August 09, 2018

College of Nursing clinical instructor Stephanie Justice, who works in the college's Technology Learning Complex (TLC), was recently profiled in a large feature in The Columbus Dispatch. The article focused on Justice's expertise in moulage, the art of applying mock injuries for training purposes. She uses combinations of household items to create realistic looking (and smelling) bodily liquids, broken bones and wounds from impalements, cuts and severe bruises. TLC staff members design mass-casualty simulations held in the lobby of Newton Hall. Senior nursing students are surprised during an acuity class and told to triage mock victims from a nearby bus accident (actual volunteer faculty and staff, as well as computerized patient simulators).

June 13, 2018

Bernadette MelnykPhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, College of Nursing dean, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer, has been selected to be a member of Women of Impact, a group of high-profile female executives representing all sectors of the healthcare industry across the United States who share the goal of realigning the healthcare system to meet the needs of all Americans. Melnyk will join the third cohort of members.

New members are nominated by someone in the group and selected because of their influence and commitment to making a lasting difference. Prior to acceptance, all participants are interviewed to determine their commitment to the process, as well as commitment to creating a measurable impact. “Membership is by invitation because it is not about being bigger, but creating a group that can both support each other and together effect real change in healthcare,” said Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Women of Impact founder.

“It is an honor and privilege to have been selected to join this esteemed group of highly influential women who are healthcare leaders across the country,” said Melnyk. “They are truly ‘movers and shakers’ who have had a profound positive impact on healthcare.”

Each member participates in a forum to define her individual desired legacy and commit to having an impact as an individual. “This legacy work is the glue that holds the individual cohort and group together. It is what energizes us and refocuses us when we convene annually in D.C. It is transformative even for the most experienced leaders. For experienced women in healthcare, this is a time to begin to do things with purpose and for a purpose,” Conroy said.  

Founded in 2013, the group 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.

May 24, 2018

Nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2018 State Award for Excellence, will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2018 National Conference June 26-July 1, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, of Columbus, Ohio, will be among the recipients honored. 

The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) who demonstrates excellence in practice. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs.

Gawlik graduated with her doctorate of nursing practice in 2015 from The Ohio State University, and she is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult and family nurse practitioner.

She has experience in family practice, urgent care and reproductive care with clinical interests in population health, preventative medicine, clinician health and well-being, health professionals’ education and cardiovascular disease prevention. Gawlik is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at The Ohio State University and has been teaching for eight years. Gawlik has taught advanced-practice nursing and leadership courses, and she serves as a clinical preceptor for advanced-practice nursing students. 

She has served as the project manager for the Million Hearts initiatives at The Ohio State University College of Nursing since 2013. Gawlik was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017 at the college. Gawlik will also be inducted as a Fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at the annual AANP conference. 

The AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 234,000 NPs practicing in the United States today, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their roles as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized healthcare. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other healthcare consumers.

For more information, visit aanp.org. To locate a nurse practitioner in your area, visit npfinder.com.

March 29, 2018

Local businesses partner with Ohio State College of Nursing to offer Free health screenings

Six beauty salons and barber shops in the Mt. Vernon area on the east side of Columbus are partnering with The Ohio State University College of Nursing to host free health screenings for adults on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. thanks to the Barbers and Beauticians Who Care program. No appointment is necessary for adults in the area to receive screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and stress.

This is the third year of the program that sends College of Nursing faculty and students, and nurses from Ohio State Hospitals East into the community to provide free health screenings and referrals when necessary. Over the past three years, Ask A Buckeye Nurse has served over 1,100 adults and provided referrals for 172 adults who live on the Near East Side.

The program is supported this year by Ohio State Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. Melnyk champions healthy lifestyles choices like eating five fruits and vegetables a day and participating in screenings to develop an awareness of risk factors. According to the American Heart Association, more than 40 percent of African-American men and women have high blood pressure. For African Americans, high blood pressure often develops earlier in life and is usually more severe. African Americans also have higher rates of diabetes.

Friday, April 6 

Mirror Images Salon, 2934 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43209

Detiffanise,1502 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Cut Above the Rest, 344 N. 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203  

 

Saturday, April 7

Wizards of Hair, 315 N. 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Evoleur Hair Studio, 705 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

Dominque Hair Braiding, 311 N. 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

 

January 09, 2018

U.S. News & World Report ranks nursing graduate programs in the top three for 2017 

The Ohio State University’s online degree programs have been named among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 rankings. 

The College of Nursing online graduate programs ranked third (up from fourth in 2016) and Ohio State’s online bachelor’s degree offerings are ranked eighth by the publication. Also ranked are the university’s graduate engineering programs, which ranked 18th.

Online courses offer flexibility for students – especially students who work – and are gaining popularity. Ohio State offers 15 online degree programs and is dedicated to building an eLearning portfolio that makes the university a national leader. 

The College of Nursing offers three online nursing degrees and two multidisciplinary programs. “We are proud to have our exceptional programs recognized by U.S. News, demonstrating that our world-class, caring faculty provide outstanding student education, support and evidence-based curricula online just as they do for our students on campus,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing and chief wellness officer for Ohio State. “At the College of Nursing, we mentor our students to dream big and have the confidence and skills to lead through personal wellness that transforms healthcare and improves patient outcomes through best practice.” 

Ohio State online programs are available in most states. Degrees available in the College of Nursing include RN to BSN and MS in nursingdoctor of nursing practice (DNP)master of healthcare innovation (MHI) and master of applied clinical and preclinical research (MACPR).   

July 20, 2017

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has selected three The Ohio State University College of Nursing faculty members, Michele Christina Balas, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, FCCM; Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP; and Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP, to be inducted in its 2017 class of Academy Fellows.

 

The inductees will be honored at a ceremony being held during the AAN's annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, Oct. 5-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

 

“I am proud to welcome this talented cohort of nurses as they join the ranks of the nation's foremost healthcare thought leaders," said AAN President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "They bring a rich variety of expertise to the table, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to transform health policy, practice and research by applying our collective nursing knowledge."

 

Balas, Gallagher-Ford and Overcash will be inducted as AAN Fellows along with 170 other highly distinguished nurse leaders. With the addition of this new class, the total number of AAN Fellows stands at over 2,500. Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 29 countries, the Fellows are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. AAN Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

 

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current AAN Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominees' nursing careers have influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

 

The 2017 class of AAN Fellows from Ohio include:

 

Michele Christina Balas, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, FCCM - The Ohio State University

Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP - The Ohio State University

Scott A. Hutton, PhD, MBA, RN - Department of Veterans Affairs

Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, FAANP - The Ohio State University

Melissa Ann Stec, DNP, APRN, CNM, FACNM - University of Cincinnati

June 20, 2017

Candy RinehartDNP, FNP, ADM-BC, FAANP, will be honored with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2017 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence at an award ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2017 National Conference June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence was founded in 1991 to recognize a nurse practitioner (NP) in each state who demonstrates excellence in practice.

 

Rinehart serves as the executive director of advanced practice and community partnerships at The Ohio State University and an NP and director of Ohio State Total Health & Wellness, a comprehensive primary care practice at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, University Hospital East.

 

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 222,000 NPs, including approximately 72,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized healthcare. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other healthcare consumers. For more information, visit aanp.org.

June 19, 2017

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FAAN, FNAP, of Columbus, Ohio, will be honored with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2017 Sharp Cutting Edge Award at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2017 National Conference June 20-25, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Melnyk is vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean and professor of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University.

 

The Sharp Cutting Edge Award was created in 1996 in honor of Nancy J. Sharp, MSN, RN, FAAN, a strong supporter of the nurse practitioner (NP) role and a leader in national nursing organizations. “Recipients of the Sharp Award have shown leadership through innovative services, technologies or advocacy activities that advanced NP practice and patient care on a national level,” the AANP recently stated. “Throughout her career as an NP, Dr. Melnyk has endeavored to assure NPs receive excellent education while representing NPs at the highest level of our nation’s healthcare policy arena.” Read more about the award here.

 

AANP is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 222,000 NPs, including approximately 72,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized healthcare. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other healthcare consumers. For more information, visit aanp.org.

June 09, 2016

College of Nursing faculty receives esteemed honor for commitment to psychiatric nursing

 

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is honored to announce that Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN, has been selected by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) as its 2016 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year.

 

The award recognizes an APNA member who demonstrates vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities.

 

Warren is a professor of clinical nursing at the College of Nursing and director of its Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing across the Lifespan specialty. Her research interests include the interrelated perspectives of mental health, wellness and illness in the context of systems and organizational structures. Her work focuses on these perspectives in the context of culture, inclusion and healthcare disparities in relation to individuals, communities and populations.

 

“We are so proud of Barb and her innovative work to improve the delivery of mental health services,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Ohio State’s associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Her valuable contributions to psychiatric nursing continue to have a lasting and profound impact in the field. Barb is so deserving of this esteemed honor.”

 

“I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me, both personally and professionally,” said Warren upon receiving the award. “These include my parents, grandparents and other family elders. Then there is Dr. Peplau, Dr. Sills and Dr. Clement who helped me grow and develop as a psychiatric nurse, academician and clinician.”

 

Warren was selected by the APNA for meeting the following award criteria:

  • demonstrates vision in providing creative solutions
  • exhibits and encourages risk taking
  • challenges traditional roles and perspectives of psychiatric mental health nursing
  • champions the facilitation of mental health services for individuals/families/communities
  • disseminates psychiatric mental health nursing knowledge (published paper or oral presentation)
  • recognizes as a leader committed to assisting other nurses in their development as psychiatric-mental health nurses

 

She also received the APNA Service Award in 2012 and Excellence in Leadership Award in 2005.

February 18, 2016

Grant is part of a national initiative to support 1,000 nurse scholars in all 50 states

 

The Ohio State University College of Nursing announced today that, with a new grant of $30,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, matched by $30,000 of its own monies, it will fund the scholarship of three doctoral nursing students in 2016. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, the college is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses, as a clinical-nurse shortage is anticipated just as an aging population requires care.

 

The College of Nursing’s Jonas Scholars join more than 1,000 future nurse educators and leaders at 140 universities across all 50 states supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.

 

“We are so pleased to receive this grant from the Jonas Center as it provides our doctoral students financial support as well as opportunities for networking and collaboration on a national level,” said College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “This grant further increases our ability to recruit and prepare outstanding doctoral students, who upon graduating, will have a tremendous impact on the education of future nurses and ultimately on the health of people around the globe.”

 

As the nation’s leading philanthropic funder of graduate-nursing education, the Jonas Center is addressing the critical need for qualified nursing faculty. U.S. nursing schools turned away nearly 70,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014 due in large part to an insufficient number of faculty. Further, nearly two-thirds of registered nurses over age 54 say they are considering retirement.

 

“In 2008, we set an ambitious goal to support 1,000 Jonas Nurse Scholars. This year, on our Center’s 10th anniversary, we celebrate this achievement and are amazed by the talent of this cohort of future nurse leaders,” said Donald Jonas, who co-founded the Center with his wife Barbara Jonas. “In the decade to come, we look forward to continuing to work with our partner nursing schools and to the great impact that the Jonas Scholars will have on improving healthcare around the world.”

 

Ohio State’s College of Nursing Jonas Scholars will begin their graduate careers in the fall and will be supported through 2018.

 

About The Ohio State University College of Nursing

 

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is the world’s preeminent college known for accomplishing what is considered impossible through its transformational leadership and innovation in nursing and health, evidence-based practice and unsurpassed wellness. As part of the largest health sciences campus in the U.S., the College of Nursing offers seven innovative academic programs. The college’s graduate nursing programs are among the top five percent in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, while its online graduate program is ranked 4th and its RN to BSN program is ranked 7th as part of Ohio State’s ranking for online bachelor’s degree programs. Annual college enrollment is approximately 1,950 students. The college celebrated its centennial in 2014.

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