Message from the Dean

It warmed my heart to see so many of you back for Homecoming – over 100 alumni and friends –  this year, to enjoy fellowship with other alumni and cheer the Buckeyes on to a resounding victory over the Maryland Terrapins. You can watch a video of my State of the College Address from Homecoming here. Several of our alumni also took a hard-hat tour of our new building to get a first-hand look at our progress. You can see the latest drone video of our awesome new building on our Construction Updates webpage.

Another amazing alumna visited us in October: the esteemed Faye Wattleton, MA, women’s reproductive rights advocate and past president of Planned Parenthood, to give an inspiring Martha S. Pitzer lecture. I am so encouraged by her words: “I have never believed in the impossible.” 

U.S. News & World Report created a new ranking just for BSN programs and we are #10 in the country! (#6 among public colleges and universities.) We are honored that our peers recognize our top-notch programs as among the best in the country at all three levels (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral). We are also thrilled to have been awarded our sixth consecutive HEED award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Mental health issues, including nurse mental health, are so important as we continue to bear the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new College of Nursing-led study published in Nursing Administration Quarterly examining associations among nurses’ well-being, workplace wellness cultures and shift length during COVID-19 found that even though burnout is on the rise, nurses who reported that their workplace actively supported their wellness were more likely to report good physical and mental health. Our new Transformative Solutions in Healthcare article in this newsletter also addresses mental health: an exclusive Q&A with SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services Director Anita Everett, MD.

I am grateful for each and every one of you, our fantastic alumni whose commitment and service to the health of the world has truly transformed lives. Thank you!

Be well and go Buckeyes!


 Bern Signature

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Evidence-Based Practice, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine
Executive Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP