come too far to allow ourselves to be lax, and it is only by being vigilant that we will continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens. I urge you to become a part of the university’s Mask On/Mood Up movement detailed in this newsletter. You can also attend our free weekly webinar series, “Staying Calm and Well” for more help with coping with COVID-19.

February is Black History Month. It is so important to understand the past in order to understand the present, as these university events illustrate, and this is very true in the world of healthcare and wellness. Take time to celebrate historic African American successes in nursing and learn about how healthcare disparities present challenges to underserved populations today. At the College of Nursing, several of our researchers are addressing issues of healthcare disparity to improve outcomes for underrepresented vulnerable populations. You can read more here.

If you are interested in making a difference in Ohio, you may want to attend Virtual Nurses Day at the Statehouse, an exciting annual event that is now online and offers CEs. Register here.

If you are one of our wonderful alumni who need to renew your RN license this year, you can get free category A CEs with this webinar: Preparing the RN in Primary Care to Engage in Policy and Advocacy.

Finally, I want to remind everyone that February is Heart Health Month. I urge you to remember the signs of heart attack and stroke, and to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked annually, and urge your loved ones to do the same. Remember that approximately 80% of cardiovascular disease can be prevented with a few healthy lifestyle behaviors, including 30 minutes of physical activity a day, at least five fruits and veggies a day, not smoking, and regular stress reduction.

Wishing you hearts filled with joy!

Fondly,
Bern