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Message from the Dean

Bernadette MelnykYou are probably thinking a new year is a great time for new health habits, and you're right. If your list of New Year's resolutions to be healthier in 2017 looks exhausting, though, let me encourage you to throw it away. Instead, try making just one resolution to get a little better at one healthy lifestyle behavior change.


Studies show that only 8 percent of those who make resolutions actually succeed at them, and one common cause of failure is trying to change too much all at once. Even one resolution can add up to several changes in your daily routine: a resolution to exercise more might involve getting up earlier, shopping for exercise gear, giving up time spent watching TV, even making time to wash an extra load of gym clothes! Throw in a few more resolutions, and you're likely to be overwhelmed. So slow down, relax, and focus on one goal you know you can achieve. Remember, even small steps can be transformational when it comes to your health.


Experts agree it's best to be specific about your goal ("exercise more" is vague; "go for a half-hour walk before work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday" is much better), and to put your plan into writing where you can see it daily. You may want to enlist a friend or family member as a "coach" to keep you accountable. You can check in with them by email or text with your progress, and they can send you encouragement until your new behavior becomes routine.


We tend to focus on a failure or mistake and forget our strengths. If you don't succeed with your resolution for a day or a week, don't give up! Just start again right where you left off. If your confidence needs a boost, write down a list of things you've accomplished, even small things like taking care of the maintenance of your car. When you see how much you've achieved, you'll realize how much willpower you actually have. You are capable of great things, and this small change is within your power.


I wish you success with your goal and hope you will have a happy, healthy New Year with many blessings.


Be well!

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


Featured Stories


College of Nursing stays Buckeye Strong after events on November 28th

After the violent attack on Ohio State's campus on November 28, Dean Melnyk praised College of Nursing students, faculty and staff for their courageous behavior during the campus-wide "shelter in place" alert. "You were strong and terrific—providing calm and support to our students," Melnyk said in a special message to the faculty and staff of Newton Hall, and assured students, "Together, we will weather this storm with our supportive and caring college family and be stronger as a result."

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Melnyk appointed to National Academy of Medicine Action Committee

Victor J. Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine, has appointed College of Nursing Dean and Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk to its Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience. The collaborative, formed in response to the high rates of suicide, depression, burnout and poor work-life balance experienced by U.S. health care workers, seeks to promote resilience and well-being among physicians, nurses, and other clinicians.

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College of Nursing awarded for diversity efforts

The College of Nursing was chosen by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine to receive the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award recognizes commitment to diversity and inclusion at colleges and universities. "Diversity is a must for all of higher education. It's especially important for all of the health sciences,'' said Ken Sigler, EdD, assistant dean for Student Affairs, Culture and Diversity.

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National Challenge for evidence-based practice issued

The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing & Healthcare at the College of Nursing announces the first EBP National Challenge. Health care professionals engaged in EBP practices are urged to submit their project or program in one of three categories. The top entries selected will be awarded free registration to the inaugural Fuld Institute Summit, to be held October 18-20, 2017, in Columbus Ohio, and all entries will be considered for oral and poster presentations.

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Lt. Col. James Bunyak pins the nursing corps insignia on Cadet Olivia Wood

College named Center of Excellence for Nursing by US Army

The United States Army named the College of Nursing a “Center for Excellence in Nursing.” This designation, which was given to one school per state, recognizes the college as the preferred destination for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets in Ohio interested in nursing. “ROTC will be counting on us for our continued excellent clinical and academic preparation,” said Wendy Bowles, PhD, RN, CPNP, assistant dean for baccalaureate programs.

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Save the Date for #BuckeyeLove Day of Giving!

Save the date for the first-ever Day of Giving—an inspiring, 36-hour event for alumni, students and friends to come together and support Ohio State. On Feb. 14 and 15, Buckeyes can give back and pay forward in support of their favorite cause, college or program. Together, we'll make history!

cover of Autumn 2016 Transformations magazine

New edition of Transformations magazine

The Autumn 2016 edition of Transformations is here! Issues were mailed on December 12. Did you get yours? If not, send an email with your updated address and a request for a copy of Transformations to, and a copy will be mailed to you! And don't forget to update your contact information on the alumni portal.


People to Watch

Cindy Anderson portrait

Anderson chosen for national advisory committee

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Innovation Cindy Anderson, PhD, CRNP, ANEF, FNAP, FAHA, FAAN, was selected to serve on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.


Lainie Bradshaw portrait

Bradshaw named Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

The College of Nursing welcomes Lainie Bradshaw, MBA, as the new Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. Bradshaw comes from OhioHealth with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing, communications and public relations for hospitals and healthcare systems. Many thanks to Interim Director of Marketing and Communications Melissa L. Weber for all of her help during our search for a new director!


Shannon Gillespie portrait

Gillespie honored for research

Post Doctoral Researcher Shannon Gillespie, PhD, RN, received the Sigma Theta Tau International Graduate Student Award this year, as well as the Midwest Nursing Research Society Women's Health & Transitions in Childbearing Graduate Research Award. She was selected to represent the Midwest Nursing Research Society at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science conference. Gillespie's program of research employs a precision health approach to identify women at risk for complications in pregnancy, isolate the biological aberrations driving risk, and provide targeted preventive intervention.


Lucia Jenkusky portrait

Jenkusky honored by ACNM

Lucia Jenkusky, CNM, MS, RN C-EFM, was given the Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Jenkusky teaches in the Midwifery and Women's Health graduate program and is the Director of Midwifery Sevices and practicing Certified Nurse-Midwife at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Teen and Pregnant Program.


Jen Kue portrait

Kue receives award, appointed to APHA board

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jennifer Kue, PhD, for receiving a New Connections grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This grant will allow Kue to assess literature on interventions aimed at enhancing breast and cervical cancer screening completion among Southeast Asian American women. Jodi Ford, PhD, RN, and Karen Patricia Williams, PhD, are co-mentors on the project. Kue was also selected to be on the Board of Directors for the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, a caucus of the American Public Health Association. She will be serving on this national committee as secretary for a two-year term.

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Jackie Loversidge portrait

Loversidge elected to Board

Assistant Professor Jacqueline Loversidge, PhD, RNC-AWHC, CNS, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ohio League for Nursing for a three-year term, 2016-2019.


Sharon Tucker portrait

Tucker chosen as Grayce Sills Endowed Professor

We would like to welcome Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, PMHCNS-BS, who will be joining the College of Nursing in January as the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and Director of the Translational Research Core of the Helene Fuld Health Trust Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP). Tucker, a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, is currently Director of Nursing Research, EBP, and Quality for the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.



Alumni Spotlight

Jill Beavers-Kirby portrait

Jill Beavers-Kirby, DNP, MS, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC


Ohio State degrees: DNP (2011)


Current role: Coordinator of NP Programs and Associate Professor at Mount Carmel College of Nursing


Professionally, I am most proud of the health policy advocacy work I do on behalf of arthritis patients and oncology patients. I'm a founder, past president and co-president-elect of a statewide, nonprofit healthcare advocacy organization, the Council for Ohio Health Care Advocacy (COHCA). COHCA is committed to uniting health care professionals from multiple health disciplines to collaborate in a positive, collegial manner. I am also a Health Policy Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, where I meet with state and national legislators throughout the year to discuss health policy initiatives.


Interesting fact: I got my start in healthcare as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic when I was 18 years old.


Buckeye Wellness Tip


Reduce Your Risk!

Beat the odds: two thirds of adults are obese/overweight, greatly increasing their risk of Type 2 diabetes. University Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk urges you to reduce your risk by engaging in 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week, eating five fruits and vegetables a day, and reducing stress.



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College of Nursing Continuing Education


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Upcoming Events


Cleveland Ambassador Meet and Greet
The Nursing Alumni Society invites you to network with fellow nursing alumni, meet the Cleveland Regional Ambassadors, and learn more upcoming events and programs. Click here to learn more and RSVP.


Professional Development Week
Serve as a mock interviewer for current nursing students at Newton Hall. Questions and guidelines will be provided to all volunteers. Sign up today!


Financial Wellness Workshop Series: Salary and Negotiation
Whether it's your first job or you're a seasoned pro, there are keys to obtaining the job offer you seek and deserve. This workshop will present strategies and offer tips for achieving your salary goals. Can't attend due to a conflict or live out of state? The workshop will be available after the event as a webinar. Registration is free.


9th Annual Alumni Society Hockey Night
Featuring a tailgate at Longaberger Alumni House, followed by Ohio State men's hockey team taking on the University of Michigan! Formal invitation to follow in January.


Young Alumni Paint and Pour
Save the Date! Receive step-by-step instruction from local artists as you craft your own Ohio State-themed masterpiece with fellow nursing alumni. No experience is necessary. More details to come soon!


Family Fun Day
Save the Date! Join fellow graduates from the colleges of Nursing and Medicine and their families at Longaberger Alumni House for a fun-filled morning featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo! More details to come soon!