Message from the Dean

Spring is here at the College of Nursing, bringing warm weather, blooming flowers and a long hoped-for in-person Convocation ceremony! Our latest U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect ongoing excellence for our graduate programs. I am so proud of our wonderful college and all of our outstanding alumni.

We are beginning to plan our return to Newton Hall and are excited about the changes taking place as the new building begins to rise from the ground. You can view our progress at nursing.osu.edu/building

This spring, we are seeing national recognition for our outstanding researchers, including Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, who was named the American Association of Critical Care Nurses 2021 Distinguished Research Lecturer. Happ is mentor to PhD student Avery Anderson, whose research was just published in Advances in Nursing Science

Be sure to read “What’s good for the heart is good for the brain: Inspiring self-care to prevent hypertension-related dementias in African American older adults,” our Transformative Solutions essay by Assistant Professor Kathy Wright, PhD, APRN-CNS.

I hope by now, you all have gotten the COVID-19 vaccination, or have one scheduled. The vaccines all have excellent efficacy against COVID-19 and we want to make sure everyone is protected. I so appreciate the fantastic care that is being delivered by our Buckeye nurses, advanced practice nurses, and other health professionals. There are so many reasons to be hopeful right now. Rainbows follow rain and we are in for many to follow this pandemic. Let’s keep dreamining, discovering and delivering a bright future ahead together. Go Buckeyes! 

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, 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