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Message from the Dean

Bernadette MelnykIt is an exciting and inspirational time of year! It's back to school time at the College of Nursing, and every day new students are arriving on campus, excited about becoming Buckeye Nurses and healthcare professionals who will dream, discover and deliver a brighter future for healthcare and people’s lives across Ohio, the nation and globe. As summer wraps up and classes begin, we have so much to be proud of with our inspirational Buckeye Nursing faculty, students, staff and alumni. Read below about some of our superstars: three of our faculty who are now American Academy of Nursing Fellows; two outstanding PhD students who have been awarded F31 grants from the National Institutes of Health, and an alumnus who started his own business with an innovative product he developed while working as a home healthcare nurse. I am also so proud to announce that our fantastic nurse practitioner-led team based clinic that provides outstanding comprehensive physical and mental health services on the East side of Columbus, The Ohio State University Total Health & Wellness Center, has just received Federally Qualified Health Center-look alike status from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This designation is critical for us to receive higher reimbursement rates to sustain our services for a highly vulnerable population of people across the lifespan.


I enjoyed seeing so many of you (190 people!) at our wine tasting gala on August 9, where we raised over $12,000 for student scholarships. Our alumni are truly part of the team and part of the dream here at Ohio State! I can’t wait for Homecoming in October, and I hope to see all of you there!


Whether you're a parent or grandparent of a child returning to school, or a student returning yourself, take care to safeguard their health and wellness and your own (see more about sleep and health below), for the best school year ever. And remember, no matter what your age or stage in life, you can always take a class or study something new to keep your mind sharp! You can read more about intellectual wellness here.


We will keep thinking and achieving the impossible to transform health and improve lives.


Warm and well wishes for a safe and happy fall,

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine
Executive Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP
The Ohio State University


Featured Stories

screen shot of Bern's welcome video

Register now for the Inaugural Fuld Evidence-based Practice National Summit

The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare's first national summit, "Transforming Healthcare through EBP" will be held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, October 18-20. Space is limited for this landmark event, so register soon! View Dean Melnyk's video about the event here.

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Four young women who attended the Wine Tasting event

Wine Tasting a smashing success!

Nearly 190 alumni and friends gathered for the 11th annual Wine Tasting, hosted by the College of Nursing Alumni Society. Guests enjoyed an evening of great wine and entertainment, and raised more than $12,000 to support the college's Scholarship Fund. View photos from the festivities on Flickr. Many thanks to Colleen Pelasky, who did a fantastic job organizing and coordinating this event!


Watch 2017 State of the College online

Dean Melnyk will deliver her annual State of the College address during Homecoming Weekend. Can't attend in-person? Join us online as we live stream the event on Friday, October 6 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EST. Visit the Homecoming website for more information.



Looking for a way to give back to the College of Nursing share your expertise with current nursing students? Sign up for the Nursing Alumni Society Mentorship Program or fall Career Connections Luncheons.


Nurses on Boards Coalition

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) represents national and state efforts to improve the health of communities and the nation at all levels through the service of nurses on boards, panels, commissions, task forces and other bodies. Please visit the website to register if you are currently serving or interested in serving. The goal is 10,000 nurses by 2020!

Total Health & Wellness employees

Total Health & Wellness Center receives federal designation

The Total Health & Wellness Center (THW), established in late 2012 as Ohio State's first health practice to be run entirely by nurses, has been awarded Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alike status by the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care. Under this designation, THW is recognized as an organization that provides high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

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People to Watch


Balas, Ford and Overcash named AAN Fellows

Congratulations to Michele Balas, Lynn Gallagher-Ford, and Janine Overcash, our newly selected American Academy of Nursing Fellows who will be inducted this October at the AAN National Conference. We are proud of you!

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Lorraine Mion portrait

Mion inducted into STTI Researcher Hall of Fame

We are proud to announce that Lorraine C. Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, research professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, was inducted into the Researcher Hall of Fame of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), at STTI's 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, 29 July 2017.

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Two PhD students awarded NIH grants

Two Ohio State College of Nursing PhD candidates, Randi Bates and Marliese Nist, have just been awarded F31 grants from the National Institutes of Health for their research.

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Alumni Spotlight

Jeff Johnston portrait

Jeff Johnston


Ohio State degrees: BSN (1987)


Recent award: 2017 Port Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Fame


Current role: Founder / CEO of A-List Enterprises, developer of iPhone / iPad Apps A-List+ and A-ListPro. A-List+ combines weather, contacts, calendar, task list, user names & passwords, notes, projects and more in one app. A-ListPro is a business management app for personal trainers and other small appointment-based service businesses.


Professionally, I am proud of co-founding and running CPR+ Complete Patient Records, the most widely used business management software in the home infusion therapy industry. My business partner Stuart Crane and I met in 1991 and started building CPR+ while we both had full-time jobs. I was working full time as a home health RN for a local home infusion therapy company. I realized that the industry needed an easy-to-use business management software program to automate all of the time-consuming clinical documentation, inventory and billing tasks that were being done manually with pen and paper at the time. We sold our first copy of CPR+ in 1993 for $5,000, and it quickly became the #1 program on the market. We experienced 20 consecutive years of double digit growth before we sold the business in 2013, with over 800 active home care customers, tens of thousands of end users and 80 full time employees. We continue to own our office building in Westerville, Ohio, renting it to the company who acquired us. Four years later, CPR+ remains the market leading business management solution for Home Infusion Therapy and Specialty Pharmacy businesses.


Interesting fact: I met Stuart over our backyard fence in Clintonville. We started our business with $400 in cash.


Buckeye Wellness Tip


Sleep well!

Consider your sleep cycle an important part of wellness this fall. If you or your children (or grandchildren!) are going back to school, set a regular bedtime about a week before school starts to create a good sleep routine. Poor sleep has been linked to memory loss, increased risk of heart disease, depression, anxiety, and reduced immune system functioning. With a regular sleep schedule, you are more likely to get the amount of sleep you need to stay mentally, emotionally and physically well.

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Make a Gift


Create a lasting impact and legacy at the College of Nursing with a gift from your estate. Click below to learn more about your giving options, or contact Katy Trombitas at (614) 688-1086 or

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College of Nursing Continuing Education


Check out the latest offerings from the Academy for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (AcCELL).


Upcoming Events


Homecoming Weekend
Register today for Homecoming 2017 and reconnect with your fellow Buckeyes! This year we will honor graduates from years ending in "2" or "7." Not a milestone year? Come anyway! Learn more here.


Nursing Alumni Society Mentorship Program Meet and Greet
Network with fellow nursing alumni and students and learn more about the Nursing Alumni Society's Mentorship Program! RSVP here.


View more upcoming events here.