December 07, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing incorporates telehealth across nursing curricula with innovative techniques, tools, pedagogy and learning environments to prepare students for the healthcare of today and tomorrow.


Access to healthcare services is limited for 84 million people who live in the 7,176 Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the United States. Telehealth – the use of digital information and communication technologies to provide healthcare services remotely – offers a promising solution to address this crisis. While some institutions of higher education teach telehealth content, few are actively engaged in teaching their health sciences students through clinical opportunities, and fewer still are evaluating how students use telehealth to provide patient care. Meanwhile, Ohio State is preparing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing students to deliver telehealth care using immersive, experiential learning strategies.


The use of telehealth in clinical nursing practice is spreading widely. For Alice Teall, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, merely familiarizing her online students with the concept of telehealth was not enough. “The biggest push for me was not about introducing students to the concept, but ‘How are we going to know our online nurse practitioner students are prepared for practice?’” That question brought its own challenges: creating online learning environments for simulating care by telehealth, reimagining methods and tools to measure and assess student learning and performance with telehealth, and partnering with a team of faculty, clinicians, and instructional designers to expand nursing student opportunities to learn telehealth across on-campus programs.



Innovative pedagogy meets technology


Teall and faculty at the College of Nursing created, and continue to create, new educational materials to address these needs. Perhaps the most innovative has been their work with  “standardized patients” – actors hired to role-play as patients – to create videos and livecasts of patient case study situations. Using webconferencing, a standardized patient can appear onscreen in classrooms online or on campus, and can speak to each student individually or to groups of students.  Standardized patients are trained to act like real patients, and may forget things, answer the wrong questions, or act surly when in pain, so that students get to experience what it’s like to triage difficult situations. 


The faculty have also created “store and forward” recordings of standardized patients that can be used to simulate real patient phone calls, questions, and concerns. Cases include behavioral health issues and pediatric exams, in which the student might need to engage with a concerned standardized patient parent to obtain information. Case recordings and the standardized patient scenarios are re-useable assets that instructors share to include telehealth opportunities across specialties and programs.


Instructors new to telehealth benefit from a “telehealth toolkit” Teall and others devised. It includes checklists, timelines and practical information, such as how to use telehealth equipment. “We started writing out everything we do in a checklist format so that faculty can replicate telehealth simulations and exams easily,” Teall related. This collection of pedagogy, case studies, and tools continues to grow and could be exported to other institutions to increase telehealth education nationally.


Ohio State’s innovative online programs immerse students from across the country in learning telehealth technology. Online nursing graduate students attend lectures about telehealth technologies. They practice e-visit videoconferencing and simulate providing care using telehealth exam stations. Later, they are precepted in clinical experiences using telehealth. During the final two semesters of the program they complete objective, structured clinical exams on their use of telehealth technologies and their etiquette as telehealth providers.


Ohio State’s Lima campus telehealth clinic


Ohio State’s commitment to telehealth goes beyond teaching: they have their own telehealth clinic. In early 2018, the College of Nursing opened a telehealth clinic on their Lima campus (a rural extension campus in an HPSA) to provide care to their students, faculty and staff. The clinic is staffed by a nurse and linked via state-of-the-art telehealth equipment to Total Health & Wellness (THW), a nurse practitioner-led, interprofessional clinic operated by the college that is designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike. Using Bluetooth technology, a nurse practitioner at THW can assess the heart sounds of a patient being examined by a nurse from 100 miles away as clearly as if she were in the room. The nurse at the clinic acts as the nurse practitioner’s hands, performing the exam using Bluetooth-enabled devices such as an otoscope, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. Meanwhile, both nurse and patient can see and talk to the nurse practitioner from the clinic, who appears on a two-way video conferencing screen. Interdisciplinary health sciences students are precepted as healthcare providers at the clinic.


What’s it like to use the telehealth clinic? “The patients love it,” Teall said. And as the on-screen nurse practitioner, she has enjoyed using the state-of-the-art equipment. This video equipment has no lag time, echo or scratchy sound to distract the patient—“That would never work,” Teall asserted—“You (the patient) don’t want to share personal information with someone who sounds like the Wizard of Oz.” Instead, “I’ve had people who have said, ‘Oh my gosh, this really is like you are sitting right here.” And there are advantages, such as the Bluetooth otoscope which magnifies the image of the eardrum and shows it in high definition, “so that the patient and I can really see it,” Teall says. Nursing students learn the special techniques of using this equipment, both in the nurse and nurse practitioner roles. For instance, Teall says, it’s important for nurses to learn not to step between the stethoscope and the broadcasting equipment, or to look at the video screen when they should be looking in the patient’s ear. Equally important, nursing students learn new ways of using telecommunications to talk to their patients and put them at ease.


Telehealth etiquette


Students learn and practice telehealth techniques so that they will be knowledgeable and comfortable when the time comes, and so that they can help patients feel comfortable, too. For instance, Teall explained, “If you are sitting in front of a camera as the provider and the patient is on the other side of the screen, you have to remember that all they can see is your head. So, when you start charting or documenting their visit using your computer, it’s important to say, ‘I’m going to turn my head. I’m going to put this into the computer now.’ Otherwise, all the patient sees is their provider not looking at them anymore.” Explaining the moves you’re making with equipment off-camera helps build patient trust, as does explaining off-camera sounds. If someone enters the room, Teall advises students to introduce any new people who enter the room before they are in sight, and explain why they’re there.


Students practice presenting as an onscreen healthcare provider. “The telehealth exam station transmits high-def sound and picture,” Teall explained, and it takes a bit of getting used to. “You have to not wear jewelry,” because clinking sounds can amplify greatly, and “sometimes you think you’re looking at the person, but you might not be if you are not looking at the webcam. So, we have to teach students to look directly at the camera and not necessarily at the picture on the screen; otherwise the person thinks you’re always looking at their shirt.” During online exams, students are graded in part on their etiquette, which includes how they communicate with patients and the attending nurse at the clinic.


When learning to care for patients calling in from remote locations, students are taught to ask, “Are you in a secure place? Are you in a place where we can talk confidentially?” Even if the patient can’t talk out loud, a secure conversation may be possible via texting. Practicing scenarios like these can help future healthcare providers keep a level head when treating telehealth patients in emergency situations.


Ohio State’s innovative online pedagogy includes simulated patient exams using telehealth stations on campus that are like those used at the Lima telehealth clinic. “Patients” range from patient actors to real people with medical conditions who have volunteered to help educate student nurses. “Pregnancy is one of the cases that we do,” Teall related. “Every 15 to 20 minutes, one of our students calls in, and the student has to orchestrate a prenatal visit. That’s how we know they can do it.” The student might listen to the baby’s heartbeat remotely and ask the mother questions about her health. Care is taken to educate students on implicit bias and cultural sensitivity as well.


Telehealth in your pocket


Ohio State is preparing students to attend to patients at a distance using technologies available almost everywhere: internet and cellphones. “This is about how to increase access to care. People who have low access to care, whether the reasons are geographic or financial, usually have a smartphone. And when a parent can access a provider by calling on their phone, there’s research that says if they share a picture or video of their child, this gives them more confidence that the provider knows what’s going on and it gives the provider more confidence that they were able to assess their child better,” Teall said. Parents using smartphone apps may be less likely to unnecessarily take a child to the ER or repeat a hospital visit.


The future


The College of Nursing seeks to further its mission of transforming health and transforming lives by educating the nursing workforce of the future in telehealth so that they may provide care at a distance and address the health professional shortage crisis. Faculty continue to expand the library of telehealth exam simulation cases, and to reimagine telehealth pedagogy. Future goals include expanding, refining and publishing their telehealth toolkit of educational methods, clinical practice tools and techniques. The college’s approach to telehealth education is scalable, cost-effective and is producing great results and marketability for its graduates, who have practical experience in telehealth and are ready to work as providers of telehealth care to those in need.

August 06, 2018

Solutions to combat chronic disease – America’s No. 1 cause of death, disability and rising healthcare costs – will be the focus of a free webinar discussion on March 24.

Sponsored in part by The Ohio State University, the webinar will focus on evidence-based approaches for preventing and managing chronic conditions and how academic institutions can implement these best practices on campus and throughout their communities. Additional sponsors include the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

“The health of our country is in crisis,” said panelist and Ohio State's Chief Wellness Officer and Dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. Melnyk is also founder and president of the National Consortium, an organization that shares its best practices to improve health and wellness outcomes across campuses nationwide. “With the alarming increases in obesity, chronic illness and mental health disorders, it is imperative that higher education institutions place high priority on wellness initiatives and prevention with a sense of urgency,” said Melnyk.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 600,000 American deaths each year (one in four). An estimated one in three will have diabetes by 2050, and more than 75 cents of every U.S. dollar spent on healthcare is used to treat chronic disease. Melnyk also noted that one in four people suffers from some sort of mental health disorder, yet less than 25 percent receive treatment.

While cardiovascular disease is a popular topic of conversation, this particular webinar discussion will specifically address the value of screening and educating the public.

“What many don’t realize is that several of these conditions can be prevented and effectively managed through simple, healthy lifestyle changes,” explained Melnyk. “With 33 million people teaching, working, learning and living on college campuses in the U.S., academia has an incredible opportunity to influence national health policy and practices and ultimately help build a healthier nation.”

Visit for more information.

Building Health Academic Communities across the U.S. to Prevent and Manage Chronic Conditions: A Webinar Discussion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 1-3 p.m.
Registration is free. Click here to sign up. 

To access the webinar, visit and log in as a guest. Then dial the conference line at 877-820-7831. The participant passcode is 636580# (be sure to press # after you enter the passcode).



March 26, 2018

Open house planned for April 2, 2018

Ohio State Lima students, employees and dependents will now have access to onsite healthcare in the Student Services Center on campus through the Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima health center, utilizing telehealth equipment connected to the Columbus campus.

The media and interested community members are welcome to an open house to celebrate the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and short program will be held at 11 a.m. in the west end of the Student Services Center. Jessica Campbell, RN, will be onsite to answer questions, and the telehealth equipment will be available for demonstrations.

“Onsite healthcare adds another dimension of health and wellness to the Ohio State Lima campus,” said Interim Dean and Director Joseph Brandesky. “Our students and employees now come from more than half of the 88 counties in Ohio. Some of them drive long distances or those living near campus are a fair distance from their primary healthcare providers. The facility provides a means for them to address day-to-day health concerns.” 

With Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima, the Ohio State College of Nursing will offer a nurse-practitioner-led comprehensive primary-care practice as part of a pilot program that takes a telehealth approach to health and wellness. 

“We are so excited to bring primary-care health services to Lima through our nurse practitioner-led facility,” said Ohio State College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, who also serves Ohio State as vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer. “Our team approach to care benefits patients in many ways by focusing treatment on the whole person.”

Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima offers an interprofessional team approach to integrated physical and mental healthcare for students, employees and their dependents. A registered nurse will be available on-site and a certified nurse practitioner will be accessible through a remote telecommunications system. 

“Offering telehealth services gives us a wonderful opportunity to extend our primary care services and provide that team approach to healthcare,” said Candy Rinehart, DNP, FNP, ADM-BC, FAANP, executive director of Advanced Practice and Community Partnership, nurse practitioner and director of Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Ohio State Hospitals East. “In addition to family nurse practitioners, we can access mental health nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and other providers to support total patient care. Exams and conversations will take place in real time, with our registered nurse serving as our hands in the clinic, and the nurse practitioner in Columbus providing direction for both the exam and treatment.”

The new facility will be located in the west end of the Student Services Center. Renovations to a conference room have resulted in space for an examining room, office and storage area. The state-of-the-art telehealth equipment will allow the nurse practitioner and the patient to interact much like they would in person. What the onsite registered nurse sees as she conducts an exam in Lima is instantly available to the nurse practitioner in Columbus.

Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima will be open 15 hours a week. Services will include health and wellness screenings, education and vaccines, physical exams, evidence-based management of new health problems or complaints, contraception counseling and management, integration of mental health services to complement Ohio State Lima’s Counseling and Consultation Services and healthy lifestyle programs. Patients are seen by appointment only. Please call (567) 242-6546 to schedule a visit.

Ohio State Lima is the first regional campus to offer telehealth through the three-year pilot program funded and administered through the College of Nursing. Future plans call for Ohio State Total Health and Wellness facilities using telehealth technology at all of Ohio State’s regional campuses.


January 11, 2018

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has issued an official proclamation declaring Feb. 14 as Million Hearts® Day in the state of Ohio.

“We are thrilled that the governor has recognized this important national and statewide initiative to save lives by raising awareness of key strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women of all races and ethnicities, yet 80 percent of CVD is preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviors. The national Million Hearts® Initiative is a collaborative effort to increase education about risk factors and save lives by helping people make heart-healthy choices.  

The Ohio State University partnered with Million Hearts® when it began five years ago, the first university-wide partnership. This year, hundreds of biometric screenings will be offered to Ohio State faculty and staff on Valentine’s Day in the College of Nursing at Newton Hall, located at 1585 Neil Ave.

“Ohio State has a goal to be the healthiest campus in the world,” said Melnyk. “Partnering with Million Hearts® and offering screenings around Valentine’s Day is a reminder to everyone that we can engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors to promote optimal health and well-being.” 

This year, Melnyk has also promoted screenings at campuses and communities across the state through the newest Million Hearts® partner, the Ohio Council of Deans and Directors (OCDD), which includes 42 colleges and nursing schools.

“The interest in participating in this program is strong among our nursing colleges,” said Melnyk, who serves as the group’s current president. “We are excited that several of the schools have already scheduled screenings for this week, and we know that others will follow throughout the year.” 

The Million Hearts® Initiative began in 2012 with an ambitious goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More than 150 organizations, including The Ohio State University, joined the initiative and designed a variety of innovative strategies to improve cardiovascular health around the nation. The success of the initiative heralds a renewed effort to save more American lives by preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022.

At Ohio State, the College of Nursing launched the Million Hearts interprofessional educational module as part of its National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts®. 

The Million Hearts® program encourages simple and healthy actions that can provide reduced heart attack and stroke rates. The pillars of the Million Hearts® initiative are the ABCS of care:

A - aspirin when appropriate

B - blood-pressure control

C - cholesterol management

S - smoking cessation

Because stress is another major factor that places individuals at risk for heart attack and stroke, Ohio State also recognizes stress reduction as a second “S” during preventive screenings.

A free webinar will provide more information about the educational module on Thursday, Feb. 15. Access to the webinar is available here.

Dial-in telephone number: 1-877-820-7831
Participant Passcode: 636580#

Million Hearts® screenings are also being held at Cedarville University, Malone University, Muskingum University, Ohio Christian University, Ursuline College, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Screening participants will learn their risk factors for heart attacks and stroke and will receive information on improving their heart health. 

August 16, 2017

The Ohio State University Total Health & Wellness Center at University Hospital East has qualified to provide expanded primary-care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay after receiving a significant federal designation.


The Total Health & Wellness Center (THW), established in late 2012 as Ohio State’s first health practice to be run entirely by nurses, has been awarded Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alike status by the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care. Under this designation, THW is recognized as an organization that provides high-quality preventive and primary healthcare to patients regardless of their ability to pay.


With Look-Alike designation, THW will receive increased reimbursements, improve access to qualified healthcare providers and develop a pharmacy with reduced pricing on prescription and non-prescription medications for patients.


“We are very dedicated to continuing to provide critically needed comprehensive primary-care services to optimize health and well-being in our community,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. “Our team approach to care is led by nurse practitioners and includes interprofessional health professionals who are dedicated to providing the best evidence-based physical and mental healthcare.”


THW is located at University Hospital East and operated by The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Led by Director Candy Rinehart, DNP, FNP, ADM-BC, FAANP, the center offers a distinctive nurse practitioner-led comprehensive primary-care practice with a multidisciplinary team providing an evidence-based approach to integrated physical and mental healthcare for people across the lifespan. The staff at the center is composed of family nurse practitioners, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and mental health counselors, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers, as well as nursing and other health science students.


“The Total Health and Wellness Center provides timely access to comprehensive healthcare for our local community for both prevention and chronic-disease care,” said THW Board President Carolyn Slack. “The community’s response has been exciting, and the practice is growing, primarily by word of mouth. The center and Ohio State are strong assets that our community trusts.”


THW serves neighboring communities in Columbus and Franklin County, including patients covered by commercial insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, and the uninsured. Services include:


  • family practice care to individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents
  • health and wellness screening and education
  • management of new health concerns
  • care and ongoing management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart failure and others
  • routine physical exams, health and wellness screenings and vaccines
  • basic women’s services, including pap smears and birth control, as well as plans to soon provide prenatal care
  • health education to help reach optimal wellness
  • mental health counseling and evidence-based programs for conditions such as depression and anxiety
  • healthy lifestyle programs


The THW is the 50th health center in Ohio to receive FQHC designation, which indicates that it meets all of the eligibility requirements of an organization that receives a Public Health Service Section 330 grant, but does not receive grant funding. With this designation, the THW will ensure healthcare for underserved communities and vulnerable populations.


THW has provided nearly 16,000 patient visits since it was established. For more information, visit our webpage.


Contact: Lainie Bradshaw, 937-776-2335,

April 17, 2017

Senior nursing students in the College of Nursing at Ohio State have developed a comprehensive initiative designed to offer support to people with mental health issues and give friends and family resources for providing assistance. They enlisted Football Coach Urban Meyer, Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston, Vice President for Wellness Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, as well as dozens of students, to “pledge to help” via a video now posted on YouTube. A second video that provides a mental health First Aid Kit is also available.


Called “I will help you,” the program includes two online videos, a website and four educational modules tailored specifically for educators, healthcare providers, law enforcement officials and for anyone who wants to learn how to help. The modules provide guidance on how to identify individuals who may be struggling and how to assure them that they are not alone. The website also includes a module for anyone who may need help themselves and provides resources for these individuals.


“I wanted to provide guidance and allow the students the freedom to bring their own creativity to the issue,” said Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, assistant professor of clinical practice at the College of Nursing. A $5,000 curriculum grant provided the resources needed to create the videos and website.


As part of their final leadership class, the 81 students who worked on this project are envisioning an educated and supportive society in which individuals with mental-health disorders will not feel alone. This initiative will spread awareness and provide skills and resources for friends and family to identify and assist individuals who are struggling with mental-health issues. Everyone can join the initiative by taking the pledge to help those who are suffering and pledge to heal if you are suffering.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that, in any given year, one in five adults in the United States will suffer with mental illness. This same prevalence is seen in teenagers. Many people do not seek help because of the perceived stigma attached to admitting they need assistance.


Visit the initiative website for more information and to take the pledge:


You can also follow the initiative on social media:

Twitter: @IWillHelpYouOrg

Instagram: @i_will_help_you_initiative

July 19, 2016

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing, was recognized as a 2016 Champion of Healthcare by Columbus Business First.


The publication named Melnyk, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer at Ohio State, as its 2016 Healthcare Educator & Advocate, a name that honors an individual for efforts toward creating and improving awareness among consumers about healthcare issues that affect specific groups or the community at large.


Melnyk was credited in her nomination for the College of Nursing’s recent rise in U.S. News & World Report rankings and for her efforts to improve patient access to effective care, including the opening of Ohio State Total Health and Wellness Primary Care Center located at University Hospital East, as well as her role in the national Million Hearts Initiative.


Melnyk has more than 25 years of research and teaching experience in the field of healthcare systems and nursing. She is also an internationally renowned expert in evidence-based practice (EBP), intervention research, child and adolescent mental health and health and wellness  and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences.


Columbus Business First's Champions of Healthcare program honors central Ohio medical professionals who are raising the region's quality of life through dedication to patient care, innovations in research and technology and outstanding healthcare management.

April 19, 2016

Summit planned for Oct. 18-20, 2017, to officially launch the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare


A transformational $6.5 million grant has been awarded to The Ohio State University College of Nursing to establish The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. This institute will be the national hub for the teaching of best practices to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes, working with healthcare systems to implement and sustain evidence-based practice (EBP), and conducting research to determine best strategies to translate evidence-based interventions into real world clinical settings.


“This hugely impactful grant will enable us to rapidly accelerate our current efforts with nursing colleges and healthcare systems across the United States to teach, implement and sustain EBP,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare is urgently needed to revolutionize the future of healthcare and ensure the best patient outcomes.”


EBP is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of healthcare that integrates the best evidence from well-designed studies with a clinician’s expertise and patients’ preferences and values. Multiple studies have shown that evidence-based practice improves healthcare quality and patient outcomes while reducing costs.


“Evidence-based practice by clinicians from all disciplines is critical to improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes as well as reducing costs,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “We are grateful for the opportunity to advance our patient care and nursing education while serving as a national model for evidence-based practice and working with other institutions across the nation.”


The new institute will accelerate and expand the efforts of the College of Nursing’s Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice (CTEP), including:


  • working with nursing faculty across the nation to integrate EBP throughout their curriculums to produce the highest caliber of evidence-based nursing graduates
  • educating nursing students at all levels and nurses on how to access the latest gold standards of care and also how to implement as well as to sustain EBP
  • assisting nursing leaders and in hospitals and healthcare systems to advance and sustain evidence-based care to improve the safety and quality of care that is provided to patients and families
  • conducting research on the most effective interventions to teach and rapidly accelerate the translation of evidence-based interventions into clinical settings
  • providing a web site of the best practices and resources to enhance healthcare quality and core performance metrics
  • conducting national webinars and summits on the best and latest evidence to guide the best nursing practice


“In Buckeye Nation, we teach everyone to dream big and accomplish the impossible to transform healthcare and transform lives. We also walk the talk,” said Melnyk, who will lead the efforts of the new national institute with her colleague Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC, current director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice at the college. “The Ohio State University College of Nursing is indeed a place where dreams become reality.”


Melnyk is an internationally renowned leader in EBP and intervention research. She is the author of the book Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, now in its third edition, and the editor of the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. She and Gallagher-Ford, also a nationally recognized expert in EBP, recently published research in Worldviews, showing that implementation of EBP among chief nurses and their hospitals is relatively low.


The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. In 1935, Leonhard Felix Fuld and his sister, Florentine, created a foundation in honor of their mother, Helene.


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, EBP and unsurpassed wellness. As part of the largest health science campus in the United States, the College of Nursing offers seven innovative academic programs. The college’s graduate nursing programs are among the top four 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 nearly 2,000 students. The college celebrated its centennial in 2014.


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August 25, 2015

The Ohio State University has achieved silver-level status in the HealthLead™ Workplace reaccreditation, demonstrating Ohio State's increased engagement and initiation of positive changes to further instill a culture of health and well-being, the nonprofit US Healthiest announced today.


Through a two-step reaccreditation process, including completion of an online assessment and a site audit, Ohio State advanced from its bronze status achieved in 2012 to silver status. Since its initial accreditation in 2012 at the bronze level, Ohio State has continued to strengthen, build and expand its comprehensive integrative model to optimize health and wellness to improve population health.


Over the last four years, Ohio State's Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, along with the Buckeye Wellness and Your Plan for Health teams, escalated change, created the One University Health and Wellness Council and expanded data collection and communication initiatives across the university. Additionally, Ohio State has increased its activism and role as a convener within the employer and university spaces through its leadership and involvement in nationally recognized consortiums, including the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC).


“I am continually impressed with [Ohio State's] commitment to and evolution of health and well-being. Not only are they HealthLead Workplace-accredited; but they are also HealthLead Academic Community-accredited, meaning that they focus on and create a culture that emphasizes and values the health and well-being of both their employee and student populations, ” said Nick Baird, MD, CEO of US Healthiest. “What stuck out to me the most was four years ago, they stated their goal of being the healthiest university on the globe; and they remain focused on that goal and continue to take action in making it happen!”


Silver-level accreditation represents an integrated and comprehensive approach to employee health and well-being, while demonstrating positive outcomes that positively affect the organization’s bottom line.


“The HealthLead Accreditation process has been extremely beneficial as we strive to achieve our vision of becoming the healthiest university in the world,” said Melnyk. “Through the accreditation process, we receive important feedback on our strengths as well as areas needing improvement with helpful strategies for strengthening our approach in building a culture and environment that makes healthy lifestyle behaviors the social norm.”


The Ohio State University, along with 18 other public, private, governmental and academic organizations that are HealthLead Workplace accredited, represents employers who have invested in developing and sustaining an integrated, comprehensive approach to employee health and well-being aligned with their respective business strategy. Nationwide Insurance, Target, CDC and HealthPartners are among other employers representing various sizes and industries that are HealthLead accredited. To maintain accreditation status, organizations go through reaccreditation every three years.


About HealthLead


In 2012, US Healthiest created the HealthLead Accreditation Program to recognize public and private sector organizations that demonstrate best practices in employee or academic community health management and well-being. HealthLead is designed to set the standard for workplace and campus health management by expanding the definition and breadth of health to include integrated well-being information and support services, individual/group engagement strategies and leadership in community health issues. Learn more:


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 United States, 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 6th and its RN to BSN program is ranked 8th 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.

July 15, 2015
A College of Nursing graduate student is among 18 selected for the 2015-16 class of Albert Schweitzer Fellows from Columbus and Athens. The Fellows will spend the next year learning to effectively address social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills, following the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, the fellowship’s namesake.


Janet Masters, traditional master’s student in the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner specialty, is addressing infant mortality in the south side of Columbus through one-on-one health-coaching sessions with women of child-bearing age. Working with Church for All People, she is developing sustainable engagement and intervention strategies that will improve the health and well-being of women and positively impact the health of their children.


“Despite the demands of graduate programs, Albert Schweitzer Fellows are committed to service and to tackling complex health needs,” said Terry “Chip” Bahn, program director of the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program. “Our program is dedicated to improving the health of communities by preparing health and human service professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives.”


Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in underserved communities, while at the same time fulfilling their academic responsibilities. The 18 Fellows in the Columbus-Athens class join approximately 220 others working in 12 program sites — 11 in the U.S. and one in Gabon, at the site of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded in 1913.


View a complete list of the 2015-16 Schweitzer Fellows here.