February 11, 2019
Partnership using national Million Hearts® initiative strategies aims to help at-risk faculty and staff at Ohio State live healthier lives

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Partners from several of The Ohio State University’s health sciences colleges and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital cut a ceremonial ribbon today to officially open a first-in-the-nation clinic that features an innovative, evidence-based, interdisciplinary model aimed at decreasing risks for cardiovascular disease in at-risk faculty and staff at Ohio State.

The Million Hearts® Clinic at Ohio State uses evidence-based interventions and education espoused by the national Million Hearts® initiative, an effort co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the explicit goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2022. That includes preventive lifestyle modifications guided by focusing on what the Million Hearts® initiative calls the “ABCS” of care: aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. The Ohio State clinic has added a focus on stress reduction to that list because of the known adverse effects of chronic stress on the cardiovascular system. Research shows that focusing on these elements of cardiovascular disease prevention can reduced risk by as much as 80 percent and save more than 100,000 lives every year.

“We are thrilled to pioneer this innovative interprofessional approach to preventive wellness care that we hope can serve as a model nationwide,” said Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “The Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Education and Human Ecology along with the Ross Heart Hospital are coming together to dream, discover, and deliver a brighter and healthier future to improve heart health in our Buckeye family.”

“Since its launch, the Million Hearts® initiative has aimed to galvanize and mobilize partners in pursuit of the audacious yet attainable goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes,” said Janet S. Wright MD, FACC, executive director of the Million Hearts® initiative. “We know that when communities and their health care systems work together, millions of Americans across the country can live longer, healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Finding those at risk and connecting them to care and community resources can take down the nation’s number one killer.

“This is what makes the efforts of the partners at The Ohio State University so exciting,” Wright continued. “By putting into practice many of the priorities, tools and practices advanced by the Million Hearts® initiative, Ohio State is demonstrating true leadership in cardiovascular disease prevention and a very real commitment to improving health of the university community.”

For the pilot, this clinic seeks to engage faculty and staff from Ohio State between the ages of 21-75. Participants can be either employees or spouses of employees and must have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Overweight/obesity
  • Pre-hypertension or hypertension
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • A first-degree relative who had an early heart attack or stroke (under the age of 55)

Participants will first take a brief pre-survey about their health, health behaviors and health beliefs. Advanced practice nursing students, who will be overseen by nursing faculty, will then conduct a cardiovascular assessment. Patients will get individualized counseling on ways to reduce their cardiovascular risk according to the Million Hearts® initiative’s goals. Participants will self-identify key areas in their life that they want to improve and will receive prescriptions for lifestyle modifications such as exercise, diet, smoking cessation and stress reduction. The participants will then be referred to the other health sciences colleges for individualized coaching in these areas. Follow-up screenings at three- and six-month intervals will allow for comparison of the interventions over time.

“This clinic furthers our focus on proactive well-care rather than reactive sick care,” said Kate Gawlik, DNP, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, assistant professor of clinical nursing and project manager of the Million Hearts® initiative at Ohio State’s College of Nursing. “We are very excited about its potential and about the partnerships, professionals and students involved who will truly help our faculty and staff live healthier lives.”

The Million Hearts® Clinic at Ohio State will be offered in two locations (the College of Nursing’s Newton Hall and the Physical Activity and Education Services building) on the Columbus campus. The clinic will be offered 1-2 times per month throughout the 2019-2021 academic years.

In 2013, Dr. Bernadette Melnyk founded The National Interprofessional Education and Practice Consortium to Advance Million Hearts®, which now consists of more than 170 universities and organizations who are working together to improve cardiovascular health and well-being under the Million Hearts® initiative philosophy. An educational module built by the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy has led to the cardiovascular screening and education of more than 70,000 people nationwide.


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By the Numbers:
  • Nearly half of all American adults – an estimated 121 million adults – have some form of cardiovascular disease (American Heart Association)
  • Goal of Million Hearts® initiative: prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2022

Contact:
Phil Saken, The Ohio State University
847-275-9025
Saken.2@osu.edu

January 15, 2019
U.S. News & World Report recognizes top-tier program to educate outstanding nurses at a time of great need in healthcare

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. News & World Report ranked The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online Master of Science in Nursing program #2 in the country for the second year in a row and #1 among public institutions in new rankings released today. This is the fifth consecutive year that this online master’s in nursing program has ranked in the top 10 overall nationally.

The College of Nursing’s program and those of other institutions across the country were judged on student-faculty engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and education, expert opinion of the quality of the program and student excellence.

“We are delighted and honored that our world-class innovative faculty, staff and curricula have once again been recognized among the very best in the nation, demonstrating the sustained excellence of our online program,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. “Our online students receive the same high-caliber education as students on campus and are prepared with superb knowledge and skills to dream, discover and deliver the highest quality of evidence-based care to transform health and improve lives.”

“It’s critically important that we create high-quality online educational opportunities that prepare advanced nursing practice leaders and providers for the future of healthcare,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at the College of Nursing. “Our online Master of Science in Nursing program prepares students to address current challenges in healthcare and to make a meaningful positive impact in improving health outcomes across the state, nation and globe.”

In 2017-18, the College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing online program educated nearly 180 students in four key disciplines of nursing: psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, neonatal nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Among other attributes, the program offers in-state tuition no matter where the student lives, the same high-quality faculty online as on-campus, classes that suit the scheduling needs of working professionals, and special focus on evidence-based practice, personal wellness and clinical experience using technologies, including telehealth.

“I’ve benefited from the diversity of people that I have met in the program, as well as the relationships I’ve built with others in my program and with my professors. The faculty want to see everyone succeed,” said Joann North, an online student in the Clinical Nurse Leader specialization of Ohio State’s traditional Master of Science in Nursing program. “Ohio State helps make the program manageable when you’re working. They understand being in school and working and still trying to have a home life as well. The flexibility makes it easier to have that happen.”

U.S. News & World Report also released new rankings today using similar criteria that cover the best online bachelor’s programs across the university spectrum. The Ohio State University as a whole ranked #3 in the country and #1 in Ohio on that list. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Ohio State was ranked in the top 10 nationally for online bachelor’s offerings. The College of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN program constitutes more than half of Ohio State’s online undergraduates.

The College of Nursing is currently hiring for new faculty. You can find job openings in the college by clicking on this link.

 

By the Numbers

  • History of U.S. News & World Report rankings for The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online graduate master’s in nursing programs:
    • 2013: #47
    • 2014: #32
    • 2015: #6
    • 2016: #4
    • 2017: #3
    • 2018: #2
    • 2019: #2 (#1 public college of nursing)
  • 2017-18 school year: 176 online students
    • Overall advanced practice certification pass rate: 95%
  • College of Nursing overall numbers:
    • 1020 active undergraduate students, 1040 active graduate students
    • More than 13,000 living alumni spread out among all 50 states and at least 10 countries abroad

Contact:
Phil Saken, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
847-275-9025
Saken.2@osu.edu