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 13, 2013

At its annual conference on March 7-10, 2013, The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) recognized Donna McCarthy, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and Mildred E. Newton Professor of Nursing, as a 2013 Senior Scientist.

McCarthy was lauded for her extensive research on the biology of sickness symptoms. She is the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary team that recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate fatigue in cancer patients, one of the most commonly reported symptoms among this population. Her study investigates the role of cytokines, depression and muscle wasting as primary factors associated with cancer-related fatigue.

Professional service to promote nursing research and mentorship of early stage researchers has held a prominent place in McCarthy’s career. She is on the editorial boards of the Biological Research for Nursing and Western Journal of Nursing research journals and has served on the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science education steering committee and the board of the MNRS. She was awarded the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from The Ohio State University Office of Undergraduate Research and has been a consultant and evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.

The MNRS Senior Scientist Recognition Program provides recognition by peers for members’ scholarly achievements, mentorship and service and represents the highest class of membership. Every year, the MNRS presents awards to selected members of the society who have made significant and notable contributions to the field of nursing through research.

Past Senior Scientist Award recipients from the College of Nursing include Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, current dean of the College of Nursing, in 2012; Pamela J. Salsberry, PhD, RN, in 2011; and Karen Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN, in 2009.

April 16, 2012

With less than seven months’ tenure at The Ohio State University, Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing, was recognized as a 2012 Senior Scientist by the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) at its annual conference.

The MNRS Senior Scientist Recognition Program provides recognition by peers for members’ scholarly achievements, mentorship and service and represents the highest class of membership. Every year, the MNRS presents awards to selected members of the society who have made significant and notable contributions to the field of nursing through research.

Melnyk was chosen for her accomplishments as an internationally recognized expert in intervention research, evidence-based practice (EBP) and child and adolescent mental health. She is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics and has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through sustaining EBP.

Her record includes over $11 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and more than 180 publications. Melnyk is editor of four books, including the well-known Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare and a new book entitled Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding.

Melnyk is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice. She recently served a four-year term on the United States Preventive Services Task Force. In 2011, she received the inaugural National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research Director’s Lectureship Award and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s Research Hall of Fame. She has twice been recognized as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing, most recently for her COPE Program for parents of premature infants.

Past Senior Scientist Award recipients from the College of Nursing include Pamela J. Salsberry, PhD, RN, in 2011; and Karen Ahijevych, PhD, RN, FAAN, in 2009.