April 23, 2020

Health and well-being hub represents an innovative first step towards addressing burnout and associated mental health issues among nurses nationwide

Trusted Health, the career platform for the modern nurse, and The Ohio State University College of Nursing today announced a new initiative to promote mental health and well-being among nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be piloted with nurses in New York and Michigan -- two of the states hit hardest by the pandemic -- and rolled out nationwide in the coming weeks. 

Even before the current crisis hit, burnout among nurses has been at an all-time high, with some studies estimating that up to 63 percent of nurses exhibit symptoms such as job-induced stress, anxiety and depression. In addition, nurses are at increased risk of suicide. More than half report being in suboptimal mental or physical health, which research shows can lead to more errors in caring for patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this issue, as frontline nurses find themselves delivering care for a high volume of acutely ill patients, often in situations with limited crisis response training or supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Trusted and The Ohio State University have come together to help address this issue through a partnership that will provide access to wellness support and evidence-based strategies from nursing faculty and advanced practice nursing (APN) students from The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Nurses employed by Trusted who are working in facilities with COVID-19 patients will be able to access an emotional support line staffed by seasoned nurse practitioner faculty, including mental health experts, and supervised students. Those faculty and students will review stressors with callers and offer coping strategies and stress-reduction techniques.

Nurses who call the emotional support line may then opt to participate in a wellness support partnership program supported by the College of Nursing for a period of four or eight weeks. This will include cognitive-behavioral skills building, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and therapeutic communication aimed at finding sustainable solutions to enhance the nurses’ health and well-being, both during the pandemic and for life.

“Our healthcare professionals on the front lines of this pandemic deserve not only our highest regards for their selfless service, but also our support to handle what they are feeling and experiencing because of this crisis,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio State. “Our college’s faculty, staff and students participating in this effort are well-versed in evidence-based interventions that will not only help these nurses survive, but thrive and build the resilience needed to continue to provide high-quality care and save lives.”

“As a nurses-first company, Trusted was founded on a simple idea: Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system, and we must do more to support them,” said Dan Weberg, PhD, RN, head of clinical innovation at Trusted. “The COVID-19 crisis has pushed this issue into the national consciousness, and we are committed to using this moment to advocate for and identify new ways to support the mental well-being of nurses not just on the front lines, but everywhere.” 

Since the onset of COVID-19, Trusted has been focused on meeting the unprecedented demand for healthcare workers by matching nurses who have raised their hands to help with hospitals battling the pandemic. As a nurses-first company, Trusted was among the first to offer guaranteed quarantine pay for all of their nurses, and has made their Nurse Advocate team -- former bedside nurses who offer guidance throughout the job search process -- available 24/7 to support the needs of Trusted nurses working on the front lines. Over the last several weeks, nearly 40,000 nurses have signed up via Trusted to work on the front lines of the crisis. 

About Trusted Health

Trusted is where modern nurses go to build their careers. Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system and yet their options for finding new roles are cumbersome and outdated. Trusted is on a mission to change this by matching the nurses on our platform with a range of flexible jobs that meet their preferences and career goals. With support from a dedicated Nurse Advocate and unmatched insight into compensation and contract details, Trusted makes it easy for nurses to navigate the job search process and manage their careers with confidence. 

Trusted supports hiring in all 50 states and has connected the nurses on its platform with thousands of opportunities. Based in San Francisco, CA, Trusted has raised $25 million in funding from Craft Ventures, Felicis Ventures, and Founder Collective, as well as healthcare innovators like Texas Medical Center and Healthbox. For more information, visit www.trustedhealth.com

About The Ohio State University College of Nursing

The Ohio State University College of Nursing exists to transform health and improve lives through top-tier teaching, research and innovation, grounded in evidence-based practice and a powerful culture and support system to foster optimal personal well-being.

The college’s nationally-ranked academic programs taught by world-class faculty offer top-notch programs for future and current nurses and healthcare leaders. U.S. News & World Report highly ranks our university-wide online bachelor’s including RN to BSN (#1), online master’s (#4), traditional master’s (#6) and online Doctor of Nursing Practice (#8). Majors include both nursing and programs in healthcare and wellness innovation, along with certificates that range from school nurse and primary care to nurse education and nurse/health coaching.

The college’s two research centers – the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth and the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care – seek innovative solutions to real-world healthcare issues. The college received approximately $10.7 million in research awards in FY2019, including $4.3 million in NIH funding – #6 among public institutions and #13 overall. Its Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare promotes EBP worldwide and offers the first globally-recognized certificate of added qualification in EBP.

April 07, 2020

College of Nursing sets May 1 date for applications due to COVID-19 situation

The Ohio State University College of Nursing extended its application deadline for its nationally renowned online post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to May 1.

Leadership at the college pushed back the deadline by a month because of the hardships brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are seeing acts of heroism in real time from healthcare professionals across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak around the world,” said Kristine Browning, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, assistant dean for graduate clinical programs and associate professor of clinical nursing. “We want to make sure that those professionals who want to pursue our top-tier DNP degree have the time and space they need to complete their applications.”

Many classes in the online DNP program are offered synchronously, meaning they meet at a designated time where students are required to log in and participate in class. Last month, U.S. News & World Report released rankings that place the College of Nursing’s DNP degree program at #8 in the nation. Several DNP specialty tracks also earned high marks, including administration/management (#7) and leadership (#7 and #1 among public institutions).

March 17, 2020

U.S. News & World Report names College of Nursing master’s and doctoral nursing degree programs among best in the country

U.S. News & World Report released new rankings today that place The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program at #6 in the country (up from #8 last year) and its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at #8 (up from #19).

Several of the college’s specialty tracks in the MS in Nursing and DNP programs also earned high marks in the latest rankings:

  • Master’s – Nurse Practitioner (Family): #6
  • DNP – Administration/Management: #7
  • DNP – Leadership: #7 (#1 among public institutions)
  • DNP – Nurse Practitioner (Family): #10

“It is terrific that U.S. News & World Report confirmed that the comprehensive education our world-class faculty provides to our students ranks among the very best in the country,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Preparing top-notch advanced practice clinicians and healthcare leaders has never been more important. Our graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to transform health and improve lives because we teach them critical evidence-based skills and empower them to dream, discover and deliver a healthier world.”

“Our advanced degree programs are designed for graduates to practice at the top of their scope,” said Kristine Browning, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, assistant dean for graduate clinical programs and associate professor of clinical nursing. “These programs prepare students not only to provide great care for patients, but also to lead organizations that will confront and solve the major healthcare issues of our time.”

Previous rankings released in January placed the College of Nursing’s online bachelor’s and master’s programs among the nation’s best, as well. Our online master of science in nursing program ranked #4 in the country, and The Ohio State University’s online bachelor’s programs – of which the RN to BSN program constitutes more than half of the student population – ranked #1.

February 13, 2020

Proposal asks policymakers, healthcare leaders to support needs for culture change, resources

A new evidence-based policy brief released today addresses an alarming level of healthcare clinician burnout – and its consequential impact on patient care – and asks state policymakers and healthcare leaders to take urgent action to ensure safe and high-quality care.

A partnership of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) and the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare at The Ohio State University College of Nursing crafted the policy brief. It points to research that finds high rates of depression, anxiety, addiction and suicide among healthcare clinicians, which in turn can lead to dangerous medical errors and costly turnover:

  • Medical errors were the third-leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 250,000 deaths per year, according to a 2016 analysis. While clinician burnout is not the only factor contributing to medical errors, it does pose a significant threat to patient outcomes.
  • Burnout is estimated to be responsible for approximately $4.6 billion in costs related to physician turnover and reduced clinical hours.
  • Total estimated costs associated with nurse turnover for an average hospital were between $4.4 million and $6.9 million in 2018.

“This important partnership between our Fuld National Institute for Evidence-based Practice and HPIO spotlights the critical issue of clinician burnout and how we can improve population health, patient outcomes and healthcare quality across our state,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. “Healthcare professionals of all disciplines cannot take great care of their patients and families if they do not prioritize taking great care of themselves. However, healthcare organizations also must be proactive in supporting clinicians and addressing burnout and depression from a holistic perspective, including shift length, providing resources and building a culture that promotes well-being.”

“Our analysis of the research literature found that clinicians and health professional students face serious problems related to their health and well-being,” said Reem Aly, vice president of HPIO and co-author of the report. “Understanding the relationship between clinician well-being and patient care and safety enables state policymakers and healthcare leaders to implement evidence-informed policies and programs that improve outcomes for clinicians and their patients.”

The brief outlines several evidence-informed action steps that legislators, state agencies, health professional licensing boards and other leaders can champion to stem the tide of clinician burnout, including:

  • Advancing an organizational culture that supports wellness
  • Promoting wellness programming that reduces burnout and fosters resiliency in health professional clinicians and students
  • Providing confidential mental health screening, referral and treatment services for clinicians and students
  • Supporting policies that reduce stigma, including confidential monitoring and treatment programs as alternatives to discipline programs
  • Monitoring and tracking data on health professional clinician and student wellness

The full report and resource page can be accessed at www.hpio.net/a-call-to-action.

November 08, 2019

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio will be awarded the 2019 BizTech Nonprofit of the Year Award from Columbus Business First, the business news and information authority in Central Ohio.

Columbus Business First began the annual BizTech Awards five years ago in order to recognize promising startups, entrepreneurs and innovations in the city. The Innovation Studio is among 18 other businesses and individual entrepreneurs to win an award in one of eight different categories. This is the second year in a row that the Innovation Studio has received a BizTech award.

“The Innovation Studio is about people. People are our most valuable technology at Ohio State, and the Innovation Studio affords a new avenue for our students, faculty and staff to converge in solving the big problems that impact our community,” said Tim Raderstorf, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing. “Receiving the BizTech Nonprofit of the Year Award provides the Innovation Studio with a broad platform to connect and collaborate with the community and showcase our philosophy that every technology begins and ends with people.”

An award ceremony to celebrate the winner’s accomplishments will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at Vue Columbus in the Brewery District.

Watch our short video to learn more about the Innovation Studio.

July 31, 2019

Many of the 20 million new students starting college this fall will have to manage their health and well-being on their own for the first time. As families review materials related to classes, meals and housing, The Ohio State University Chief Wellness Officer and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have created a wellness checklist to help students develop a plan to maintain their well-being.

July 31, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has spotlighted The Ohio State University's efforts to reduce the growing concern of burnout among practicing clinicians and medical, nursing, and health sciences students and trainees.

Ohio State became the first university to be featured by NAM as a role model in wellness and prevention, per College of Nursing spokesperson Phil Saken.

July 31, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience released a comprehensive and groundbreaking case study today about how The Ohio State University is working to stem the growing epidemic of clinician burnout in healthcare settings.

June 12, 2019

Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, announced that the Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) application process for the 2019-20 academic year is now open.

The NFLP, funded by a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides funding to eligible doctoral students who are interested in becoming an educator after finishing their terminal degree. The program was created to address the growing shortage of nursing faculty across the country. In exchange for full-time, post-graduation employment as nurse faculty, this program authorizes cancelation of up to 85 percent of loans for a period of four years after graduation. Students who complete additional coursework through the college’s nurse educator certificate while enrolled in their doctoral program will receive distinct consideration.

You can find more details about the program, eligibility and a link to the application on the “Loans” page of the Ohio State University College of Nursing website. The deadline for applications and supporting materials is July 15, 2019.

March 12, 2019

Ohio State’s nursing program encourages its students to study abroad, and some programs even require it. But the students heading to Honduras during spring break are looking forward to more than just an academic experience.

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