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 preterm infants, which is responsible for a large percentage of population neurodevelopment impairments, but has not been subject to as much study as early preterm 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. 

Apply now 

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 here.

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.

December 12, 2017

RWJF announces the fifth and final cohort for innovative program

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. The College of Nursing will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

“Our fifth cohort of scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who are already making significant contributions to the field," Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars programs co-director and Nightingale professor of nursing and chair of the department of biobehavioral health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, said. "This program is designed to empower nurse leaders to progress efficiently. The selected scholars will complete their PhDs in an expedited three-year time frame."

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates. While enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased exponentially, PhD enrollment has seen less growth. The Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed to increase PhD-prepared nurses. Doing so will ensure that more nurses are conducting vital research and will also help address the nurse faculty shortage.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year. Ohio State is receiving its grant from RWJF. It will select scholars in April and those students will attend a boot camp with the Future of Nursing Scholars program this summer and their PhD studies this fall.

"It is an honor to have been selected for funding for the fifth cohort of scholars in the Future of Nursing Scholars program,” says Rita Pickler, PhD, The FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and Director of the PhD and master's in nursing science program at the College of Nursing. "We are excited to be able to offer this funding to two of our new PhD students who will be admitted for autumn 2018. These scholars will have the opportunity to have their doctoral work financially supported while also receiving additional leadership development training through the RWJF as a supplement to our PhD curriculum. We expect our participating students will be even better prepared to transform healthcare through research while also educating and inspiring the next generation of nurses.”

“When this program concludes, we will have graduated more than 200 PhD prepared nurses," Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF's senior adviser for nursing, said. "RWJF is thrilled to see the program succeed so well, and we are very thankful for the other funders who have joined us in support of this work."

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans. It is striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit rwjf.org.

Follow the Foundation on Twitter at rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at rwjf.org/facebook.

October 09, 2017

Faculty Rita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).


Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and director of the PhD and MS in Nursing Science Programs at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.


The advisory council meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second-level review of grant applications that have previously been reviewed for scientific merit. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.


Pickler’s research focuses on the care of the preterm infant with a particular focus on improving neurodevelopmental outcomes. She also studies mechanisms underlying preterm birth, interventions to reduce preterm delivery and infant mortality and transitions to home for families of preterm infants.


Pickler has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study sections; she recently completed a term as chair of the Nursing Research Review Committee. Pickler is an editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of the research methods column of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.


Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law and economics. NINR, a component of NIH, is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.


October 09, 2017

Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed the editor-in-chief of Nursing Research, the official journal of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) and the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and director of the PhD program at the College of Nursing. The January/February 2018 issue of Nursing Research will be the first of her tenure as editor-in-chief. Read more.

April 21, 2017

Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) now have an online option to comply with Ohio House Bill 216. The Ohio State University College of Nursing has developed two online courses: advanced pharmacology across the lifespan and advanced neonatal pharmacology. APRNs may choose the course that best suits their needs according to the population they serve.

House Bill 216 replaces the certificate of authority (COA) and the certificate to prescribe (CTP) with licensure and requires advanced practice nurses in the state of Ohio to have a current CTP or to complete 45 hours of advanced pharmacology within five years preceding licensure. Each of the online courses meets the 45-hour requirement. In addition, the courses offer an easy-to-follow online format. Self-paced modules will include narrated lectures, handouts that can be downloaded and printed for reference and quizzes that are graded pass/fail. Sections can be retaken, and there is no additional homework. Both courses are priced at $490.

Registration is now open for both online courses and will begin July 1. Register at go.osu.edu/pharm.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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: go.osu.edu/iwillhelpyou.

You can also follow the initiative on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/iwillhelpyou
Twitter: @IWillHelpYouOrg
Instagram: @i_will_help_you_initiative