December 05, 2018

A parent’s exposure to dirty air before conception might spell heart trouble for the next generation, a new animal study suggests.

June 03, 2019 8:00 am - June 06, 2019 5:00 pm

New and Improved Format

June 3-4, 2019: Systematic Review
June 5-6, 2019: Research Intensive Workshop

RIW is now a two-day conference


The Ohio State University Helene Fuld Institute for EBP
760 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
First floor of the BMI Credit Union Building



Systematic Review Conference: $775
Research Intensive Workshop: $895
SPECIAL: 2 for 1 deal

Registration is limited for maximum participation benefit, so early registration is strong encouraged.

Registration closes on May 20, 2019 


Continuing Education Credits

This conference is pending review and will be offering continuing education credits.


Questions? Please contact:

Kenzie Palsgrove at 614-292-5975 or
Kristen Bailey at 614-688-1175 or


October 29, 2018

With the goal of improving the health of women and infants, The Ohio State University College of Nursing partnered with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) in collaboration with ITN productions to produce a video as part of AWHONN’s Partners in Care program. The video addresses research to improve screening techniques to detect depression and anxiety in pregnant and postpartum women.

AWHONN’s Partners in Care program highlights the commitment of the AWHONN community to spread knowledge in working towards solutions on the most critical health issues facing women and newborns.

Faculty within the College of Nursing’s Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth are conducting vital research to improve the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women, especially in vulnerable populations. “Up to 50 percent of women experience prenatal depression or anxiety,” according to Bernadette Melnyk, Ohio State’s Chief Wellness Officer, Dean of the College of Nursing and Executive Director for the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. “Women receive prenatal care, but so often providers do not screen for depression and anxiety.”

Check out the video below to learn more about the college’s research and its real world impacts.

October 19, 2018

This fall, The Ohio State University College of Nursing received a total of over $9 million in new grant funding for research from a variety of prestigious institutions, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Cancer Society, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and others.

“Three of these awards are particularly significant as the proposed studies are part of exciting and important interdisciplinary work led by College of Nursing faculty who are early stage investigators, which means that they are receiving their first R01 or equivalent research grant. The future looks bright for nursing and transdisciplinary science in our college,” stated Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, associate dean for research and innovation inThe Ohio State University College of Nursing.

NIH funds College of Nursing research

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) awarded a $191 K grant to Tondi Harrison, PhD, RN,FAAN, (PI) to fund an administrative supplement to the study, “Behavioral and physiological responses to oral feeding in infants with complex congenital heart disease.” The supplement, from NIH’s INCLUDE program (INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down SyndromE), will support the addition of infants who have both Down syndrome and congenital heart disease to the study. Harrison is an associate professor in the College of Nursing.

The NIH/NINR also awarded a $423 K, three-year career development grant to Shannon Gillespie, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children & Youth. Her study, “Maternal Immune Responsiveness as Clinical Target for Preterm Birth Prevention” (The MIRACL Study) will test a novel method of identifying women at risk for inflammatory preterm birth and determining whether specific preventive interventions are likely to offer benefit during the pregnancy.

Recent grants from the NIH also include a $3.3 million NIH/NIA R01 to Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC, FNAP, FGSA, FAAN, (PI); a $2.8 million NIH/NIA R01 to Jodi McDaniel, PhD, RN, (PI) and colleagues, and a $1.8 million NIH/NINR R01 to Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP, and colleagues at Wayne State University.

“All of our new NIH funding provides evidence of the fantastic cutting-edge research being conducted by our nationally renowned faculty and the terrific research infrastructure that is provided by our college so that our faculty can achieve their dreams and produce major positive impact through their work,” stated Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean and professor in the College of Nursing.

Other prestigious institutions support College of Nursing research

The American Cancer Society awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant to Jennifer Kue, PhD, for the Intergenerational Refugee and Immigrant Cancer Screening Project.

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners awarded a foundation grant to Assistant Professor Lisa Kinsella Militello, PhD, MPH, RN, CPNP, to fund the study, “A Solution-Focused Approach: What Low-Income Parents with Young Children Need from Stress-Regulation Smartphone Apps.” IT Project Scientist Emre Sezgin, PhD, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a co-investigator on the project.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded a grant to Pam Lusk, DNP, RN, FAANP, clinical associate professor, for the study, “Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) throughout Social Work and Nursing Education.”

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation awarded grants to  Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, (PI) and colleagues and  Laureen Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, (PI) and colleagues.

September 18, 2018

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) has awarded a $1.8 million R01 grant to fund the study titled, “Paternal Role in Adverse Birth Outcomes in Black Families.” The multiple-PI grant was awarded to Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP, associate professor in The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD, of University of Michigan and Dawn Phillips Misra, PhD, at Wayne State University. The study was funded from September, 2018 to June, 2022.


 According to the PIs, “the few studies that have explored paternal effects on birth outcomes have generally excluded understanding the dynamic, complex, and often correlated maternal-paternal relationship…studies often have been limited to an examination of paternal age, occupation, or socioeconomic status. The proposed study will assess whether and how fathers may have an impact on successful birth outcomes.”


“Black women are more likely to have adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth and low birthweight infants compared with White women,” said Giurgescu. “Although the literature has identified a number of risk factors for adverse birth outcomes associated with mothers, little attention has been given to understanding the role of fathers on birth outcomes. Our study will consider the role of social determinants of health, specifically disadvantaged neighborhoods and experiences of racial discrimination for expectant fathers, and their influences on expectant parents’ mental health and birth outcomes among Black families. We will also measure maternal and paternal telomere length, a biological indicator of chronic stress, and its relationship to adverse birth outcomes.” 

The study aims to add another dimension to efforts to reduce racial disparities. “This information can serve as the foundation for recommendations aimed at family-centered interventions to reduce adverse birth outcomes," Giurgescu stated.    

September 17, 2018

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) has awarded a five-year, $3.3 million R01 grant to fund the study titled, “Sex Differences in Pain Reports and Brain Activation in Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease.” The grant was awarded to Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC, FNAP, FGSA, FAAN, (PI) associate professor in The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Monroe’s interdisciplinary team will include faculty from the College of Nursing, the Departments of Neurology and Geriatrics, and the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging at Ohio State, as well as collaborators from Vanderbilt University.

“Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are at risk of having their pain undertreated. We do know that healthy males and females experience pain differently. It is not known if these sex-differences extend into the AD population. This study will provide research focused on better management of pain in people with AD,” Monroe stated in the proposal. “Poorly treated pain in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a critical public health problem and understanding sex and AD-related differences in pain function is an NIA priority area.”

The proposal stated that when compared to healthy adults, and in the presence of similarly known painful conditions, older adults with AD receive less pain medication. Reasons for this discrepancy are poorly understood. Meanwhile, inadequately treated pain negatively impacts quality of life and increases health care costs.

The research will examine how verbal pain reporting patterns in responses to acute experimental thermal pain differs between older males and females with and without AD and how these sex-differences map onto regional and network brain functional changes. The study aims to determine whether sensory (stimulus intensity) and affective (stimulus unpleasantness) responses differ by sex in people with and without AD during cutaneous thermal stimulation. Examining baseline differences in experimental thermal pain between males and females with and without AD will provide a foundation for understanding factors that may contribute to untreated pain risk, as well as for developing sex-specific novel assessment, prevention, and treatment strategies in the older population with AD.

August 22, 2018

The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare has awarded its inaugural round of grants. The grants are intended to provide an opportunity to stimulate and advance evidence-based practice (EBP) and implementation science in nursing and healthcare across the United States. 

The grants were awarded to Linda Quinlin, DNP, APRN-CNS, APRN-CNP, ACHPN, and Kerry A. Milner, DNCs, RN, for EBP and research projects, respectively.

Quinlin was awarded the EBP grant for “Quality Improvement Project: Incorporating Evidence Based Practice into the Nursing Culture at Ohio’s Hospice Inc.” The purpose of her project is to incorporate EBP into the nursing culture at Ohio’s Hospice Incorporated (OHI). Implementing EBP will involve a systematic culture change within OHI. 

The funding from the grant will be applied to professionally recording a presentation, “Questioning Common Clinical Practices: What does the Evidence Show? A Primer to EBP,” to educate OHI nurses onsite and online about how to begin their journeys with EBP and put science into practice.

Other interventions will be implemented to enrich nurses’ knowledge leading up to OHI Poster Day 2018, a celebration of EBP. This interdisciplinary event is designed to inspire excellence in innovation, research and EBP. The celebration will begin with an EBP presentation by a local nurse researcher and be followed by a poster display of EBP projects completed by OHI nurses.

Milner was awarded the research grant for “Visitation Practices in Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Facilities with Adult Intensive Care Units.” This study aims to answer the questions “What are the visitation policies in adult ICUs in Magnet and Pathway to Excellence designated healthcare facilities?” and “What are the methods for implementation and sustainment of open visitation in these facilities?”

The study stems from the conflict of restrictive visitor policies in adult ICUs, which continue to be the norm across the U.S. Milner hopes to alleviate the lack of research surrounding methods for implementing and sustaining open-visitation policies.

The study will use cross-sectional, sequential and mixed-method survey designs to identify facilities with open-visitation adult ICUs, survey program directors of eligible facilities about methods of implementation and lay the foundation for future studies on the impact of open visitation policies on patient and family outcomes. 

Nursing and social work students will be engaged in all aspects of the research under investigator mentorship.

All grant proposals were reviewed by a committee chaired by Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, with members Kirsten M. Hanrahan, ARNP, DNP; Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP, FAAN; Sheila C. Sullivan, PhD, RN; Elisa Jang, RN; Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN; Beth A. Vottero, PhD, RN, CNE; and Ruth Labardee, DNP, RN, CNL, NEA-BC.

July 09, 2018

Two grants proposed by the College of Nursing have been awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

A $1.39 million, two-year grant titled, Practice Partnership for APN Education,” will help to support an innovative academic partnership between The Ohio State University College of Nursing and the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the state. The program offers the College of Nursing advanced-practice nursing faculty the opportunity to work with primary-care preceptors across the state in FQHCs to help prepare primary-care, advanced-practice nursing students in the family, pediatric, adult gerontology, women’s health and midwifery programs to facilitate graduates’ employment in rural and underserved areas.  

 A second four-year grant for $2.76 million, titled Preparing the RN Workforce to Practice in Primary Care to the Full Scope of Their License,” will help to support an innovative academic partnership between The Ohio State University College of Nursing, PrimaryOne Health, the Community Health & Wellness Partners of Logan County, Total Health and Wellness Center and other FQHCs in Ohio to recruit and  educate pre-nursing students and current registered nurses to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care. This academic partnership will strengthen the College of Nursing faculty’s ability to increase the distribution of primary-care nurses in rural and underserved areas by adding additional clinical placements over the four-year funding period.

Margaret Graham, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice dean and associate professor in the College of Nursing is project director for each grant. Graham was assisted in the writing of the second grant by Wendy Bowles, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP; Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN; and Awais Ali, BA. Melissa Pavolino, BS, and Fran Eppich, MBA, provided support for preparation of each grant.

July 05, 2018

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has selected three The Ohio State University College of Nursing faculty members, Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP; Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, RN, MSPH; and Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN, to be inducted into its 2018 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,” Nov. 1-3, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted to recognize this outstanding class of nurse leaders as Academy Fellows,” said Academy President Karen Fox, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Along with the rest of the fellowship, I look forward to celebrating their array of talents and impressive accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to apply our collective knowledge to transforming health policy.”

Giurgescu, Jones and Tubbs Cooley will be inducted as Academy Fellows along with 192 other highly distinguished nurse leaders. With the addition of this new class, the total number of Academy Fellows stands at over 2,500.

“Selection into the Academy is one of nursing’s very highest honors; less than .1 percent of nurses make it into the Academy,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing, in praise of the college’s new inductees. She added that with 27 Fellows now at the College of Nursing, “nearly 50 percent of our tenured/tenure track and regular clinical faculty are Fellows of the AAN.”

Representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 29 countries, Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing 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 healthcare 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 nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all. 

The 2018 Class of Academy Fellows from Ohio includes: 

Celeste Marie Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A - Case Western Reserve University

Carmen Giurgescu, PhD, RN, WHNP – The Ohio State University

Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, RN, MSPH – The Ohio State University

Deborah G. Klein, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, FAHA - Cleveland Clinic

Deborah F. Lindell, DNP, MDN, RN, CNE, ANEF - Case Western Reserve University

Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP-BC, AOCN, ACHPN, FPCN - Case Western Reserve University

Mary Elizabeth Modic, DNP, APRN-CNS - Cleveland Clinic

Sharon L. Oetker-Black, PhD, JD, RN, ANEF - Walsh University

Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN – The Ohio State University 

Allison R. Webel, PhD, RN - Case Western Reserve University

June 29, 2018

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented the Kimberly-Clark Huggies Nursing Research Award to Marliese Nist, RNC-NIC, MS, for her work entitled, “Inflammatory Mediators of Stress Exposure and Neurodevelopment in Very Preterm Infants.” The award is supported through an educational grant from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation and was presented at the 2018 AWHONN National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Nist is a PhD candidate at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

Nist has also recently been awarded a 2018 grant from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and was one of six nurses selected nationally to receive a Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award. The Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award is given by The Rockefeller University’s Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing to support nurses while they pursue independent research projects that will make a significant contribution to the discipline of nursing. The award provides a maximum of $25,000 for one or two years. Funding for the awards, now in their fifth year, is from an endowment established by sisters Helaine Lerner and Joan Rechnitz in honor of their parents, Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn.

In her doctoral research at Ohio State, Nist has been analyzing the relationships between stress exposure during the NICU hospitalization period, inflammation and neurodevelopment. Nist saw a need for study of the 28-31 week old population of pre-term infants, which is responsible for a large percentage of population neurodevelopment impairments, but has not been subject to as much study as early pre-term infants.