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 05, 2020

State-funded scholarships available for RN to BSN students

The Ohio State University College of Nursing has once again received significant funding from the Choose Ohio First scholarship program to offer to students in its RN to BSN program. The college will host an informational event on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Newton Hall, room 264 to discuss the RN to BSN program and how to qualify for the Choose Ohio First scholarship. The event is open to any students who are interested in starting the RN to BSN program in either summer or autumn 2020 and need financial assistance. Students must be in their final year of the associate degree program at one of the college’s partner schools through Path2BSN or already have an RN license.

Choose Ohio First, according to the website for the Ohio Chancellor, “is designed to significantly strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) disciplines and STEMM education” as part of efforts to bolster the state’s economy and ensure a pipeline of workforce-ready professionals. This scholarship targets “innovative” programs for undergraduate and qualified graduate students in STEMM areas, including those that meet the educational needs of the state of Ohio. Statistics continue to demonstrate an urgent need for more educated and qualified nurses in the healthcare field, and the RN to BSN program is a critical pathway for filling that need.

The College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program comprises more than 50% of Ohio State’s online bachelor’s degree offerings, which U.S. News & World Report recently ranked No. 1 in the nation. This online program waives all textbook costs, which is a significant cost savings to students.

“Our RN to BSN program is a point of pride for our university because of the passionate students and faculty who carry out its mission of preparing healthcare leaders of the future,” said Wendy Bowles, assistant dean for baccalaureate programs. “The Choose Ohio First scholarship is a great option to help our students finance their education and pursue their dreams.”

Scholarships are projected to total more than $70,000 this year for qualified RN to BSN students and are awarded based on factors including grade-point average, financial need and residency status. The deadline to apply for the Choose Ohio First scholarship is April 15 for Summer 2020 applicants and July 15 for Autumn 2020 applicants. Interested students can email academic advisor Lindsey Lee at lee.8372@osu.edu with any questions.

March 06, 2019
National group aims to realign healthcare to meet the needs of all Americans

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The influential national group Women of Impact has selected Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, from The Ohio State University College of Nursing as part of its fourth cohort of members. Women of Impact is a group of high-profile female executives representing all sectors of the healthcare industry across the country who share the goal of realigning the healthcare system to meet the needs of all Americans.

Morrison-Beedy, who serves as chief talent and global strategy officer and the Centennial Professor for the College of Nursing, was selected after a competitive national process that included interviews to determine her commitment both to the process and to creating a measurable impact that makes a lasting difference.

“I am honored and privileged to join this esteemed group of influential trailblazers who are dedicated to the cause of improving healthcare across the United States,” Morrison-Beedy said. “Women of Impact allows nationally-recognized female healthcare leaders to focus on creating a lasting legacy by undertaking leadership initiatives with a purpose and for a purpose.”

“Membership is by invitation because it is not about being bigger, but creating a group that can both support each other and together affect real change in healthcare,” said Joanne Conroy, MD, Women of Impact founder and CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “Defining an individual desired legacy and committing to having an impact as an individual is the glue that holds the individual cohort and group together. It is what energizes us and refocuses us and is transformative even for the most experienced leaders.”

Women of Impact seeks to apply the concept of collective impact to advance those legacies in addressing complex problems in healthcare and critical concerns prominent in the national conversation.

February 19, 2019

The Franklin County commissioners approved more than $1 million Tuesday for crib distributions, health-care efforts and tobacco cessation programs, all aimed at reducing infant-mortality rates.

November 19, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care has been renamed the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care to more accurately reflect the research conducted at the center, which aims to generate evidence that will improve health and care delivery to adults and older adults across settings.

With a mission consistent with that of the College of Nursing, the goal of the center’s work is to improve clinical care and health outcomes through exemplary transdisciplinary research in the areas of aging, self-management, critical and complex care especially within vulnerable populations.

The new center name was sparked by an expanded focus that encompasses research in healthy aging and health promotion. “The change to the center’s name reflects our goals to conduct research that will result in healthier lives, enhance quality of life for those with multiple comorbid conditions and dementia, and prepare the next generation of scholars and scientists who will advance gerontology, self-management science and critical care,” said Dr. Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care.

Research in the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care highlights the processes, progression and outcomes of disease recovery in a variety of settings and populations. Center faculty develop and test interventions at the individual-, practitioner-, and organizational levels for disease prevention, health promotion and disease management.

Studies implemented at the center will target Hispanics, Asian Americans, refugees and immigrants, African Americans and Appalachian individuals through diabetes prevention programs, hypertension treatment, stress reduction and self-care strategies.

The center is committed to supporting health and wellness for older adults by advancing the science of prevention, care and recovery from critical and complex conditions; addressing pain and common geriatric syndromes; and addressing effectiveness and risk of treatment and care management strategies especially for those with dementia or other cognitive impairment.