College of Nursing e-News

August 2016




Bernadette MelnykRecently I experienced a valuable lesson in gratitude. In July, my daughter, Angela, was involved in a terrible car accident. She sustained multiple injuries in the crash, including a displaced hip and a broken femur. I rushed back from Rochester, New York where our CTEP team was doing an evidence-based practice immersion to be by her side and spent the week between visits to the hospital and caring for my now eight-month-old grandchild (who is an absolute joy). Although Angela has a long and challenging road to recovery ahead of her, we feel so fortunate that she is alive and wasn't more seriously injured.

Events like this make you stop and appreciate what you have in life, as it could all be gone in the blink of an eye. For me, it was a reminder of the importance of building gratitude into every one of our days. Did you know that having an attitude of gratitude doesn't just make you feel good—it's actually good for your health and wellness, too? Multiple studies support that higher levels of gratitude are linked to better heart health, less depression, less fatigue, improved sleep and a stronger immune system. Before bed, make it a habit of writing down three things you're grateful for and why. I am definitely grateful for each of you, our fantastic alums, as you are truly making such an impact across the world. I am so proud of you. Focusing on the positive in our lives leads to noticing more positive things and experiencing more joy. And that is definitely something to appreciate!


Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine
The Ohio State University




High schoolers discover nursing at Summer Institute

In June the college hosted 32 local high school students for its 2016 Summer Institute for Diversity in Nursing program. Students from historically underrepresented populations spent a week learning about the nursing profession from current faculty and students and engaging in exciting hands-on activities. View photos from the week on Flickr.

Wine tasting uncorks spirit of giving

Nearly 160 alumni and friends gathered for the 10th annual Wine Tasting, hosted by the College of Nursing Alumni Society. Guests enjoyed an evening of great wine and entertainment, and raised more than $18,000 to support the college's Scholarship Fund. View photos from the festivities on Flickr.

Watch 2016 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, September 30 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST. Check our website for more information.

Mentorship program to launch

The Nursing Alumni Society's Mentorship Program will officially launch this fall, providing an opportunity for students and young alumni to interact with an alumni mentor. Join us for our kick-off event on September 15 (See Upcoming Events below) and learn more about the program by visiting

Global experience survey

The college's Office of Global Innovations has created a survey to better understand the diverse perspectives and global experience of our alumni community, and to better assess our efforts to prepare globally-engaged health professionals. Please take a moment to complete the survey and tell us about your academic and professional experience.




Bauldoff recognized by AACVPR

Gerene Bauldoff, professor of clinical nursing, will receive the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Presidential Recognition Award in September at the association's 31st annual meeting in New Orleans.

College welcomes new faculty

The College of Nursing welcomes new research professor Lorraine Mion. Mion will serve as interim director of the Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care. She joins Ohio State from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Dean Melnyk named 2016 Champion of Healthcare

Dean Bernadette Melnyk was recognized as a 2016 Champion of Healthcare by Columbus Business First. Champions of Healthcare are Central Ohio medical professionals who are raising the region's quality of life through dedication to patient care, innovations in research and technology, and outstanding healthcare management. Read more.

Kue receives healthcare leadership award

Congratulations to assistant professor Jenn Kue on her receipt of the Healthcare Leadership Award from the Asian American Commerce Group of Columbus. Kue is also director of the Office of Global Innovations.

Warren, Ford-Roegner honored at ANA Awards

Congratulations to Barbara Jones Warren, professor of clinical nursing, and Patricia Ford-Roegner on their receipt of the American Nurses Association 2016 National Awards. Warren serves as director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Program and Ford-Roegner is a consultant of the college.

Zellefrow earns service award

Cindy Zellefrow, assistant professor of practice, has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of School Nurses. Zellefrow is also assistant director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice.




Kristine Scordo, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP

Ohio State degrees: Master of Science in Nursing (MS) 1980, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) 1990

Current role: Professor and Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, College of Nursing & Health Teaching, Wright State University

Professionally, I am most proud of the fact that the Acute Care NP Program at Wright State has had a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the last 17 years.

Interesting fact: In addition to directing and lecturing in the ACNP program, I enjoy lecturing nationally on topics in cardiology and consulting with other universities throughout the country to start acute care NP programs. I am currently a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reviewer and on the CCNE task force looking at possible accreditation of post-graduate fellowship programs.




Coping with back-to-school

As the new school year approaches, life in an academic setting can become incredibly hectic. While your professional work can be a gateway to future success, it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. No matter the cause, be sure you get the support you need if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, especially if they are interfering with your performance or usual activities. Using the services available at Ohio State, such as the on-line evidence-based Beating the Blues offered by our Employee Assistance Program, can help to improve your emotional health.





Mentorship Program Kick off

Join your fellow Buckeye Nurses for refreshments and drinks from 6 – 8 p.m. and learn more about our Mentorship Program. This exciting new program links students and new graduates with alumni volunteer mentors. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

9/22/16 - 9/23/16

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Do you dream of making an impact in healthcare? Are you ready to use your healthcare skills in an innovative way? Join us at the Ohio Union for our second annual workshop and get the tools you need to start your own practice, product or plan.

9/30/16 - 10/2/16

Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming 2016 is quickly approaching, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to reconnect and show your Buckeye spirit! This year will honor all graduates from years ending in "1" or "6," but all alumni are welcome. Registration remains open through September 16.


Financial Workshop: Debt Repayment

Part of the Financial Wellness Series, this workshop will provide you with tools and strategies that will help you manage student loans and prepare for loan repayment. Registration is free.

View more upcoming events here.


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