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Nursing in Ohio on Nightingale's Birthday: A Conversation with Leaders at the OSU College of Nursing

Dan Skinner talks with Drs. Candy Rinehart, Angela Alston, and Bernadette Melnyk from the Ohio State College of Nursing about the challenges nurses face working during the COVID-19 pandemic and what the nursing field is learning from COVID-19. With the tragic and recent passing of Bernard Atta, a nurse working in an Ohio correctional facility, alongside the US death count nearing one-hundred thousand, the group frames their discussion about the well-being of healthcare workers around OSU’s partnership with Trusted Health to combat nurse burnout and safety issues. Looking forward, the group thinks about what changes in nursing education and medical student culture will arise as the next generation of healthcare professionals turns the corner.


Dr. Candy Rinehart is the head of OSU’s Total Health and Wellness nurse practitioner-led practice, Dr. Angela Alston is Chief Diversity Officer at OSU's College of Nursing, and Dr. Bernadette Melnyk is Dean of the College of Nuring and Chief Wellness Officer at OSU. 


In loving memory of Bernard Atta, age 61, of Galena Ohio. Learn his story here.


The Ohio Nurses Association and The Ohio Nurses Foundation have teamed up with the public in showing support for nurses working the frontlines of the COVID19 response. Find out more about how you can donate here.


You can read more about OSU’s partnership with Trusted Health here and you can read more about OSU Nursing’s general news here.


Read more about the UN’s warning about the vulnerability of healthcare workers here.


Produced by Dan Skinner and Mark Frantz

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Dr. Dan Skinner is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner teaches and researches about, as well as advocates for increased access to health care, especially for underserved populations, as well as various aspects of social determinants that affect the health of communities, in Ohio and beyond.