College of Nursing e-News

JUNE 2017


Message from the Dean

Bernadette Melnyk

I hope you have some awesome plans for this summer—perhaps traveling, relaxing by the pool, or getting some great outdoor exercise—and that the summer months allow you some special time to connect with your family and friends, find some extra unwind time, and cultivate your dreams.

I am excited to announce that registration is now open for our landmark inaugural National Summit on Transforming Health Care through Evidence-based Practice on October 18 to 20, during which time we will formally launch our new Helene Fuld Health Trust Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare. Participants at the Summit will be the first to hear “hot off the press” recommendations of leaders from over 30 national professional organizations, federal agencies, and high profile healthcare entities. Right here in Columbus, Ohio, we are enhancing the quality and safety of healthcare by clinicians, teachers, researchers, consumers, industry leaders and organizations. This dream has been in the planning stages for years and is finally coming to fulfillment, thanks to visionary faculty, staff and alumni, who worked hard to make it happen. I hope you’ll join us for this groundbreaking event. We’re also excited to welcome another outstanding faculty member Dr. Kathy Wright, who will be our new chief diversity officer.

Food for thought: By now, most of us have been made aware of the need for sunscreen (30+ SPF!) before heading out under the summer sun, because we know a little sunburn can lead to a lot of damage later on. But did you know that just a little smoking can be dangerous as well? Read below about a recent study we conducted, which revealed that people who smoke only occasionally still face some of the same health risks as habitual smokers.

Wishing you a summer filled with health, happiness and big dreams!


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


Study reveals the risks of social smoking

A study by three College of Nursing faculty, Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN and Alai Tan, PhD, revealed that social smokers—those who smoke occasionally in social situations—are at the same risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol as everyday smokers. This story has gained national and international attention through media outlets like U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Health, New York Daily News and Spectator.

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Register now for the inaugural EBP 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” at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, October 18-20. Register today. Early registration, available until June 30: $395. Starting July 1, registration will be $495. For more information and to register, visit Registrants will hear “hot off the press” recommendations from leaders representing over 30 major national professional organizations and leading healthcare agencies who will convene during a national EBP expert forum on October 18.


Ohio State’s DNP program reopens fall admissions

Now you can apply to earn a DNP degree online with Ohio State and start classes this fall. The College of Nursing is pleased to announce a special admission cycle for the autumn 2017 post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This special application window will be open for a limited time, from June 1 through July 10. All application materials are due by Monday, July 10th at 11:59 p.m.

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Online course helps APRNs meet House Bill 216 compliance

If you’re an Ohio APRN who needs to take an advanced pharmacology course in order to meet the requirements of HB #216, we’re here for you! Ohio State offers two online courses to suit your needs, Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan and Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology.

Find out more

Help College of Nursing researchers learn more about bullying

Researchers at the Ohio State University College of Nursing are conducting a survey for Pediatric Primary Care Providers regarding bullying among their patients. This survey for healthcare providers asks questions about practices, attitudes, self-confidence and knowledge regarding bullying. The survey will remain open until July 15th.

Take the Survey

Save the Date: September 21-22 Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Hosted by the Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. Learn from experts how to start your own business and market your healthcare innovations! Details to come.

Register now

People to Watch

Tondi Harrison Portrait

Tondi Harrison awarded grant

Congratulations to Tondi Harrison, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, who has just received a NIH R15 grant for her study “Behavioral and physiological responses to oral feeding in infants with complex congenital heart disease.” Colleagues on the grant are Sue Thoyre from UNC-Chapel Hill, Rita Pickler, and Roger Brown (UW-Madison).

Stephen Roller Portrait

Stephen Roller

Congratulations to alumnus Stephen Roller, ‘07 BSN, ’09 MS, for his induction as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Roller is the chief operating officer and chief clinical officer at Primary Health Solutions in Butler County, Ohio.

Kathy Wright Portrait

Welcome Kathy Wright

A warm welcome to Kathy Wright, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC, who will join our faculty on July 1 as Assistant Professor of Nursing, and also become the College of Nursing’s Chief Diversity Officer on January 1, 2018. Wright comes to us from Case Western Reserve, where she is currently a KL2 Clinical Research Scholar. Her research focus is stress and coping in African Americans across the lifespan.

Joyce Zurmehly Portrait

Joyce Zurmehly

Congratulations to Joyce Zurmehly, PhD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, who has been selected as a Fellow in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education.


Alumni Spotlight

Casey Miller portrait

Janel Olberding, RN, BSN


Ohio State degrees: BSN 2015


Current role:Medical-surgical nurse and full-time student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Ohio State


Professionally, I am proud of my unit and coworkers. We opened up a medical surgical unit composed of nearly 90 percent new-graduate nurses almost two years ago now. I have never seen a unit of people come together so well in order to prove that as new grads we could provide safe, effective care for our patients. We have a really great bond because of it. We also had a great manager, CNL and CNS to help with the process.


Interesting fact: I love my hometown! I come from Fort Loramie, Ohio, in the middle of nowhere. Home of the Country Concert and some of the best small-town people. I eventually want to find myself back in that rural area as a family practice provider. 


Buckeye Wellness Tip


Reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke

One out of every three adults has high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. To help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level, be sure to be physically active most days of the week, limit sodium intake to under 1,500 mg per day, manage your stress, limit alcohol and be sure to take your medications as prescribed.


Want more wellness? Read “Make time for mental workouts” – no-nonsense health advice from our dean and university chief wellness officer, Bern Melnyk. An Ohio State Alumni magazine web exclusive.


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Upcoming Events


11th Annual Wine Tasting
Save the date for this annual fundraiser which features a flight of five French wines and a five-course menu benefiting the College of Nursing Scholarship Fund. Learn more here.


Homecoming Weekend
Mark your calendars 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.


View more upcoming events here.