Rita Pickler

Rita Pickler
First Name
Last Name
FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health
Director, PhD and MS in Nursing Science Programs
324 Newton Hall
Address (Line 2)
1585 Neil Avenue
Zip Code

Dr. Rita Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of the PhD and Masters in Nursing Science Programs at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. Dr. Pickler, whose research on the care of the preterm infant spans over 35 years, is a well-funded, nationally/internationally known researcher whose work has improved quality of life for an extremely defenseless population.  She has served as principal investigator, co-investigator, or significant contributor on 18 externally funded grants and 20 significant internally funded grants. Her research has improved care provided to preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), particularly feeding care. Building on her research, she is now advancing knowledge and care provision to improve short and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants who are born preterm.

Editorial Experience

Research Department Editor, Journal of Pediatric Health Care

Editor, Journal of Advanced Nursing

Funded Research Grants
Professional Society Memberships


May 19, 2021

by Pat Ford-Roegner

Lurking right behind the COVID-19 pandemic is another major killer: the seemingly unstoppable incidences of violence by Americans on one another. Most recently, we witnessed senseless shootings in areas including Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kenosha, WI and Orange County, CA. Major cities are experiencing a steep rise in gun violence. My hometown of Philadelphia reels daily from violence. Innocent children are frequent victims.

The events themselves are horrific, but only part of the story.

May 07, 2021

OHIO-Nurses are up against major obstacles every day: workplace violence; burnout; unsafe staffing; COVID-19; and other traumatic events. Many of these have a lasting impact that go beyond the bedside, leading to moral injury within the profession. Moral injury, often described as a consequence of continual acts that go against one’s morality, is a phenomenon sweeping the profession, which is why the Ohio Nurses Foundation announced today the winners of a $100,000 award to support important research on moral injury in nursing.