College of Nursing e-News

December 2015




Bernadette MelnykAs we approach the end of 2015, I'm struck by how many wonderful things have happened to our college community over the past year.

We've seen phenomenal growth at Newton Hall, with our numbers totaling more than 2,000 students and over 225 faculty and staff. Our academic programs have been ranked among the nation's very best (more on that below). Our faculty continue to blaze trails in the health care field, garnering notable accolades and producing groundbreaking research. And our students and alumni continue to impress us with their knowledge, innovation and successes. Recently, a team of graduate nursing students received the university's coveted Student Innovator of the Year Award—a first in our college's history—for their creation of a health and wellness mobile app for the underserved. Reflecting on all of these achievements brings me a great sense of pride and gratitude for our college.

New Year's is always a great time to look back and count our blessings, and also focus on what we want to accomplish in the coming year. Maybe it's going back to school for a second (or third!) degree, or maybe it's a vow to engage in more physical activity or eat healthier foods. Whatever the case may be, I hope you spend the remaining days of 2015 surrounded by those you love, and thinking of ways to make 2016 even more fulfilling. After all, as the great Abraham Lincoln once said, "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

I am so grateful to count each of you among my blessings. Have a happy and healthy new year, and as always, Go Bucks!


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




RN to BSN Program ranked no. 1

The college's RN to BSN Program has been named the nation's very best, according to recent rankings from The website only considered schools which are fully accredited by a national nursing accreditation agency. It then ranked programs based on cost, graduation rates and loan repayment. To learn more about the award, click here.

Health program reduces depression, unhealthy weights in teens

An innovative health program developed by Dr. Bernadette Melnyk reduces depression and unhealthy weights in teens, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research. Read more about the long-term positive effects of the COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN Program.

State of Health and Wellness address

On December 1, college dean and university chief wellness officer Bernadette Melnyk delivered the annual State of Health and Wellness in Buckeye Nation address to the Ohio State community. Watch the presentation on YouTube (Part I and Part II).

New site for volunteer opportunities

Have you ever considered volunteering with the College of Nursing? From now on, all volunteer opportunities will be posted in one convenient location on the CON's Volunteer Match webpage. Check the site often for new opportunities to support your alma mater through event involvement, committee membership or student enrichment programs.




Warren honored at Who's Who in Black Columbus event

Barbara Jones Warren, director of the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Program, was among more than 50 Ohio State faculty and staff recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the 13th edition of Who's Who in Black Columbus.


Balas selected for critical care award

The college congratulates faculty Michele Balas on her receipt of the 2016 Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Fennessy awarded by American Heart Association

Congratulations to faculty Michelle Fennessy who recently received the 2015 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award by the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Stroke and Nursing Council.


Overcash appointed to serve on expert panel

The college is pleased to announce that faculty Janine Overcash has been appointed to serve on the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Expert Panel for the Development of Gero Nurse Education Competencies. She will be one of 13 national experts serving on the panel.





Beth Steinberg, MS, RN

OSU degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 1984; Master of Nursing – Clinical Nurse Specialist with a focus on Community Health/Population Health (MS) 1999; currently pursuing a PhD

Current role: Director of Nursing, Critical Care; Associate Director, Integrative Nursing, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Professionally, I am most proud of the collaboration and growth of the critical care areas across the medical center. The Medical Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Intensive Care Unit and 8 Progressive Care Unit have all been recognized with the Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. In addition, OSUWMC is affiliated with the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program. With a number of nurses trained in integrative therapies, we are able to offer patients, family members and staff different complementary modalities to ease symptoms and improve rest and relaxation. Lastly, I am involved in collaborative research using mind-body interventions to decrease stress and increase resilience in the critical care nursing staff. Results have been very good and we are continuing to implement this type of research in different areas in order to show that this also affects patient safety and quality of care.

Interesting fact: I am a registered yoga teacher, have been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques and am an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist. Eastern practices such as yoga and meditation have helped me deal with stress over the years and I enjoy teaching these modalities to patients and staff.




December: Healthy Holidays!

Make sure your holidays are healthy ones by engaging in five simple behaviors. Read more.

Want more wellness? Read Don't Just Sit There – no-nonsense health advice from our dean and university chief wellness officer, Bern Melnyk. An Ohio State Alumni magazine web exclusive.





Buckeyes Who Brunch: Sarasota

Join fellow Buckeyes for a brunch with special group pricing plus private space with guaranteed seating. Click here for details.


Alumni Society Hockey Night

Featuring a tailgate catered by Schmidt's from 5 ‐ 6:30 p.m. at Longaberger Alumni House followed by OSU vs. Wisconsin at the Schott at 7 p.m. More details to come in mid-January!


HireOhio Career Fair

Meet with recruiters from leading employers and network with area alumni at this alumni-only career fair, hosted by Ohio State. To register or learn more, click here.


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