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 29, 2019

Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, The Ohio State University College of Nursing associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs and educational innovation, was installed as the new president of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) at the 2019 MNRS 43rd Annual Research Conference, March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Anderson previously served a one-year term as president-elect.

“I am honored to serve as the president of MNRS.  As a new researcher, MNRS was integral to the launch of my research career, providing the opportunity network with esteemed scientist colleagues throughout the Midwest. The benefits of active engagement in MNRS have continued through the years, providing the opportunity to work together with our members to advance nursing science. I am grateful to have an opportunity to give back to MNRS as president and look forward to supporting the members and the mission.”

The mission of MNRS is to advance science, transform practice and enhance careers through a network of scholars. In her role as president of MNRS, Anderson will direct the association based on the overall mission of MNRS, update and approve strategic plans and develop and approve policies and procedures along with the rest of the Board of Directors.

MNRS focuses on developing scholars, driving science and leading innovation to improve the health of all people. The overarching goal of MNRS is to grow and retain membership, enhance products and services, allocate resources efficiently and enhance MNRS leadership opportunities and development.

Founded in 1975, MNRS provides a place for nurses to collaborate, come together to share ideas and grow the nursing field through innovative research.

June 05, 2015

Academy established by National League for Nursing recognizes innovative contributions of nurse educators


The Ohio State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAHA, FAAN, has been competitively selected for induction into the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education as a Fellow.


Anderson is an associate professor at the College of Nursing and serves as associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation. She joins the Academy’s 202 Fellows who represent nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. 


The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to nursing education. Fellows provide leadership in nursing education and in the Academy of Nursing Education and support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.


“The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to address the ongoing shortage of nurses and nurse educators,” said NLN CEO Beverly A. Malone. “Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and to the preparation of a nursing workforce that advances the health of the nation and the global community deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession.”


As a newly named Fellow, Anderson has been praised for her innovative teaching and learning strategies, specifically her advancement of undergraduate and graduate nursing student learning of physiology and genomics.


“We are so proud of Cindy and her innovative work to advance nursing education,” 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 impact is evidenced by the outcomes of student scholarship dissemination, award recognition and roles assumed after graduation. Cindy is so deserving of this esteemed honor."


Anderson’s research is focused on the study of hypertension in pregnancy and the influence that the maternal pregnant environment has on future development of hypertension in offspring. Recent investigation is targeted towards gene-environment interactions that increase heritable risk for preeclampsia, including the study of disrupted gene function due to changes in DNA methylation. The findings of her research have the potential to significantly improve health outcomes of women and their children through early screening and identification of individuals at risk for preeclampsia across the lifespan.


The fellowships have been awarded by the NLN board of governors, the oversight body of the NLN Academy of Nursing Education. The induction of new Fellows and a meeting of the Fellows of the Academy of Nursing Education will be held in conjunction with the NLN's Annual Education Summit in fall 2015.


For more information about the Academy of Nursing Education, visit http://www.nln.org/recognition-programs/academy-of-nursing-education.

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 science 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 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.


National League for Nursing


Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.