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. The research will be conducted by a team of researchers spanning multiple universities.

“After months of preparation, the Ohio Nurses Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the $100,000 Moral Injury Research Award. This exemplary team of researchers includes Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Case Western Reserve University, Minjin Kim, Ph.D., RN, University of Cincinnati, Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC, FNAP, FAAN, The Ohio State University, Dónal O’Mathúna, B.Sc.(Pharm), MA, PhD, The Ohio State University, Jin Jun, PhD, RN, The Ohio State University, and Grant A. Pignatiello, PhD, RN, Case Western Reserve University. When selecting the research group, it was important to the Foundation for the research team to be from Ohio and focused on how registered nurses in all practice settings across the state are experiencing moral injury, especially after Covid-19,” said Dr. Susan Stocker, chair of the Ohio Nurses Foundation.

The research team, who call themselves “Ohio’s Moral Injury Team,” are composed primarily of registered nurse investigators prepared at the doctoral level. The research will focus on how registered nurses in all practice settings across the state of Ohio are experiencing moral injury in the workplace.

“Nursing is a hazardous occupation. Nurses’ health and well-being have been negatively affected by the work environment and their personal lives for decades. Known to be self-sacrificing, nurses’ put their own needs last, which has been clearly demonstrated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Moral injury is one outcome of the self-sacrificing that deeply impacts nurses’ well-being,” explained Dr. Sharon Tucker, Ohio State University, member of the research team.

The research will not only collect data on moral injury in nursing, but will also encourage nurses to share their story. As Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick, of Case Western University explained, “Narrative Nursing is a unique intervention that empowers nurses to share their collective experiences, building a strong professional bond among participants. We will use this intervention to help Ohio nurses who cared for patients and families during the COVID-19 pandemic toward the goal of enhancing nurses’ wellbeing and resilience.”

Dr. Minjin Kim, University of Cincinnati, continued, “Narrative nursing is a promising approach to foster healing and well-being of nurses who suffered mental stress and trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe our intervention can create cohesion, solidarity, and resilience by allowing nurses to share and reflect their individual experiences during the pandemic while engaging in other nurses’ collective struggles.”

If you are an Ohio registered nurse and would like to participate in the study, please contact Michelle Donovan,, Ohio Nurses Foundation. To listen to today’s announcement, visit the Ohio Nurses Foundation’s Facebook page.



The Ohio Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Ohio Nurses Association, is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2002. ONF’s mission is to provide funding to advance nursing as a learned profession through education, research, and scholarship.

April 22, 2021

HOBOKEN, N.J.—April 22, 2021—John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Cochrane today announced a pilot access agreement with OhioLINK, a state-wide academic library consortium. Under this agreement people living in the U.S. state of Ohio will have free access to the Cochrane Library for one year. Published by Wiley, the Cochrane Library is a collection of health evidence used to make informed decisions about health care and policy.

“Our partnership with OhioLink is particularly gratifying to me as a native Ohioan,” said Jay Flynn, Chief Product Officer, Research at Wiley. “Cochrane Reviews provide evidence-based answers for those making important decisions about personal health care, clinical treatments and state health policies. Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that robust scientific evidence is vital to public health policy making and to resolving this global challenge, and we are delighted to see the Buckeye State benefit from access to the Cochrane Library.”

April 08, 2021

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – April 8, 2021 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently selected Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, as its 2021 Distinguished Research Lecturer.

AACN established the award in 1982 to honor nurses who make significant contributions to acute and critical care research. The annual award recognizes research that changes or improves patient outcomes, and advances nursing education and practice.

With more than 22 years of external funding support, Happ has built a program of interdisciplinary, practice-based research focused on improving care and communication with communication-impaired patients, their families and clinicians during critical illness and at the end of life, particularly with patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

March 12, 2021

Seven other faculty and student researchers also set to earn awards at conference in March

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) will honor several faculty and student researchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing with prestigious awards at its virtual conference this month.

At the MNRS Annual Research Conference on March 24-27, Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Celia E. Wills, PhD, RN will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

One nominator said of Happ, who serves as distinguished professor of critical care research and associate dean of research and innovation at the College of Nursing, “Dr. Happ is absolutely one-of-a-kind as a scholar/researcher and a mentor … With more than 24 years of external funding support and 190 publications, Dr. Happ has built a rigorous program of interdisciplinary, practice-based research focused on improving care and communication with communication-impaired patients, families and clinicians during critical illness and at end of life, particularly with patients receiving mechanical ventilation.”

“I am grateful and humbled to receive this wonderful honor, but I am even more grateful for the ability to conduct this research for the benefit of patients and their families,” said Happ. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought greater focus to the issue of communication impairment, especially for patients on ventilators. My colleagues and I will continue pursuing our work to further develop and perfect tools and training for clinicians to bridge gaps in communication so they can deliver the best-possible care.”

Wills, who serves as associate professor, graduate studies chairperson and college secretary at the College of Nursing, was praised by one of her nominators for “her dedication to MNRS and her passion for celebrating its members’ achievements and for advancing nursing science throughout the MNRS region and beyond. Dr. Wills’ service to MNRS is consistent, sustained and substantive. She embodies all that MNRS stands for as she is a pre-eminent scholar who is service-oriented and innovative, and she is a dedicated mentor and teacher to the next generation of nurse scientists.”

“We believe at our college that research is truly a lifeblood of transformational change, and MNRS is a critical partner in helping support the translation of that science into practice,” said Wills. “This honor is a testament to the dedication of our many nurse scientists with whom I am privileged to collaborate and mentor to improve lives through innovation, and I am energized to continue building those impactful partnerships.”

Seven additional faculty and student researchers will also be honored by MNRS:

  • Adolescent Health: New Investigator Award --  Janna D. Stephens, PhD, RN
  • Adolescent Health: Graduate Student Award – Emma C. Schlegel, MPA, BSN, RN
  • Gerontological Nursing Science: New Investigator Award – Karen O. Moss, PhD, RN, CNL
  • Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan: Senior Investigator Award – Mei-Wei Chang, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Palliative & End-of-Life Care Early Career Award, Pediatric Early Career Investigator Award and Symptom Science Research Publication Award – Susan E. Thrane, PhD, RN, CHPN, FPCN
  • Women’s Health and Childbearing: Undergraduate Research Award – Kaitlin Kretz
  • Women’s Health and Childbearing: Graduate Research Award – Alexandra L. Nowak, BSN, JD, RN
February 22, 2021

College ranks #13 overall, #7 among public institutions

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University College of Nursing now places among the top 15 colleges of nursing in the country for research funding support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the Ohio State College of Nursing earned more than $5.7 million in primary NIH research funding, ranking the college #13 overall and #7 among public institutions. The college rose from #16 overall in 2019.

External research funding dollars earned by the college have increased year-over-year since 2015.

“The research that we do matters to the real world; it transforms health and improves lives, especially for vulnerable populations,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “We are so proud of our positive impact on healthcare, leading to sustained growth in NIH funding. Each year, we continue to dream, discover and deliver new insights and innovations in research that continue to improve health outcomes and the well-being of the people for whom we care.”

College of Nursing research newly funded by the NIH this year includes:
Reducing risk for psychological stress in adolescents
August 25, 2020

COLUMBUS, OH — The Ohio State University College of Nursing set a college record for external funding received for research by its faculty from a range of national organizations that strive to improve healthcare.

Throughout fiscal year 2020, 135 total funding proposals were submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Cancer Society, Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other external funding groups. Eighty-seven grants were awarded, totaling nearly $13 million in research funding.

“Our faculty researchers have demonstrated leadership and excellence in pursuing science that improves lives, and we’re making an impact,” said Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, associate dean for research and innovation at the College of Nursing. “From work to reduce health disparities in our communities to better quality of life in older adults and improving care for children in the NICU, our faculty research is working to build a healthier world.”

Among the awards received, Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN, FAAN, Janna Stephens, PhD, RN, Candy Rinehart, DNP, FNP, ADM-BC, FAANP, and Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, received multi-year grants worth more than $1 million to conduct their research:

  • Tubbs Cooley received a $2.8 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD) for her study on NICU nursing care enhancement. Tubbs Cooley and her team hope to gain a better understanding of NICU nurse workloads in order to provide the best quality of care and safety for their patients.
  • Stephens received a four-year, $1.6 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) for her study entitled “Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Black Young Adults.” This study will focus on developing strategies to assist African American community college students in improving their health habits to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease later on in life.
  • Rinehart, CEO of the nurse-practitioner-led Total Health and Wellness center, received $650,000 in grant support funds from HRSA. This funding helps support the Total Health and Wellness center’s primary care services to underserved populations. The center also was awarded “Federally-Qualified Health Center” status and is one of only 77 health centers in the country to receive this status.
  • Mion, Vanderbilt University colleague, Nilanjan Sarkar, PhD and their team, received a five-year, $3.13 million grant provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) to develop socially-assistive robots in extended care facilities to encourage interaction among older adults, especially those with dementia.
June 20, 2020

A team of researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Nursing recently received a $1.6 million federal grant to try to reduce the chances of young, Black adults getting heart disease.

June 05, 2020

A continuing NIH T32 training grant awarded to The Ohio State University College of Nursing from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) will support the training of pre-doctoral students studying health development across the life course. PhD students in nursing will conduct research while working closely with 24 faculty from nursing, sociology, emergency medicine and pediatric medicine. Each year for the next five years, two or three newly admitted nursing PhD students will be supported over two or three years. Our first trainees will start in the 2020–2021 academic year. This novel training program has four goals to address fundamental challenges in nursing research today:

  • recruit and retain diverse and qualified pre-doctoral trainees to conduct rigorous research in the science of health development
  • prepare trainees to develop and implement ethical health research in the science of health development
  • provide scientific grounding and research experiences with highly qualified faculty and using extensively available resources to prepare trainees for research careers
  • increase the number and strengthen the scientific foundation of early career nurse scientists

Central to the training plan is the broadening of our PhD program focus on health determinants, incorporating a modification of the ecodevelopmental and life course model. In light of how health develops across the life course, the research community is challenged to stimulate new research, to develop creative solutions for improving health and wellness and to translate research findings into social policy that will optimize health. This renewal includes attention to sensitive periods of health development from preconception to old age. Trainees will be prepared to lead research teams based upon a life course health development framework that considers the intersection of determinants of health with human biological, psychological, and epigenetic processes, and explains the mechanisms and wellness outcomes of this interaction. The program will further NINR’s goal to support research on the science of health and wellness, which is integral to NINR’s mission as well as across the NIH and the entire federal government, all of whom have recognized that improving health and well-being is critical to reducing the burden of illness now and in the future.

Co-Directors: Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN and Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Class of 2020–2021 trainees (advisors): Nicole Cistone (Pickler, Fortney), Emika Miller (Happ), Lindsay Smith (Harrison)      

The first T32 was funded in 2013. Nine trainees have or will complete the program: Lisa Blair (2018), Colleen McGovern (2018), Randi Bates (2019), Marliese Nist (2019), Elizabeth Hutson (2020), Emma Schlegel, Alexandra Nowak, Stephanie Sealschott, and Laura Beth Kalvas.

Application for The Nursing PhD program for fall 2021 will open in August 2020. The deadline for the submission of all application materials is January 4, 2021. To learn more about our PhD program, please visit our website.

April 07, 2020
MNRS virtual conference provides spotlight for exceptional science

Several College of Nursing faculty were honored at the 2020 Midwestern Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) 44th Annual Research Conference last week. Rather than cancel because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, MNRS decided to host a virtual conference with the theme of “Advancing Nursing Research with Diverse Populations.”

MNRS explained on its website that “the science needs to be shared, student work needs to be fostered, and nursing researchers need a place to share ideas, innovations, and methodologies. We must be flexible while acknowledging this global health issue.”

“The science was exceptional, presented by researchers and scholars at all levels –students, junior investigators, mid-career and senior scientists,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, senior associate dean of academic affairs and educational innovation and professor in the College of Nursing who also serves as president of MNRS. “It was a fitting celebration of the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife, highlighting the significance of nursing research to the health of our nation and our world.”


Pickler receives Lifetime Achievement Award
March 26, 2020

Microwave ovens produce radio-frequency waves that cause the water molecules in an object to vibrate. This vibration causes friction, which allows the object to heat up to a temperature that can kill germs.

That's why microwaves are sometimes used to disinfect items such as a household sponge, as they are a hotbed for viruses and bacteria.

However, research has found mixed results on whether a microwave can effectively kill germs on a sponge, or even in food. Here's what you need to know.