Message from the Dean

This spring at Convocation and Commencement, we were so proud to honor the many who chose to answer their calling to care in nursing and healthcare and succeeded in achieving a monumental step toward their future. We awarded 258 Bachelors of Science in Nursing, eight Bachelors of Science in Health and Wellness, 219 Masters of Science in Nursing, 44 Masters of Clinical Research, 34 Masters of Healthcare Innovation, 49 Doctors of Nursing Practice and four PhDs and honored five students for completing post-master’s study. Congratulations to all! If you’d like to see pictures of the excitement, visit our Flickr album.

I'd like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on our nurse scientists and their outstanding commitment to research. We have released a mini-series of episodes on YouTube entitled “From Lab to Life,” highlighting researchers at our Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth. As the center's director, Karen Patricia Williams, PhD, points out, our faculty are pursuing research that makes a difference in people's lives and designing practical interventions that are then deployed in hospitals and in the community. They are truly taking their work from bench to bedside, from lab to life. You can watch it on the Martha S. Pitzer Center's webpage.

Our research has been in the news quite a lot lately! A survey of more than 700 parents conducted by Kate Gawlik, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, and Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, revealed that many parents feel stressed and pressured to be perfect, causing mental health concerns for both parents and children. Another survey Gawlik collaborated on conducted by the College of Nursing and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center showed high levels of parental loneliness. Both stories attracted national and global media coverage this month, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, CBS News HealthWatch, CNN Online, the New York Post, HealthDay, Global News Online in Canada and outlets in Germany and the UK. Those stories combined have reached a total of nearly 4 billion viewers.

Also, I’d like to congratulate Shannon Gillespie, PhD, RN, on her new role as an ambassador to the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR). She is also principal investigator on a study newly awarded a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD) grant to test new ways to predict and prevent early birth.

I’m continually impressed by our faculty’s commitment to research that really makes a difference and addresses important healthcare issues. If you’d like to support our outstanding researchers, visit our giving webpage. I’d also like to give a shout out to our outstanding academic programs. And to all of our new BSN graduates, I’m cheering you on as you take the NCLEX exam. You can feel confident that you are well-prepared – our NCLEX pass rate is currently 99%. Go Buckeyes!

Congratulations again to all the new Buckeye Nurses and Healthcare providers out there! I hope you will all have a wonderful summer.

Many thanks,

Handwritten signature of Karen Rose



Karen M. Rose, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
The Ohio State University