Message from the Dean


Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN

Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine
Executive Director, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare
The Ohio State University

Dear alumni, colleagues and friends,

Warmest of greetings from the College of Nursing! This spring, the COVID-19 pandemic brought new challenges and character builders to our community and to communities across the world, and our Buckeye nurses and healthcare providers swiftly moved into action. Read about what we have done and continue to do to help, from donating thousands of supplies to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to serving on the frontlines of this healthcare emergency. I am so proud of each and every one of you for all you are doing to keep your families safe, and have overwhelming gratitude for our alumni risking their lives to serve others. You are our heroes.

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and in recognition of the ability these healthcare providers have to address world health issues. We are so proud of the many nurses, nurse-midwives and other healthcare providers who set forth from our college to help the world. You can read about some of them here: read about the first nursing technical school established in Honduras, created by our alumni. Read about two of our graduates who are now nurse-midwives in Toledo, another who is also a preceptor and director at ProMedica. Our faculty continue to accomplish great things, too, including publishing: read about their new books here. You can also read about how our PhD students are already transforming the world with their research.

We continued to champion evidence-based practice at the second biennial EBP summit. The heart health football game last November gave us a chance to spread the word about heart disease. We were thrilled that some of our own undergraduates were in the marching band, and we’d like you to meet them!

Please continue to do everything you can to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Part of that is taking great self-care and building your resilience. We are in the midst of a storm, but there are many silver linings ahead of us in the future.

Be well, and Go Bucks!