October 22, 2019
Program explores keto eating, other interventions and impact on cardiovascular risk for African American women

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has awarded a one-year, $50,000 Hillman Emergent Innovation Program grant to two research faculty from The Ohio State University College of Nursing for their program, “Keto Prescribed: Translating Ketogenic Research into Clinical Practice.” Sigma Theta Tau International has also awarded the project a $20,000 American Nurses Credentialing Center Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant to fund the initial round of participants.

The project’s proposal states that “this nurse practitioner-led health coaching program incorporates ketogenic eating and culturally competent mental/physical health interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk and increase quality of life for adult African American women.” Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women (one out of every three women). Research shows not only a growing prevalence of obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes in African American women, but also that there are opportunities for changes in lifestyle behaviors to help improve well-being for African American women, who are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

“We are grateful for the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation’s and Sigma Theta Tau International's support of a program that we believe will be life-changing for this population of women,” said Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FNAP, FAAN, professor of clinical nursing at the College of Nursing and the principal investigator for this project. “We are taking a holistic approach of combining nutrition under keto principles with other appropriate interventions to transform the health of these women and impact their lives in meaningful ways.”

According to the project proposal, “Keto Prescribed” will create a nurse practitioner-led, interdisciplinary team-based model of care in a community setting. The activities planned through the program include community and online group interactions; physical checks to measure outcomes of areas such as weight, body mass index and blood pressure; and evaluations using surveys to measure progress in participants’ quality of life and the feasibility and acceptability of the dietary intervention.

“I’m so inspired by the potential of this program,” said Audra Hanners, MSN, RN, APRN-CNP. Hanners, an instructor of clinical practice at the College of Nursing, is assisting with this program. “We are working to clear barriers to better health for African American women, and the commitment from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation and Sigma Theta Tau International is crucial to this mission.”

According to its website, the Hillman Emergent Innovation Program supports forward-thinking nurses who create “bold, early-stage (pre-evidence or untested) interventions that target health and health care needs for vulnerable populations, including groups that are economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations and others.”

The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International, which was founded in 1922 at what is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, is "advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service."

People interested in participating in the program can find more information here.

May 21, 2019

Telehealth – the use of communication technologies to provide healthcare services remotely – offers both patient convenience and a promising solution to the crisis of limited healthcare access in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) across the United States. Its use is spreading widely and, at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, we teach telehealth techniques across our curriculum, both on campus and online.

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.

November 16, 2018

In the United States there are up to 400,000 unintended patient deaths every year. Additionally, receiving healthcare is the third leading cause of death in the country. The Institute of Medicine established a goal that by 2020, 90 percent of all healthcare decisions would be evidence based. Today, only 30 percent of decisions are evidence based, which has led to patients receiving roughly 55 percent of the care that they require when entering the current healthcare system.

In an effort to bridge the gap, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare at The Ohio State University College of Nursing has launched the first and only globally recognized professional evidence-based practice certificate of added qualification (EBP-C). The goal of earning the EBP-C is to demonstrate the expertise that a holder uses evidence to make decisions that improve healthcare for not only patients and their families, but also healthcare providers and their practitioners. Upon completion of the CAQ, healthcare professionals in education or practice will be awarded an EBP certificate of added qualification for a period of five years.

“EBP will help us reach the Quadruple Aim in healthcare,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP- FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, executive director of the Fuld Institute for EBP, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer, dean and professor in the College of Nursing. “Evidence-based practice increases healthcare quality and safety, decreases costs and empowers clinicians to be freely engaged and excited when they come to work every single day.”

Healthcare professionals are experiencing increased levels of burnout and dissatisfaction with their jobs. Evidence-based practice is a strategy to assist healthcare providers in meeting the Quadruple Aim. The Quadruple Aim focuses on creating better outcomes for patients, improving the patient experience, lowering costs and improving the overall clinician experience.

The EBP-C demonstrates expertise in EBP and denotes that the successful applicant has completed the required education component. While EBP may have the most immediate impact with practitioners and clinicians, educating future healthcare professionals is an important long-term outcome. In an effort to improve the future of healthcare overall, the Fuld Institute for EBP is working to imbed evidence-based practice as part of every curriculum as this is how today’s students will practice as tomorrow’s professionals.

“A certificate of added qualification in evidence-based practice demonstrates that the holder is an expert in EBP,” said Cindy Beckett, PhD, RNC-OB, LCCE, CHRC, LSS-BB, director of the evidence-based practice certificate programs in the Fuld Institute for EBP and assistant professor in the College of Nursing. “Each person that obtains this certificate of added qualification can lead and mentor integration of best practice changes to positively impact individual and organizational goals.”

Visit the Fuld Institute for EBP to learn more and apply for the EBP-C program.

August 01, 2018

The National League of Nursing (NLN) announced it has named The Ohio State University College of Nursing an NLN Center of Excellence (COE). The college will be formally recognized during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit, on Friday, Sept. 14. Fifteen other nursing programs nationwide, across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites, shared the distinction of being named NLN Centers of Excellence this year.

“This continuing designation recognizes our excellence in creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development,” said Cindy AndersonPhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation and associate professor at the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at the College of Nursing. “The recognition is based on exceptional outcomes in socializing students to new roles, professional involvement, commitment to lifelong learning and creativity. Our innovative program design and curricula prepare graduates to LIVE WELL and to engage in high quality evidence-based practice and conduct cutting-edge research needed for the future of health and healthcare. Our exceptional faculty lead these efforts that make real differences for students and the individuals, families and communities they serve.” 

The LIVE WELL (teaching students to Lead, Innovate, Vision, Execute and be Wellness-focused, Evidence-based, Life-long learners, and Lights for the world) philosophy at the College of Nursing, Anderson said, guides the full complement of academic programs, supporting faculty in providing a learning environment that teaches students how to dream, discover and deliver.

"Congratulations to these exceptional institutions who comprise the 2018 class of NLN Centers of Excellence," said NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer and professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "The individuals behind this label, the faculty, deans and administrators, deserve our deepest gratitude for creating and sustaining educational excellence in nursing. COE faculty and staff bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education."

"Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community," NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said.

Each year since 2004, the NLN invites nursing schools to apply to become a COE in Nursing Education institution based on their ability to demonstrate in measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research or student learning and professional development.

For more information, click here.

About the 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 more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

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.

May 24, 2018

Nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates, recipients of the prestigious American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 2018 State Award for Excellence, will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2018 National Conference June 26-July 1, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, of Columbus, Ohio, will be among the recipients honored. 

The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner (NP) who demonstrates excellence in practice. In 1993, the State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate was added to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs.

Gawlik graduated with her doctorate of nursing practice in 2015 from The Ohio State University, and she is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult and family nurse practitioner.

She has experience in family practice, urgent care and reproductive care with clinical interests in population health, preventative medicine, clinician health and well-being, health professionals’ education and cardiovascular disease prevention. Gawlik is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at The Ohio State University and has been teaching for eight years. Gawlik has taught advanced-practice nursing and leadership courses, and she serves as a clinical preceptor for advanced-practice nursing students. 

She has served as the project manager for the Million Hearts initiatives at The Ohio State University College of Nursing since 2013. Gawlik was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017 at the college. Gawlik will also be inducted as a Fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at the annual AANP conference. 

The AANP is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 234,000 NPs practicing in the United States today, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their roles as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized healthcare. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other healthcare consumers.

For more information, visit aanp.org. To locate a nurse practitioner in your area, visit npfinder.com.

March 12, 2018

Are you ready to advance in your nursing career? Don’t miss your chance to join Ohio State’s top-ranked nursing master’s degree program.   

The Ohio State University College of Nursing will continue to accept applications for autumn 2018 admission to the master of science in nursing. This application window will be open for a limited time, from March 12 to April 2. All application materials are due by Monday, April 2, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The college is reopening the application for specific specialties, including:

Our master’s in nursing program provides a broad range of clinical and classroom-based education with a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice. You’ll be taught by world-renowned faculty who will provide you with a solid background on the theory and foundations of nursing and expose you to the latest technology and ideas in nursing. 

For more information on the specific admission requirements for the graduate entry, traditional and post-master’s options, please visit our master’s program webpage. 

It’s time to dream, discover and deliver a brighter future for healthcare with Ohio State. 


If you previously started an application and did not complete it by the deadline or received an admission decision for the nursing master’s program for summer or fall 2018, please contact our Student Affairs Office at nursing@osu.edu for information on how you can reapply during this application window.


January 16, 2018

For the first time, The Ohio State University College of Nursing ranked in the nation's top 10 for master’s and undergraduate online education, according to 2015 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, announced today.

Ohio State’s online master’s programs in nursing jumped to sixth in the nation for 2015, from 32nd in 2014 and 47th in 2013. Rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity.

Ohio State also ranked eighth for online bachelor’s degree programs, which includes the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program.

“We are delighted that our outstanding and innovative faculty, staff and curricula have been recognized among the very best in the nation,” said Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “At the College of Nursing, our online students receive the same high-caliber education as students on campus. They graduate from our programs with superb knowledge and skills to promote health and transform healthcare.”

The College of Nursing started the full-time online program in 2010 after receiving competitive federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce for the development of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner online programs.

The mission of the Ohio State College of Nursing is to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. More information is available at nursing.osu.edu.

Full details of the U.S. News rankings and methodologies are available at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing/rankings?int=a4f009.

January 11, 2018

A new survey of United States nurses by The Ohio State University College of Nursing indicates marked deficits in evidence-based practice (EBP) competency. The study’s authors find that these deficits threaten the ability to provide high-quality, safe and cost-effective care.

Published recently in Worldviews in Evidence-Based Nursing, the Ohio State research team’s anonymous online survey of 2,344 nurses working in 19 hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide found that nurses reported they were not yet fully competent in meeting the profession’s 24 EBP competencies.

EBP is a life-long, problem-solving approach to clinical practice that integrates the best evidence from well-designed studies with a patient's preferences and values and a clinician's expertise. Findings from multiple studies have supported that, when patients receive evidence-based care from healthcare providers, healthcare quality, safety and patient outcomes improve and costs decline. EBP also empowers clinicians and leads to higher levels of engagement, teamwork and job satisfaction. However, research has shown that multiple barriers prevent clinicians from consistently implementing EBP, including inadequate knowledge and skills in EBP, barriers in academia that impede how EBP is taught, healthcare cultures that are steeped in tradition (e.g., “that is the way we do it here”), misperceptions about the time it takes to implement EBP, leaders and managers who do not embrace, model and support EBP and lack of EBP mentors available to assist point-of-care providers with evidence-based care. 

Nurses who responded to the survey were asked to report their level of competency for each of the 24 EBP competencies on a scale spanning four categories – “not competent,” “need improvement,” “competent” and “highly competent.” For all but one category, respondents reported falling between the “need improvement” and “competent” levels. Nurses reported themselves as not competent in leading transdisciplinary teams to implement EBP.  

“Our findings concern us greatly because lack of competency in and delivery of EBP threatens the quality and safety of healthcare and hinders our efforts to ensure positive outcomes for patients,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, who led the study. Melnyk serves as vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and professor and dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio State. She is also executive director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare, which is based at Ohio State.

Other key findings included:

  • Nurses with stronger beliefs in the value of EBP reported higher competency levels.
  • Younger nurses and those with higher levels of education, (i.e., master’s degrees), reported higher EBP competency.
  • EBP competency scores were not significantly different between nurses who worked in Magnet-designated hospitals and non-Magnet facilities.
  • Nurses with higher knowledge of EBP reported greater competency.
  • Nurses who had more mentorship in EBP and worked in cultures that support it reported higher levels of competency. 

“Clearly, educators and healthcare leaders must intensify their efforts to provide the infrastructure, culture and educational resources to ensure that nurses and other health professionals are competent in delivering evidence-based care,” Melnyk said. “Academic programs that prepare nurses and all health professionals should ensure competency in EBP in students by the time of graduation, and healthcare systems should set it as an expectation and ongoing standard for all clinicians.”

Joining Melnyk in designing and conducting the survey were six Ohio State colleagues: Lynn Gallagher-Ford, RN, PhD, DPFNAP, NE-BC, FAAN; Cindy Zellefrow, RN, DNP, LSN, PHNA-BC;  Sharon Tucker, RN, PhD, FAAN; Bindu Thomas, MEd, MS; Loraine T. Sinnott, PhD; and Alai Tan, PhD.