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.

April 17, 2018
Second largest gift in the college’s history will support faculty and PhD student research, as well as renovations for the center.

The Pitzer Family Foundation has pledged a transformational $3 million gift to The Ohio State University College of Nursing in memory of former faculty member and alumna Martha S. Pitzer, who earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1974 and her master of science in nursing in 1976. In recognition of Pitzer’s passion for women and children’s health and pending The Ohio State University Board of Trustee approval, the family’s gift will establish the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth and fund cutting-edge research projects that target the improvement of health and well-being outcomes of vulnerable populations and its translation into real-world settings.  

“This generous gift will provide support to our world-class nurse scientists and PhD students for their innovative research that seeks to develop real-world solutions for some of the most prevalent health and well-being problems affecting women, children and adolescents,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “We are incredibly grateful to Martha’s husband, Russ, and the entire Pitzer family for their generosity and support of this important work. Naming the center in memory of Martha honors her legacy as a passionate advocate and specialist in women and children’s health.” 

The mission of the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth is to build outstanding research teams of expert faculty and doctoral students that generate new knowledge and develop evidence-based interventions that can be translated into lifesaving action. This gift will help the center emerge as the world’s leader in generating innovative research and scaling it swiftly to enhance population health and well-being for women, children and youth. 

The College of Nursing plans to celebrate the Pitzer family and their lifesaving investment with a special reception later this year.

September 23, 2017

The Ohio State University received national accolades for its tobacco-free policy as the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presented its Silver Award in the HHS Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI).

Capt. Jim Lando, regional health administrator for the HHS, presented the award to Ohio State’s tobacco-free implementation committee and executive sponsors today, highlighting Ohio State’s comprehensive policy.

“We help students prepare for productive lives after they leave Ohio State. One of the most important assets they can take with them is their health and wellness,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for student life at The Ohio State University. “This award recognizes our efforts to provide students with the opportunity to have a bright, healthy future.”

“Here at Ohio State, we are deeply committed to building the healthiest university in the world,” Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and associate vice president for health promotion said. “Creating a culture and environment of wellness is key to promoting and sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors and making healthy choices the easy choices for our students, faculty and staff to make. Our tobacco-free initiative is one of many key initiatives to improve our population’s health and wellness.”

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages and all outside areas. (Read the full policy at tobaccofree.osu.edu.)

“Cigarette smoking alone is responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs and fires combined,” Lando, said. “Almost all smokers begin tobacco use by age 26, making college and university campuses a critical target for tobacco-use prevention and cessation efforts.”

In order to qualify for the TFCCI award and carry the title of tobacco-free, colleges must adhere to a number of criteria including but not limited to: not having tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship permitted on campus property and the prevention of sale of any tobacco product or paraphernalia produced by the university for distribution on campus.

The TFCCI Challenge's ultimate goal is to have all colleges and universities be 100-percent smoke or tobacco free by 2017.

February 17, 2017

Multi-funder initiative aims to help reach Institute of Medicine goal to build next generation of PhD-prepared nursing leaders 

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is one of only 28 nursing schools nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. The college will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

“The Future of Nursing Scholars program is making an incredible impact in real time," said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director, Nightingale professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. "These nurses will complete their PhDs in three years, a much quicker progression than is typically seen in nursing PhD programs.”

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Northwell Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, Rush University Medical Center, Care Institute Group and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to nursing schools this year.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is receiving its grant from RWJF. It will select two scholars this spring who will begin 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 fourth cohort of scholars in the Future of Nursing Scholars program,” said Rita Pickler, PhD, The FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and director of the PhD and master of nursing science program at the Ohio State College of Nursing. "This was our first year to apply for the Future of Nursing Scholars program. The timing was right for us; we have a newly revised PhD curriculum that builds on our tradition of excellence and advances the preparation of future nurse scientists. We are excited that two of our new PhD students will have the opportunity to have their doctoral work financially supported, and will receive additional leadership development training at the same time through RWJF, via in-person and online activities as a supplement to our PhD curriculum. We expect that our participating students will be even better prepared to transform healthcare through research and the translation of evidence into practice and policy, while also educating and inspiring the next generation of nurses.”

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates; doing so will prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health, promote nurse-led science and discovery and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. The Future of Nursing Scholars program is intended to help address that recommendation.

“We were pleased to see that enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased 160 percent from 2010 to 2014," said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF senior adviser for nursing. "However, we want to ensure that we also have PhD-prepared nurse leaders in faculty and research roles. In the same time period, PhD enrollment has only increased by 14.6 percent. The nurses funded through the Future of Nursing Scholars program will make important contributions to the field and be well prepared to mentor other nurses.”

The 51 nurses supported in this round will join 109 scholars across the three previous cohorts. The program plans to add a fifth cohort which will bring the number of funded scholars to more than 200 nurses. 

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 19, 2016

A graduate of the College of Nursing, who helped fight Ebola in West Africa and treated patients in Haiti, has been awarded for his early career achievements by The Ohio State University Alumni Association.

John Welch was presented with the 2016 William Oxley Thompson Award, given to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both. 

“We are so very proud to call him one of our own,” said Colleen Pelasky, BA, assistant director for alumni engagement for the College of Nursing. “He has unwaveringly and selflessly served local and international communities and made important contributions to the world of healthcare along the way. John embodies our college’s vision to achieve what others consider impossible.”

Following his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Ohio State in 2003, Welch earned a master’s degree from Boston College. He later worked as a pediatric and cardiac critical-care nurse in Columbus, Ohio; California; Washington D.C.; and Australia. In 2012, he joined Boston Children’s Hospital as an associate nurse anesthetist before being promoted to senior nurse anesthetist in March 2014, specializing in pediatric cardiac anesthesia.

While working at Boston Children’s Hospital, Welch joined the Boston-based healthcare and social justice nongovernmental organization Partners in Health (PIH) in 2013. PIH works to address the root causes of illness for many suffering from poverty or marginalization caused by injustice. Welch’s introduction to global health came when PIH opened a 300-bed teaching hospital, University Hospital Mirabalais (UHM) in Haiti’s impoverished rural Central Plateau district.

Welch’s role in Haiti was a combination of anesthesia practice, teaching, mentorship, advocacy, program development, operations management and even student. Through a massive amount of time, effort and perseverance, Welch helped UHM improve in a major way. By September 2014, UHM was performing nearly 300 surgeries per month, more than any hospital in Haiti. The anesthesia-related mortality rate declined, surgical schedule efficiency increased and the UHM nurse anesthesia program he helped guide welcomed its first class of students.

Welch’s lengthy list of career accomplishments might earn him the label of overachiever for a 35-year-old. Yet his drive is not rooted in a desire to gain kudos, rather in a longtime discomfort with inequality. As a high-school student, Welch accompanied his church group from Woodville, Ohio, for a week-long trip to Columbus to help set up summer Bible school for youth at a Christian church on the city’s south side.

“A lot of kids would turn up without shoes or would be clearly there for the snack time and it just really struck me that we can sing songs and we can glue macaroni on paper but what these kids need is for us to stay and to provide something other than just singing songs about God,’’ he said. “At the end of that week, I was just unsettled by the fact that that was enough for any of us.”

Welch’s ambition to care for the health needs of vulnerable populations led him to West Africa in 2014 to help fight Ebola. After special training in Liberia to work in an Ebola treatment unit, Welch helped PIH roll out treatment units in multiple districts in Liberia.

When transmission of Ebola raged in Sierra Leone, Welch turned his attention there. In the short run, Welch helped the treatment units there improve the quality of care and increase the pipeline of medical supplies; in the long run, he leveraged the work of his PIH teams to improve the Ebola response nationwide. By January 2015, PIH had opened 21 Ebola facilities across six districts. In Welch’s seven months in West Africa, PIH cared for nearly 2,000 suspected Ebola patients.

Being back in the United States for the past year, Welch had a chance to return to a regular sleep schedule, yet that left him yearning for the rigors of his schedule in West Africa and Haiti.

“I long for the 20-hour days and the seven-day work weeks. When you’re in the field doing the work, you think a lot about being at home. When you’re at home, the only thing you can think about is being out in the field and doing the work.”

Days after receiving his Alumni Association Award, Welch was on a flight to Haiti to work with victims of the most recent hurricane.

May 19, 2016

Today, The Ohio State University and the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) launched a new partnership to address women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women, by screening and educating college-aged women about the risks of heart disease and key steps for preventing the disease.

Ohio State will support WHA's efforts to collect and analyze survey data to learn more about young women and heart disease. Known as a “silent killer,” cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates and the prevalence of CVD risk factors are increasing the fastest among young women, especially African-American and Latina women. And death rates from heart disease have been virtually stagnant in young women over the last two decades.

Partnership activities this fall will include:

  • Million Hearts® #getHeartChecked screening for college-aged women and men to help educate them about the risks facing their mothers, sisters, wives and girlfriends
  • panel discussion on women’s heart health with Ohio State and WHA leaders
  • Buckeye football game dedicated to heart health in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 29th
  • campus-wide, group physical activity to call attention to the importance of a maintaining a healthy heart
  • HackOHI/O 2016 codeathon to give students an opportunity to develop a mobile health app designed to provide women with information and tools to manage their personal risk for heart disease

“For too long, we’ve been conditioned to see heart disease as an old man’s problem," Barba Streisand, co-founder of WHA. "But a woman dies nearly every 80 seconds from heart disease, and women who have heart attacks are more likely than men to die within a year. We need to come together to fight for gender equity in women’s heart health and to make preventing heart disease a young woman’s priority."

“In the United States, heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined,” said Ronald O. Perelman, co-founder of WHA and chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Inc. “Yet, 45 percent of women are unaware that it’s their No. 1 threat. We need awareness, education and advocacy to tackle this epidemic. We cannot leave women’s health to chance.”

“Ohio State is pleased to partner with the Women’s Heart Alliance in the fight against cardiovascular disease,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “From our bench-to-bedside expertise in cardiac research and care to our participation in the Million Hearts® Initiative, we are committed to educating more individuals — including college-aged students— about the risks and symptoms of heart disease.”

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty declared her support for the partnership because of her own personal experience with heart disease: “I want to help educate young women in my district, across Ohio and beyond about the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, so they develop heart-healthy behaviors long before the symptoms of heart disease ever develop. It is imperative to start early; no one is immune [to] heart attack or stroke, I know firsthand—I suffered a stroke when I was just 50 years old. I am proud to support The Ohio State University, the flagship university of Ohio, in this effort to spread the word to all women.”

"Heart disease is deadly, but it's also largely preventable," said British Robinson, CEO of WHA. “Through screening and educating women earlier in life about risk factors for heart disease, we can help reduce heart disease in women, or prevent it altogether.”

WHA and Ohio State are both members of the Million Hearts® initiative, a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Million Hearts® initiative invited Ohio State to be its first university partner to help achieve the goal of preventing one million strokes and heart attacks by 2017.


About the Women's Heart Alliance

The Women's Heart Alliance was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease. It’s a unique collaboration between two of America’s leading medical institutions—the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center—and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman. Learn more at fighttheladykiller.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, @FightLadyKiller, and Instagram, @fighttheladykiller.


About The Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 65,000 students (including 59,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 15 colleges, 80 centers and nearly 200 majors and specialties, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, sciences and professions.

April 19, 2016

Summit planned for Oct. 18-20, 2017, to officially launch the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare

A transformational $6.5 million grant has been awarded to The Ohio State University College of Nursing to establish The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. This institute will be the national hub for the teaching of best practices to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes, working with healthcare systems to implement and sustain evidence-based practice (EBP), and conducting research to determine best strategies to translate evidence-based interventions into real world clinical settings.

“This hugely impactful grant will enable us to rapidly accelerate our current efforts with nursing colleges and healthcare systems across the United States to teach, implement and sustain EBP,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare is urgently needed to revolutionize the future of healthcare and ensure the best patient outcomes.”

EBP is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of healthcare that integrates the best evidence from well-designed studies with a clinician’s expertise and patients’ preferences and values. Multiple studies have shown that evidence-based practice improves healthcare quality and patient outcomes while reducing costs.

“Evidence-based practice by clinicians from all disciplines is critical to improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes as well as reducing costs,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “We are grateful for the opportunity to advance our patient care and nursing education while serving as a national model for evidence-based practice and working with other institutions across the nation.”

The new institute will accelerate and expand the efforts of the College of Nursing’s Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice (CTEP), including:

  • working with nursing faculty across the nation to integrate EBP throughout their curriculums to produce the highest caliber of evidence-based nursing graduates
  • educating nursing students at all levels and nurses on how to access the latest gold standards of care and also how to implement as well as to sustain EBP
  • assisting nursing leaders and in hospitals and healthcare systems to advance and sustain evidence-based care to improve the safety and quality of care that is provided to patients and families
  • conducting research on the most effective interventions to teach and rapidly accelerate the translation of evidence-based interventions into clinical settings
  • providing a web site of the best practices and resources to enhance healthcare quality and core performance metrics
  • conducting national webinars and summits on the best and latest evidence to guide the best nursing practice

“In Buckeye Nation, we teach everyone to dream big and accomplish the impossible to transform healthcare and transform lives. We also walk the talk,” said Melnyk, who will lead the efforts of the new national institute with her colleague Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, DPFNAP, NE-BC, current director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice at the college. “The Ohio State University College of Nursing is indeed a place where dreams become reality.”

Melnyk is an internationally renowned leader in EBP and intervention research. She is the author of the book Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, now in its third edition, and the editor of the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. She and Gallagher-Ford, also a nationally recognized expert in EBP, recently published research in Worldviews, showing that implementation of EBP among chief nurses and their hospitals is relatively low.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. In 1935, Leonhard Felix Fuld and his sister, Florentine, created a foundation in honor of their mother, Helene.

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, EBP and unsurpassed wellness. As part of the largest health science campus in the United States, the College of Nursing offers seven innovative academic programs. The college’s graduate nursing programs are among the top four percent in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, while its online graduate program is ranked 4th, and its RN to BSN program is ranked 7th as part of Ohio State’s ranking for online bachelor’s degree programs. Annual college enrollment is nearly 2,000 students. The college celebrated its centennial in 2014.

August 25, 2015

The Ohio State University has achieved silver-level status in the HealthLead™ Workplace reaccreditation, demonstrating Ohio State's increased engagement and initiation of positive changes to further instill a culture of health and well-being, the nonprofit US Healthiest announced today.

Through a two-step reaccreditation process, including completion of an online assessment and a site audit, Ohio State advanced from its bronze status achieved in 2012 to silver status. Since its initial accreditation in 2012 at the bronze level, Ohio State has continued to strengthen, build and expand its comprehensive integrative model to optimize health and wellness to improve population health.

Over the last four years, Ohio State's Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, along with the Buckeye Wellness and Your Plan for Health teams, escalated change, created the One University Health and Wellness Council and expanded data collection and communication initiatives across the university. Additionally, Ohio State has increased its activism and role as a convener within the employer and university spaces through its leadership and involvement in nationally recognized consortiums, including the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC).

“I am continually impressed with [Ohio State's] commitment to and evolution of health and well-being. Not only are they HealthLead Workplace-accredited; but they are also HealthLead Academic Community-accredited, meaning that they focus on and create a culture that emphasizes and values the health and well-being of both their employee and student populations, ” said Nick Baird, MD, CEO of US Healthiest. “What stuck out to me the most was four years ago, they stated their goal of being the healthiest university on the globe; and they remain focused on that goal and continue to take action in making it happen!”

Silver-level accreditation represents an integrated and comprehensive approach to employee health and well-being, while demonstrating positive outcomes that positively affect the organization’s bottom line.

“The HealthLead Accreditation process has been extremely beneficial as we strive to achieve our vision of becoming the healthiest university in the world,” said Melnyk. “Through the accreditation process, we receive important feedback on our strengths as well as areas needing improvement with helpful strategies for strengthening our approach in building a culture and environment that makes healthy lifestyle behaviors the social norm.”

The Ohio State University, along with 18 other public, private, governmental and academic organizations that are HealthLead Workplace accredited, represents employers who have invested in developing and sustaining an integrated, comprehensive approach to employee health and well-being aligned with their respective business strategy. Nationwide Insurance, Target, CDC and HealthPartners are among other employers representing various sizes and industries that are HealthLead accredited. To maintain accreditation status, organizations go through reaccreditation every three years.

About HealthLead

In 2012, US Healthiest created the HealthLead Accreditation Program to recognize public and private sector organizations that demonstrate best practices in employee or academic community health management and well-being. HealthLead is designed to set the standard for workplace and campus health management by expanding the definition and breadth of health to include integrated well-being information and support services, individual/group engagement strategies and leadership in community health issues.


About 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 sciences campus in the United States, 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.