Nursing Government Affairs Advocates (NGAA)

The strategic goals of both The Ohio State University and its Wexner Medical Center include attracting and developing a diverse and talented team as well as providing high-quality professional development. Government affairs staff support Ohio State through the pursuit of public policy outcomes that strategically benefit the University.

The creation of the Nursing Government Affairs Advocates (NGAA) is a collaboration of our academic and medical center nursing and government affairs leadership. Its mission is to address policy, regulatory and legislative issues that impact nursing at Ohio State, and to mobilize nurses to become active in government and community affairs.

Key to this collaboration is communicating the effect that proposed policies and laws will have on our nurses and their patients and profession; our students and their training and education; and our medical center and its health care professionals and operations. We offer quarterly Town Halls with guest speakers, publish updates in nursing and other newsletters, and send e-mails to inform our nursing faculty, staff and students of current matters of interest.

For more information on the NGAA and to receive its communications, please email


The Ohio State Fellowship for Nursing Government Advocacy

In 2018, the NGAA set as a priority the development of a fellowship that would provide nurses  with the knowledge, skill set and practical experience they need to engage in the legislative and rule-making processes at the federal, state and local levels of government. Mallory Dye, MS, RN, OCN, Nurse Manager for the James Clinical Resource Unit, is serving as the inaugural NGAA Fellow through March 2020. Interested nurses must be employed at 50% or greater with the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Applications for the 2020 Fellowship, which will commence in January 2020, are available and are due by close of business on Friday October 4, 2019. The application provides an overview of the program and its requirements, and can be found here.


Executive Sponsors of NGAA

The Nursing Government Affairs Advocates are supported by the following leaders:

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Dean, Ohio State College of Nursing

Cheryl Hoying, PhD, RN, FACHE
Chief Nurse Executive and Patient Care Services Officer, OSUWMC

Jennifer K. Carlson
Associate Vice President, External Relations & Advocacy, OSUWMC & Health Sciences

Kristopher M. Kipp, MSN, RN
Executive Director of Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer, James Cancer Hospital

Margaret Graham, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice Dean, Ohio State College of Nursing