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 or 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 Send any questions to Tim Raderstorf, chief innovation officer, at

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

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

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, 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.


January 01, 2016

Connie Hahn Sharpe, ’69, is no stranger to innovation. After all, she and her husband, Gary, built a healthcare product empire by thinking outside the box. Their company, Health Care Logistics, Inc., is an established international leader in unique and hard-to-find products because they go where other manufacturers won’t—or can’t.

“Innovation is not just about the product; it’s a way of thinking,” Connie says.

It is a way of thinking the Sharpes employ when developing creative solutions for their customers and one they hope to cultivate at the College of Nursing through a significant gift to support interprofessional innovation in healthcare. Along with annual research grants, their gift establishes a mobile innovation unit that teams of faculty, staff, and students from across campus can use to create new devices, therapies or workflows that improve patient care.

“Our college cultivates a culture of dreaming and innovation with faculty, staff and students as we believe it is necessary for continuous improvement, scientific advancement and high quality care that improves outcomes for all people. Through interprofessional collaboration, we will solve some of the most pressing healthcare problems with innovative solutions to transform healthcare and transform lives,” shares Dean Bernadette Melnyk. “We are so grateful to Connie and Gary for sharing our vision, and we look forward to celebrating the outcomes made possible through their generosity.”

Led by the college’s chief innovation officer, Tim Raderstorf, RN, and the chief of strategic partnerships, Laurel Van Dromme, the new program will serve to guide and support teams from ideation to commercialization because the Sharpes know that when it comes to new innovations, the best way isn’t always the easiest way.

“Nurses have always been innovators,” Connie points out. “We want to help them take their ideas to the next level.”

Providing students with tools and strategies to think differently about problems that arise in a healthcare setting not only empowers them to deliver the highest caliber of care to their patients, but also allows them to contribute to the industry in new and creative ways. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Sharpes, Buckeye Nurses will continue to dream, discover and deliver the impossible.

November 09, 2015

Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) program has positive effects that last at least a year after completion


Schools can significantly improve the long-term physical and mental health of teens by implementing cognitive behavioral skills-building into already existing high-school health curriculums, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) and published in the December issues of the Journal of School Health.


The article reports that 12 months after completing the COPE Healthy Lifestyles Thinking, Emotions, Exercise, Nutrition (TEEN) Program, students had markedly lower body mass index than students who received a more standard health curriculum. Additionally, COPE teens who began the program with extremely elevated depression had symptoms in the normal range after 12 months.


COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN teaches adolescents that how they think is directly related to how they feel and behave. It also teaches them how to turn negative beliefs triggered by “activating events” into positive beliefs so that they feel better emotionally and engage in healthy behaviors. The program is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with an emphasis on skills-building.


The lead author of the article is COPE creator Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. Melnyk is also a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.


“CBT is the gold-standard treatment for depression and anxiety, but it has traditionally been used in one-on-one, hour-long therapy sessions,” said Melnyk, who began developing the program more than 20 years ago as a pediatric and psychiatric nurse practitioner. “With COPE, I’ve created a tool that can be used by any health professional or educator so they can teach cognitive behavior skills to adolescents. This is huge for schools or community centers. We can really make positive impacts on teens’ lives by teaching these skills to them.”


This study was aimed at evaluating the long-term efficacy of COPE. A total of 779 high-school students aged 14 to 16 in the southwestern United States participated in the study. Half attended a control class that covered standard health topics such as road safety, dental care and immunizations. The others were enrolled in the COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN program.


Health teachers were provided a full-day workshop on COPE and how to teach the program. The classroom curriculum blends cognitive-behavioral skills sessions with nutrition lessons and 20 minutes of physical activity, such as dancing, walking or kick-boxing movements.


The 12-month follow-up evaluation after the COPE program showed a significant decrease in the proportion of overweight and obese teens. Only 4.8 percent of COPE teens moved into the overweight category compared to 10 percent of the control group, Healthy Teens, who moved to either overweight or obese. None of the COPE teens moved to the obese category.  Further, COPE teens who were on public assistance had a significant decline in body mass percentile following the intervention than teens on public assistance who were on public assistance.


A particularly important finding, Melnyk said, was that COPE students who began the study with severely elevated depressive symptoms had significantly lower depressive scores that fell into the normal range than the Healthy Teens students at 12 months post-intervention.


“Because the majority of adolescents with depression do not receive treatment, and even fewer receive CBT, it is vital that we provide them the tools and ability to engage in positive thinking and employ effective coping,” she said. “The feedback from the teens during the open-ended evaluations included hundreds of comments specifically indicating that the COPE program helped them deal effectively with stress and anger as well as to feel better about themselves.”


This latest article reflects a continuation of positive results from COPE.


In 2013, Melnyk published an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, examining immediate and six-month outcomes of COPE. Those results showed increased physical activity, decreased BMI, higher grades, better scores in cooperation, assertion and academic competence – as rated by teachers – and lower alcohol use.


Melnyk said next steps should include implementation of COPE into health curricula across the country. Because a variety of professionals can learn the program, she hopes to see widespread use in schools, community centers and youth organizations to help teens lead healthier, happier lives and perform better academically.


The NIH/NINR supported this research.


The article notes that overweight/obesity and mental health disorders are significant public health problems that threaten health outcomes and academic performance of United States teens. Approximately 17 percent of U.S. youth is obese and 15 percent is overweight, according to research cited by Melnyk.


Additionally, 15 million U.S. youth have a mental-health problem that interferes with functioning at home or school, but fewer than 25 percent receive treatment, and even fewer receive CBT.

July 08, 2015

The College of Nursing has been named a Center of Excellence for Nursing by the United States Army, which is aiming to steer more cadets into the nursing profession as part of a national push to increase the number of nurses in the military.


The designation, which was given to one school per state, means that the College of Nursing is the preferred destination for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets in Ohio interested in nursing.


“Through this innovative partnership, the College of Nursing and ROTC are going to be able to work today to identify, recruit and train transformational nurse leaders,’’ said Wendy Bowles, PhD, RN, CPNP, assistant professor of clinical nursing and assistant dean for baccalaureate programs. “We’ll be counting on the excellent ROTC program to train the cadets in leadership skills, and ROTC will be counting on us for our continued excellent clinical and academic preparation.”


Typically, one to three recruits graduate every year from the College of Nursing with bachelor’s degrees. Every recruit admitted to the College of Nursing so far has maintained the GPA requirements, graduated and passed the nursing licensure exam, said Lt. Col. Jim Bunyak, director of the Army ROTC program at Ohio State.


“The College of Nursing is trying to get a well-rounded cohort, and ROTC cadets have all the leadership skills and competencies that the College of Nursing is looking for,’’ Bunyak said.


“We’ve got to have quality healthcare providers to take care of the military, the family of that soldier and veterans,” Bunyak said.


All recruits admitted to Ohio State are given academic advising, offered tutoring and required study sessions every week until graduation.


“We have a support structure and a vested interest in each and every one of our cadets to help them succeed,’’ Bunyak said.


Outside of the nursing program at Ohio State, ROTC students at the university also do well academically and as leaders at the university.


A recent ROTC standout is 2nd lt. Olivia Wood, who was admitted to the College of Nursing in 2012. Coming from a high school in a small, rural town just east of Youngstown, she found the College of Nursing to be challenging, but the support she received from ROTC helped her excel.


Wood graduated in 2015 from the College of Nursing and was the first in her family to get a college degree. Now a surgical nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, she loves her position and aspires to eventually work in the emergency department.


“I can never be more grateful for the opportunities that I had at Ohio State,’’ said Wood.