May 14, 2020

The Office of Academic Affairs at The Ohio State University awarded Christa Newtz, MSN, RN, instructor of clinical practice, the 2020 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer. This award annually recognizes six of Ohio State’s 3,000 instructors from across the university for their teaching excellence.

Newtz, who has taught at the College of Nursing for five years, teaches courses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Older Adult Nursing.

“It’s an absolute honor to receive an award for doing what I love at a university that I have loved for most of my life,” Newtz said.

Newtz emphasized that she focuses on building relationships and rapport with students in order to establish a safe learning environment.

“The rest falls into place after that,” Newtz said. “We have outstanding students and I strive to be better for them.”

“Christa is a phenomenal teacher who provides exemplary education and mentorship to our students,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “[She] supports them to achieve their highest level of health and well-being. She is so deserving of this distinguished award!”

April 16, 2020
Two College of Nursing faculty selected out of nearly 400 nominees

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Two faculty members from The Ohio State University College of Nursing were named by Columbus Business First to its 2020 “40 Under 40” list unveiled this week.

Timiya Nolan, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC, assistant professor, and Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN, assistant professor of clinical practice and chief innovation officer, were chosen for the publication’s 28th annual list out of a record 391 nominations.


June 21, 2019
New award focuses on work to develop nursing curriculum in Norway

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awarded Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, from The Ohio State University College of Nursing the third Fulbright award of her career.

The 2019 Fulbright Specialist award will take Morrison-Beedy to Norway, where she will work through August and September on nursing curricular innovations that set the stage for developing a master’s-level nurse practitioner program at The Lovisenberg Diakonale University College in Oslo.

“Fulbright experiences are opportunities not only to learn about other countries and cultures, but also to engage with them about aspirations that we can help them fulfill,” Morrison-Beedy said. “I am very excited about working with partners and nursing leaders in Norway to advance the quality of healthcare and prepare future generations of nurses there for success.”

Morrison-Beedy, who serves as chief talent and global strategy officer and the Centennial Professor for the College of Nursing, has previously earned a Fulbright Administrator award to France and a Fulbright Scholar award to conduct research in Scotland.

The Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. For more information on Fulbright opportunities at Ohio State, please contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser or visit the Fulbright page of the Office of International Affairs.

May 30, 2019
Recognition earned for impactful cognitive-behavioral skills building program

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has honored Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN as an Academy Edge Runner designee for her successful cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention programs. This is the third Edge Runner honor for Melnyk.

Melnyk, who serves as vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, created her programs to improve both mental and physical health outcomes in children, adolescents and college students through early intervention strategies. Research shows that one in every four children, teenagers and college-aged youth suffers from a mental health disorder, yet fewer than a quarter of them receive any treatment. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in 10- to 34-year-olds.

“Although the numerous studies that I have conducted across more than two decades have shown that my cognitive-behavioral skills building programs are effective in treating depression and anxiety,” said Melnyk, “my dream is that these programs are heavily used in schools, community settings and universities across the U.S. and the globe as a preventive intervention strategy to curb the rapidly-escalating and high prevalence of mental health problems and suicide in children and youth.”

More than 12,000 children and youth of all backgrounds have benefitted in 44 states and five countries that have implemented Melnyk’s program. Outcomes include lower rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal intent, higher levels of healthy lifestyle behaviors and improvement in academic outcomes.

The AAN stated that the Academy Edge Runner honor recognizes “nurse innovators who have charted a new course and ushered in remarkable improvement to major healthcare challenges at every level … Melnyk’s program is transforming the way students think about their own mental health while learning lifelong strategies for healthy living.”

Melnyk’s cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention is the basis for the College of Nursing’s MINDSTRONG program, a seven-week, evidence-based intervention with a goal of reducing stress and improving resiliency and self-protective factors for overall well-being. MINDSTRONG is being rolled out to students at Ohio State and will soon be made available for faculty, staff and their families.

April 08, 2019
Award presented at national conference recognizes achievements in leadership, both in the classroom and in communities

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) honored Margaret Graham, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing, with its 2019 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award at NONPF’s annual conference in Atlanta on Saturday.

The award recognizes Graham’s contributions to the advancement of nurse practitioner education in areas including innovative curriculum development, teaching ability, educational policy development and the development of creative teaching techniques and strategies.

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, university chief wellness officer, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing, nominated Graham for this award. In her nomination, Melnyk highlighted Graham’s “unparalleled commitment to producing top-quality RNs and APRNs” and her legacy of creating innovative ways to provide primary care, especially to vulnerable and diverse populations.

“Dr. Graham’s impact on education and clinical practice is far reaching, influencing policy development, the education of generations of students, and advancement of nurse-led team-based practice,” Melnyk said. “She is a visionary leader who inspires and challenges our students, faculty and even our staff to think innovatively about how nursing can and should be at the forefront of healthcare reform in the United States.”

“I am so honored to receive this recognition, but our work is made possible by students and faculty who are passionate about transforming health and transforming lives,” Graham said. “My greatest reward is in seeing our team prepare the next generations of nursing leaders to provide care in evidence-based ways to patients in all walks of life.”

Among her other accomplishments, Graham has received funding for three separate HRSA grants since 2012. One of these grants created a nurse-led team-based clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital. Through her leadership, individuals with complex conditions receive primary care from a team of health professionals in one setting, providing an opportunity for coordinated care including nursing, pharmacy, mental health and nutrition. The team-based approach led by nurse practitioners has received high satisfaction ratings and provided economic benefits to the patients and to Ohio State through reductions in emergency room visits, which previously served as the primary health care source for the same patients.

April 04, 2019
Fellowship recognizes leadership in practice, scholarship and policy to support interprofessional care

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Academies of Practice (NAP) recently inducted Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, F-NAP, FAAN from The Ohio State University College of Nursing as a new Distinguished Fellow of NAP in Nursing during a gala banquet in Pentagon City, Virginia.

Fellowship in NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP's unique perspective – that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interprofessional dialogue and advocacy.

Tucker serves as the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the Ohio State College of Nursing and director of the Translational/Implementation Research Core at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Her election as a NAP Distinguished Fellow recognizes Tucker’s leadership as a nationally and internationally-known researcher focusing on behavioral strategies to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and reduce stress and risks among children and working mothers.

“The passion behind our purpose with our partners at NAP is to share our experiences and expertise to affect change that benefits every corner of our communities,” Tucker said. “I am honored to join this distinctive group of leaders who have committed their life’s work to advocating for a healthier world.”

Founded in 1981, NAP is an interprofessional, nonprofit organization, with membership representing 14 health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere. The 14 academies of practice within the NAP include: Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech‐Language Pathology and Veterinary Medicine.

New Fellows were inducted following a two‐day forum on “Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Advocacy for Population Health.” For more information on nominating potential Fellows to NAP, call the NAP office at 859‐514‐9184 or visit

March 29, 2019

Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, The Ohio State University College of Nursing associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs and educational innovation, was installed as the new president of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) at the 2019 MNRS 43rd Annual Research Conference, March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Anderson previously served a one-year term as president-elect.

“I am honored to serve as the president of MNRS.  As a new researcher, MNRS was integral to the launch of my research career, providing the opportunity network with esteemed scientist colleagues throughout the Midwest. The benefits of active engagement in MNRS have continued through the years, providing the opportunity to work together with our members to advance nursing science. I am grateful to have an opportunity to give back to MNRS as president and look forward to supporting the members and the mission.”

The mission of MNRS is to advance science, transform practice and enhance careers through a network of scholars. In her role as president of MNRS, Anderson will direct the association based on the overall mission of MNRS, update and approve strategic plans and develop and approve policies and procedures along with the rest of the Board of Directors.

MNRS focuses on developing scholars, driving science and leading innovation to improve the health of all people. The overarching goal of MNRS is to grow and retain membership, enhance products and services, allocate resources efficiently and enhance MNRS leadership opportunities and development.

Founded in 1975, MNRS provides a place for nurses to collaborate, come together to share ideas and grow the nursing field through innovative research.

March 06, 2019
National group aims to realign healthcare to meet the needs of all Americans

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The influential national group Women of Impact has selected Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, from The Ohio State University College of Nursing as part of its fourth cohort of members. Women of Impact is a group of high-profile female executives representing all sectors of the healthcare industry across the country who share the goal of realigning the healthcare system to meet the needs of all Americans.

Morrison-Beedy, who serves as chief talent and global strategy officer and the Centennial Professor for the College of Nursing, was selected after a competitive national process that included interviews to determine her commitment both to the process and to creating a measurable impact that makes a lasting difference.

“I am honored and privileged to join this esteemed group of influential trailblazers who are dedicated to the cause of improving healthcare across the United States,” Morrison-Beedy said. “Women of Impact allows nationally-recognized female healthcare leaders to focus on creating a lasting legacy by undertaking leadership initiatives with a purpose and for a purpose.”

“Membership is by invitation because it is not about being bigger, but creating a group that can both support each other and together affect real change in healthcare,” said Joanne Conroy, MD, Women of Impact founder and CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “Defining an individual desired legacy and committing to having an impact as an individual is the glue that holds the individual cohort and group together. It is what energizes us and refocuses us and is transformative even for the most experienced leaders.”

Women of Impact seeks to apply the concept of collective impact to advance those legacies in addressing complex problems in healthcare and critical concerns prominent in the national conversation.