College of Nursing e-News

June 2016




Bernadette MelnykI want to take this opportunity to share some exciting news with all of you. Recently, Ohio State teamed up with the Women's Heart Alliance (WHA) to tackle the number one killer of women: heart disease.

This "silent killer" takes the life of one woman every 80 seconds and accounts for more female deaths each year than all cancers combined. To put this in perspective: Breast cancer kills one in 31 women; heart disease kills one in three. Young women are becoming particularly vulnerable, especially African Americans and Hispanics. And yet, women's heart disease is painfully under-researched and does not garner the major media attention it deserves. We must take action now to stop this epidemic, and this new partnership with WHA demonstrates Ohio State's commitment to that fight.

Although this new initiative focuses on educating and screening college-aged women, we ultimately want to spread the message of heart health to women across Buckeye Nation. Watch this video to learn more about this exciting endeavor and discover some simple ways you can start living a heart healthy life today. A motto I've been using recently is "heart healthy now, heart healthy later." After all, the choices we make today can prevent chronic disease later and will affect how we spend our years to come.

Here's wishing all of you health and happiness this summer!


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




New grads join alumni family

On May 7, the college officially welcomed 474 new graduates to its Buckeye family. Congratulations to all of our graduates! View photos from Convocation on Flickr.


COPE receives funding

Ohio State's Women & Philanthropy has awarded a $48,000 grant to Dean Melnyk and the COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program. The grant will help expand the reach of the program to an additional 1,500 students in the Columbus City School District to improve their healthy lifestyle behaviors, physical and mental health, and academic performance.

Suicide prevention

Nearly 50 college faculty and staff recently participated in the university's REACH Suicide Prevention Program. REACH empowers Buckeyes to: Recognize warning signs; Engage with empathy; Ask directly about suicide; Communicate hope; and Help suicidal individuals access care and treatment. The college is proud to contribute to the university's goal of training 5,000 faculty, staff and students by October 2017.

Evidence-based healthcare

Are you receiving the best, most current care when you go to the hospital? Evidence says: maybe not. Dean Melnyk discusses her research in a recent issue of The Conversation and explains how patients can ASK4EBP. Read more.


Health survey for nurses

As part of the national Million Hearts® initiative, we're asking nurses to complete a brief, anonymous survey regarding their current health and healthy lifestyle behaviors. The results will help surveyors identify ways to improve the cardiovascular health and wellness of nurses. Those who complete the survey will gain free access to an online Million Hearts module focused on living a healthy lifestyle. The survey will remain open through the month of July. Take the survey.




Pickler appointed to NINR Advisory Council

The National Institute of Nursing Research has appointed Rita H. Pickler to its National Advisory Council. Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and director of the PhD and MS in Nursing Science Programs. Read more.


New AAN fellows selected

Congratulations to Michele Balas, Mei-Wei Chang and Tim Landers, who have been competitively selected as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. AAN fellowship is an esteemed national honor that recognizes nurses who have made a major impact in the field.


APNA Nurse of the Year

Barbara Jones Warren has been selected by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as its 2016 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year. Warren is a professor of clinical nursing and director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan Specialty. Read more.


Bowles is new assistant dean

Wendy Bowles has been named the new assistant dean for baccalaureate programs, including the traditional BSN, RN-BSN and the Bachelor's in Health and Wellness Innovation program. Previously, Bowles served as director of the RN-BSN program.


Daley to retire

Linda Daley will retire from the college in August after three decades of service. Daley served as assistant dean for prelicensure programs for nearly 10 years and is a professor of clinical nursing. She also led the Community Health Worker Program and helped develop the Institute for Teaching and Learning. Daley is a fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education.


College welcomes new faculty

Penny Marzalik joined the college in May as assistant professor of clinical nursing and director of the nurse midwifery/women's health nurse practitioner specialty. Previously Marzalik served as director of the DNP program for Mount Carmel Health System.


Fette nominated for award

Director of Student Affairs Nicole Fette was nominated for an Outstanding Advising Administrator Award in April. Sponsored by the Academic Advising Association of Ohio State and the Office of Academic Affairs, the award recognizes exemplary academic advising.




Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE

OSU degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 1979

Current role: President and CEO of Lake Health

Professionally, I am most proud of the opening of TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township, Ohio. TriPoint Medical Center was the first new full-service, acute care hospital to be built in Northeast Ohio in 28 years. It was built on the belief that everything should revolve around patients and their families and was one of the first hospitals to integrate principles of evidence-based design—a concept that links the quality of the hospital environment to patient outcomes.

Interesting fact: I enjoy week-long bicycling trips. My favorite trip was on the San Juan islands.




Summer 2016

Regional Alumni Events

We're headed to your town! This summer, Dean Bern Melnyk and our alumni staff will visit Akron (6/29) and Dayton (8/9) in hopes of strengthening alumni ties to the college and provide updates on new programs and initiatives. Visit the Alumni Events section of our website for details.


10th Annual Wine Tasting

Save the date for this annual event which benefits the College of Nursing Scholarship Fund. Join us at 6 p.m. at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. Visit for updates.

9/30/16 - 10/2/16

Homecoming Weekend

Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2016 and reconnect with your fellow Buckeyes! This year we will honor all BSN, MS and PhD graduates from years ending in "1" or "6." Not a milestone year? Come anyway! Registration opens on July 11.

View more upcoming events here.


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