April 01, 2019

The Ohio State University College of Nursing launched The Innovation Studio – Mirror Lake in Pomerene Hall on March 20.  

The Innovation Studio – Mirror Lake is the second innovation studio space on campus focused on fostering interprofessional collaboration in creating healthcare solutions. Similar to the movable maker space, this studio will offer a stable location for students, faculty and staff to share and develop their ideas for healthcare products, services or software. The Innovation Studio – Mirror Lake will also offer resources, mentors and robust prototyping tools to help develop ideas into a commercial reality.

The Innovation Studio – Mirror Lake will host workshops with topics such as product design, pitch development, interprofessional collaboration and maker skills, and provides project mentors and daily technical support.

The Innovation Studio – Mirror Lake has been made possible thanks to generous donations fromthe Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) and College of Nursing alumna Connie Hahn Sharpe and her husband Gary.

September 23, 2019 8:00 am - September 24, 2019 5:00 pm
September 23 - 24

Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43210

A Nurse Practitioner was inspired to start her own practice.
A nurse developed an online educational platform for the Keto diet.
A researcher is commercializing a new botanical for cancer patients.

They came with dreams and left with opportunities. You can too!

Learn from experts how to:

  • Apply innovation and entrepreneurial principles to traditional healthcare settings
  • Develop your own business plan
  • Start and manage a small business
  • Market your practice
  • Pitch your ideas
  • And so much more!

Register Today

Still not convinced? View this year's agenda:
Day 1: September 23, 2019

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:15 – 9:25 a.m.
Welcome and Where to Begin
Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN

9:25 – 10:15 a.m.
Dream the Dream and Capture the Vision for Entrepreneurship
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout session 1

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Wellness Break

11:15 – noon
Breakout Session 2

Noon – 1 p.m.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 3

  • Commercialization at Ohio State
    Kevin Taylor
  • Entrepreneurial Journey
    Aslyne Rodriguez

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Wellness Break

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Session 4

  • Extended Marketing Breakout
    Betsy Sewell
  • Extended Finance Breakout
    Book and Street Team

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Wellness Break

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Perfecting your Pitch and Pitch Off Exercise
Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Poster Speed Dating and Networking Reception

Day 2: September 24, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Breakout Session 5

  • Help! I have too many ideas!
    Audra Hanners, MSN, RN, APRN-CNP
  • Non-traditional pathways in Healthcare
    Miranda Gill, Dr. Karen Guiliano, Dr. Bonnie Clipper, Dr. Tom Schwieterman

10:05 – 11:35 a.m.
Extended Breakout Session

Building your Brand
Zoco Design Team

LLCs and Legalities
Jonathon Vinocur

11:35 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Breakout Session 6

  • Where are they Now?
    Dr. Zeenia Kaul, Anastasia Christopher, Mandy Minick
  • How to Start your own Practice
    Beth Bish

1:20 – 2:05 p.m.
How to Develop a Business Plan
Jill Raderstorf

2:05 – 2:20 p.m.
Wellness Break

2:20 – 3:20 p.m.
Developing a Business Plan in Small Groups
Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN

3:20 – 4:00 p.m.
Driving Execution
Jay Clouse

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Wrap-up and Evaluations

The Ohio State University College of Nursing invites you to showcase your work on improving the health and wellbeing of the world through healthcare innovation. We're looking for excited individuals to share their innovation by presenting a poster and/or product during our cocktail reception on Monday, September 23. 

Abstract submissions (300 word limit) must include: 

  • Background/significance of the problem 
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Results (or projections)

Abstracts must be submitted by July 1, 2019.

An expert panel will review all applications received by the deadline. You must register for the workshop to be eligible to present your innovation. 

Submit Abstract

February 11, 2019
Partnership using national Million Hearts® initiative strategies aims to help at-risk faculty and staff at Ohio State live healthier lives

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Partners from several of The Ohio State University’s health sciences colleges and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital cut a ceremonial ribbon today to officially open a first-in-the-nation clinic that features an innovative, evidence-based, interdisciplinary model aimed at decreasing risks for cardiovascular disease in at-risk faculty and staff at Ohio State.

The Million Hearts® Clinic at Ohio State uses evidence-based interventions and education espoused by the national Million Hearts® initiative, an effort co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the explicit goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2022. That includes preventive lifestyle modifications guided by focusing on what the Million Hearts® initiative calls the “ABCS” of care: aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. The Ohio State clinic has added a focus on stress reduction to that list because of the known adverse effects of chronic stress on the cardiovascular system. Research shows that focusing on these elements of cardiovascular disease prevention can reduced risk by as much as 80 percent and save more than 100,000 lives every year.

“We are thrilled to pioneer this innovative interprofessional approach to preventive wellness care that we hope can serve as a model nationwide,” said Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “The Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Education and Human Ecology along with the Ross Heart Hospital are coming together to dream, discover, and deliver a brighter and healthier future to improve heart health in our Buckeye family.”

“Since its launch, the Million Hearts® initiative has aimed to galvanize and mobilize partners in pursuit of the audacious yet attainable goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes,” said Janet S. Wright MD, FACC, executive director of the Million Hearts® initiative. “We know that when communities and their health care systems work together, millions of Americans across the country can live longer, healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Finding those at risk and connecting them to care and community resources can take down the nation’s number one killer.

“This is what makes the efforts of the partners at The Ohio State University so exciting,” Wright continued. “By putting into practice many of the priorities, tools and practices advanced by the Million Hearts® initiative, Ohio State is demonstrating true leadership in cardiovascular disease prevention and a very real commitment to improving health of the university community.”

For the pilot, this clinic seeks to engage faculty and staff from Ohio State between the ages of 21-75. Participants can be either employees or spouses of employees and must have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Overweight/obesity
  • Pre-hypertension or hypertension
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • A first-degree relative who had an early heart attack or stroke (under the age of 55)

Participants will first take a brief pre-survey about their health, health behaviors and health beliefs. Advanced practice nursing students, who will be overseen by nursing faculty, will then conduct a cardiovascular assessment. Patients will get individualized counseling on ways to reduce their cardiovascular risk according to the Million Hearts® initiative’s goals. Participants will self-identify key areas in their life that they want to improve and will receive prescriptions for lifestyle modifications such as exercise, diet, smoking cessation and stress reduction. The participants will then be referred to the other health sciences colleges for individualized coaching in these areas. Follow-up screenings at three- and six-month intervals will allow for comparison of the interventions over time.

“This clinic furthers our focus on proactive well-care rather than reactive sick care,” said Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, assistant professor of clinical nursing and project manager of the Million Hearts® initiative at Ohio State’s College of Nursing. “We are very excited about its potential and about the partnerships, professionals and students involved who will truly help our faculty and staff live healthier lives.”

The Million Hearts® Clinic at Ohio State will be offered in two locations (the College of Nursing’s Newton Hall and the Physical Activity and Education Services building) on the Columbus campus. The clinic will be offered 1-2 times per month throughout the 2019-2021 academic years.

In 2013, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk founded The National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts®, which now consists of more than 170 universities and organizations who are working together to improve cardiovascular health and well-being under the Million Hearts® initiative philosophy. An educational module built by the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy has led to the cardiovascular screening and education of more than 70,000 people nationwide.

“The Million Hearts® word and logo marks, and the Be One in a Million Hearts® slogan and logo marks and associated trade dress are owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Use of these marks does not imply endorsement by HHS. Use of the marks also does not necessarily imply that the materials have been reviewed or approved by HHS.”

By the Numbers:
  • Nearly half of all American adults – an estimated 121 million adults – have some form of cardiovascular disease (American Heart Association)
  • Goal of Million Hearts® initiative: prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2022

Phil Saken, The Ohio State University

December 05, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio received the 2018 BizTech Award for Outstanding Service from Columbus Business First, the business news and information authority in Central Ohio.

Columbus Business First began the annual BizTech Awards four years ago in order to recognize promising startups, entrepreneurs and innovations in the city. The Innovation Studio was among 21 other businesses and individual entrepreneurs to win an award in one of the nine different categories.

“The Innovation Studio is about people. People are our most valuable technology at Ohio State, and the Innovation Studio affords a new avenue for our students, faculty and staff to converge in solving the big problems that impact our community,” said Tim Raderstorf, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing. “Receiving the BizTech Outstanding Service Award provides the Innovation Studio with a broad platform to connect and collaborate with the community and showcase the value that every technology begins and ends with people.”

An award ceremony to celebrate the winner’s accomplishments was held on Tuesday, December 4 at Vue Columbus in the Brewery District.

Watch our short video to learn more about the Innovation Studio.

September 13, 2018

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has announced that it will award two of the eight 2018 Hillman Emergent Innovation grants to projects led by researchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing. These grants support nursing-driven innovation for vulnerable populations.

Both projects innovate with collaboration between the College of Nursing and other Ohio State colleges. The projects are:

  • Turning Sick Care into Well Care for Homebound Older Adults and Their Pets
    Pets are highly valued companions and can be especially helpful in improving health outcomes in homebound elderly populations who may otherwise be isolated. POP (Pet Owner and Pet) Care creates an inter-professional team consisting of a nurse practitioner, a veterinarian and a social worker to address the healthcare needs of homebound older adults and their pets. The expectation is that the improved health of the person-pet dyad will correlate with better health and well-being outcomes for the pet owner.

Principal Investigator: Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Co-Is: Laurie Millward, DVM, MS, DACVP, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Holly Dabelko-Schoeny, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Social Work.

  • Peer Mentoring Middle School Youth in Appalachia to Improve Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Outcomes
    Young people in rural Appalachia suffer from worse health outcomes and practice fewer positive health behaviors than their counterparts elsewhere in the U.S. Leveraging the power of peer group dynamics and social networking, this nurse-designed initiative trains tenth-grade mentors to help guide middle school students towards lifelong healthy behaviors and improved health outcomes.

Principal Investigator: Laureen Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Co-Is: Rick Petosa, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology and Abigail Shoben, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Public Health.

These projects were selected from an initial pool of over 140 applicants for the highly competitive grants. Read more about the program and projects selected:


June 27, 2018

On Sept. 13 and 14, 2018, the College of Nursing’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships will be hosting the fourth annual Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop. The event will take place at The Longaberger Alumni House at The Ohio State University, located at 2220 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio. All are welcome, and this event may be of special interest to Ohio State faculty and staff, College of Nursing alumni, the Wexner Medical Center staff, healthcare and business professionals and research and innovation peers. 

This two-day workshop will provide an overview of important business fundamentals and tips on how to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship principles into practice. Attendees will learn from experts on how to develop a business plan, start and manage a small business, pitch ideas, understand legal considerations for business ventures and more. There will also be a number of renowned speakers at the event, including College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. 

Registration for the event is now open. Fees paid in person before Sept. 1 are $325 and increase to $375 after Sept. 1. The price for past participants and Ohio State students is $125. Those with an osu.edu or osumc.edu email, or those who refer a colleague who registers at the full rate, will receive a $25 discount. The registration cost includes breakfast and lunch both days, parking fees, shuttle access from many local hotels and a happy-hour reception on the first day.

The deadline to register is Sept. 7, 2018. To learn more and register for the event, go to www.go.osu.edu/startup. Send any questions to Tim Raderstorf, chief innovation officer, at raderstorf.3@osu.edu.

March 09, 2018

Plan to join the Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships from The Ohio State University College of Nursing for the Interprofessional Innovation Symposium on April 24 from 4–6 p.m. in The Blackwell Ballroom.

This event will feature an engaging conversation focused on innovation in healthcare. Matt Scantland, co-founder and CEO of CoverMyMeds, and his colleagues Pamela Rowan, director of prior authorization content, and Reena Brown, engineering manager, will discuss how interprofessional innovation served as a foundation for one of the most successful healthcare information technology companies in central Ohio history. The CoverMyMeds recruitment team will also be available to discuss employment opportunities with the company.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Our networking reception will include complimentary drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will also be an opportunity to interact with teams from our Innovation Studio, who will be showcasing their projects.

Don’t miss this night of innovation, inspiration and networking. You must RSVP by April 17. 


This event is sponsored by the Ohio State Colleges of NursingPharmacyPublic Health, MedicineEngineeringFisher College of Business and the Technology Commercialization Office.

December 14, 2017

The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station United States National Laboratory, will partner with the Innovation Studio to issue an innovation challenge on Jan. 8, 2018. This unique challenge, issued only to The Ohio State University, asks students, faculty and staff to pitch ideas to develop a product, service or solution with social impact that utilizes the International Space Station. Astronaut Greg Johnson, president and executive director of CASIS, will be in attendance to officially propose CASIS’s challenge at a reception on Jan. 8 at noon in the Dreese Laboratories building. (RSVP for the reception here.) The Innovation Studio will be in residence (Jan. 8–Feb. 21) at the College of Engineering in the Dreese Laboratories building.


Submissions to the challenge need to be turned in by Feb. 14 to pitch on Feb. 21. “The Innovation Studio reviews submissions from across the innovation spectrum. From back-of-napkin concepts to working prototypes, we engage with interprofessional teams to help them turn their ideas into actions,” says Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing, which created the Innovation Studio. Top teams may be eligible to send their innovations to the International Space Station for testing.


CASIS plans to present a webinar to discuss how research on the International Space Station can be used to search for new answers and solutions to problems facing our planet. Space research provides unique conditions not found on Earth including a microgravity environment, extreme conditions and a unique vantage point. Teams of two or more Ohio State students, faculty or staff from different disciplines may also be eligible for seed funding to further incubate their innovation.


The Innovation Studio is a moveable maker space that travels from college to college across campus, created by the College of Nursing to foster interprofessional collaboration and healthcare innovation. It houses an array of tools and provides project mentors, daily technical support and workshops on product development. For more information about the Innovation Studio and the CASIS challenge, see the Innovation Studio’s webpage, or contact Tim Raderstorf at Raderstorf.3@osu.edu.

July 01, 2016

Registration is now open for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop for Health Professionals being held at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus, Sept. 22 and 23. This is the second workshop for entrepreneurs hosted by the Ohio State College of Nursing’s Academy for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (AcCELL).


The two-day workshop provides an overview of important business fundamentals for anyone with an interest in starting a business, be it clinically-based or otherwise. Sessions include developing a business plan, pitching your ideas, raising capital and creating a marketing strategy, as well as practical methods for guarding patient data and complying with HIPPA regulations.


“This is a dynamic time in the delivery of healthcare, and innovative leaders will guide changes to benefit patients and other healthcare providers,” said Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN, chief innovation officer at the College of Nursing. “We want to provide educational experiences that give nurses and other healthcare providers the confidence and tools to decide if starting their own business is the right choice for them.”


Raderstorf reports that at least four innovative companies have been directly influenced by leaders who participated in the inaugural Innovation Workshop held in 2015. Jen O’Brien, CNP, opened a unique internal medicine practice that provides personalized care in a spa-like setting.


“The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop was a fantastic learning and preparation opportunity for me,” said O’Brien. “The workshop enabled me to solidify my vision and work out the mechanics of my start-up.”


Two nursing students have developed a line of comfortable clothing and accessories for nurses called NursSwag, and provide a 10 percent give-back to charity. Two other participants now offer different types of business coaching. Amelia Roberts, BSN, RN, is now a successful social media coach, assisting small businesses with brand awareness.


Joyce Dillon, RN, MN, BCC, is a consultant and facilitator, who works with practitioners and entrepreneurs in the health and wellness industry to help them gain clarity for their business ventures.


“I think attending the entrepreneurial workshop helped me to refocus and rebrand my business and identify the niche of health and wellness,” said Dillon. “It jump-started my research in developing a holistic, sustainable model … and was very helpful in launching my business.”  


Registration information is available at accell.osu.edu/entrepreneur-innovation-workshop.

May 19, 2016

Today, The Ohio State University and the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) launched a new partnership to address women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women, by screening and educating college-aged women about the risks of heart disease and key steps for preventing the disease.


Ohio State will support WHA's efforts to collect and analyze survey data to learn more about young women and heart disease. Known as a “silent killer,” cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates and the prevalence of CVD risk factors are increasing the fastest among young women, especially African-American and Latina women. And death rates from heart disease have been virtually stagnant in young women over the last two decades.


Partnership activities this fall will include:

  • Million Hearts® #getHeartChecked screening for college-aged women and men to help educate them about the risks facing their mothers, sisters, wives and girlfriends
  • panel discussion on women’s heart health with Ohio State and WHA leaders
  • Buckeye football game dedicated to heart health in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 29th
  • campus-wide, group physical activity to call attention to the importance of a maintaining a healthy heart
  • HackOHI/O 2016 codeathon to give students an opportunity to develop a mobile health app designed to provide women with information and tools to manage their personal risk for heart disease


“For too long, we’ve been conditioned to see heart disease as an old man’s problem," Barba Streisand, co-founder of WHA. "But a woman dies nearly every 80 seconds from heart disease, and women who have heart attacks are more likely than men to die within a year. We need to come together to fight for gender equity in women’s heart health and to make preventing heart disease a young woman’s priority."


“In the United States, heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined,” said Ronald O. Perelman, co-founder of WHA and chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Inc. “Yet, 45 percent of women are unaware that it’s their No. 1 threat. We need awareness, education and advocacy to tackle this epidemic. We cannot leave women’s health to chance.”


“Ohio State is pleased to partner with the Women’s Heart Alliance in the fight against cardiovascular disease,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “From our bench-to-bedside expertise in cardiac research and care to our participation in the Million Hearts® Initiative, we are committed to educating more individuals — including college-aged students— about the risks and symptoms of heart disease.”


Congresswoman Joyce Beatty declared her support for the partnership because of her own personal experience with heart disease: “I want to help educate young women in my district, across Ohio and beyond about the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, so they develop heart-healthy behaviors long before the symptoms of heart disease ever develop. It is imperative to start early; no one is immune [to] heart attack or stroke, I know firsthand—I suffered a stroke when I was just 50 years old. I am proud to support The Ohio State University, the flagship university of Ohio, in this effort to spread the word to all women.”


"Heart disease is deadly, but it's also largely preventable," said British Robinson, CEO of WHA. “Through screening and educating women earlier in life about risk factors for heart disease, we can help reduce heart disease in women, or prevent it altogether.”


WHA and Ohio State are both members of the Million Hearts® initiative, a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Million Hearts® initiative invited Ohio State to be its first university partner to help achieve the goal of preventing one million strokes and heart attacks by 2017.


About the Women's Heart Alliance


The Women's Heart Alliance was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease. It’s a unique collaboration between two of America’s leading medical institutions—the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center—and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman. Learn more at www.fighttheladykiller.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, @FightLadyKiller, and Instagram, @fighttheladykiller.


About The Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 65,000 students (including 59,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 15 colleges, 80 centers and nearly 200 majors and specialties, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, sciences and professions.