Ohio State Receives Top Rank for Online Undergraduate Degree Offerings

The Ohio State University’s online bachelor’s programs are America’s best, according to the 2018 rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the university’s online graduate nursing program is ranked No. 2.

The rankings include public and private colleges and universities with degree-granting programs offering online classes needed to complete the degree. Categories include bachelor’s programs and graduate programs in business, information technology, criminal justice, education, engineering and nursing.

Most undergraduate programs assessed by U.S. News are degree completion programs, and so few, if any, new students are first-time, first-year students. Consequently, indicators like standardized test scores and high school class rankings that are used by the publication to rank brick-and-mortar colleges are not used to rank online programs. Instead, programs are rated on graduate indebtedness, course delivery and academic and career support made available to students remotely.

Ohio State’s rankings are:
No. 1, best online bachelor’s programs (out of 357 programs)
No. 2, best online nursing program (out of 159 programs)
No. 23 (tie), best online engineering programs (out of 93 programs)
No. 157 (tie), best education programs (out of 309 programs)

OSU Led Survey Finds Depression Among Nurses Increases Likelihood of Errors

Depression is common among nurses and is linked to a higher likelihood they’ll make medical errors, new research suggests.

The study found that more than half of nurses who took part in a national survey reported sub-optimal physical and mental health. Nurses in poorer health had a 26 to 71 percent higher likelihood of reporting medical errors than did their healthier peers. Depression stood out as a major concern among the 1,790 U.S. nurses who responded to the survey, and as the key predictor of medical errors.

The study, which appears online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, also found that nurses who perceived their workplace as conducive to wellness were more likely to report good health.

The National Academy of Medicine has prioritized clinician well-being in its recently launched action collaborative, acknowledging that burnout, compassion fatigue, depression and poor work-life balance affect a large percentage of doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

The new research is the first large-scale national study to link nurses’ well-being to self-reported medical errors, limiting long shifts and providing easy-to-access, evidence-based resources for physical and mental health, including depression screenings, could go a long way toward improving nurses’ wellness and decreasing the chances that mistakes will be made.

The data came from a survey conducted by the American Academy of Nursing’s million hearts sub-committee of the health behavior expert panel. The survey included 53 questions and was offered through nursing organizations and 20 U.S. hospitals. Only responses from nurses who were in clinical practice were included in the study. The majority of participants were white women and the average age of participants was 44, which closely resembles the demographics of the nursing workforce nationwide.

New Grant Awarded to OSU College of Nursing

A transformational $6.5 million grant has been awarded to The Ohio State University College of Nursing to establish The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. This institute will be the national hub for the teaching of best practices to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes, working with healthcare systems to implement and sustain EBP, and conducting research to determine best strategies to translate evidence-based interventions into real world clinical settings.

Evidence-based practice is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of healthcare that integrates the best evidence from well-designed studies with a clinician’s expertise and patients’ preferences and values. Multiple studies have shown that evidence-based practice improves healthcare quality and patient outcomes while reducing costs.

The new institute will launch with a national summit on EBP on Oct. 18-20, 2017.