The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare in The Ohio State University College of Nursing is proud to announce the 2022-2023 cohort of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Postdoctoral Fellowship.
After a highly competitive application and review process, nine individuals were chosen for the second cohort, representing nursing leadership, clinical practice and academia.
"We are so excited to welcome the newest fellows to the DNP Postdoctoral Fellowship! Once again, they come from across the United States, working in public, private and government sectors across adult and pediatric healthcare and higher education. These outstanding nurses have extensive reach across the entire healthcare spectrum, fulfilling roles as nurse executives, clinical experts and outstanding academicians,” said Cindy Zellefrow, DNP, MSEd, RN, EBP-C, LSN, PHNA-BC, academic core and DNP fellowship director. “Our inaugural cohort saw remarkable growth and outcomes over the course of their experience. We anticipate a banner year for this dynamic group as well! We’re looking forward to an exciting year of personal and professional growth as, together, we help these fellows reach new heights and infuse EBP into the DNA of every corner of healthcare and healthcare education!"
Charles Bullins, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, is an advanced practice consultant and has spent most of his career in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Emergency. In addition to his full-time duties, he is an adjunct professor for Radford University where he works with graduate students in a clinical and didactic capacity. As part of the Fuld Institute for EBP DNP Postdoctoral Fellowship, he hopes to gain further knowledge on how to implement system-based and national evidence-based change that will improve quality for patients. He received his DNP from Radford University.
Shameya Ceasar, DNP, RN, EBP-C, CPHQ, CENP, HACP, is the quality and patient safety director for two community hospitals in the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas. She oversees quality, patient safety, regulatory readiness and infection control programs in her role. She is an active member of the Memorial Hermann Evidence-Based Practice and Research Steering Committee and provides leadership support to the Campus EBP Magnet Council. Ceasar completed her DNP at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Ann Deerhake, DNP, RN, CNL, CCRN, is an assistant professor of clinical practice and director of the RN to BSN program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Throughout her critical care years, she has seen preventable communication, system and process issues that have resulted in poor patient outcomes and chronically ill healthcare systems. Via this opportunity, she plans to use an evidence-based, collaborative and foundational approach to improve the healthcare resilience of all. Deerhake received her DNP at The Ohio State University.
Jayne Jennings Dunlap, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CNE, is an assistant clinical professor at Texas Woman’s University located in Houston, Texas, and a practicing primary care clinician at Baylor Scott and White Healthcare. Her passion targets timely treatment access for special populations
and reductions in evidence to practice gaps. Dunlap graduated with her DNP from Texas Christian University and serves on the editorial board for The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
Christy Jeffcoat, DNP, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing and specializes in evidence-based practice in nursing education and curriculum development, maternal-mental health research and quality improvement, curriculum nursing simulation curriculum development, policy advocacy and nursing mentorship. Jeffcoat is a DNP Mentor Committee member and serves as the chairperson for the South Carolina Advocacy & Policy Committee with The Arthritis Foundation and is a member of the South Carolina Women in Higher Education. She completed her DNP with the University of Alabama Huntsville.
Melissa (Missy) Maxfield, DNP, RNC-NIC, has worked at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for 20 years. She transitioned to her current role as a practice consultant in the Center for Professional Excellence and obtained a DNP in Health Systems Leadership in 2021. Currently, Maxfield is the evidence-based practice mentor for patient services; reviews house-wide policies, procedures and guidelines; and provides support for system-level practice issues.
Anne Marie Monachino, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CPN, CHSE-A, is a nursing professional development specialist (NPDS) in the Nursing Professional Development Department and a senior simulation educator in the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Monachino has an advanced certification as a healthcare simulation educator and is the co-chair for the Transition to Practice Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She received her DNP from Duquesne University.
Cory Ramsey, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is the associate director for patient care services and chief nurse executive at the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System. As the ranking nurse of the healthcare system, Ramsey is a member of the senior executive team and is active in the ongoing organizational assessment, program development of key hospital initiatives and long-term strategic planning for the system. He has been a nurse since 1998 and the American Nursing Credentialing Center has recognized Ramsey as a board-certified Nurse Executive – Advanced.
Eva Stone, DNP, APRN-BC, was selected as the 2019 Kentucky Nurse Association Nurse of the Year and named a 2020 Louisville Business First Health Care Hero. Stone is the manager of district health for Jefferson County Public Schools and is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She has worked in public school health for 21 years where she has successfully advocated for Kentucky to amend the state Medicaid plan to allow for expanded billing for school health services to help increase access to care for children.
“This innovative national fellowship program equips all of our fellows with leadership skills to advance evidence-based practice (EBP) and culture change that will propel their careers forward in a monumental way to transform healthcare quality and safety to ultimately improve people’s health and lives,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, dean and Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Evidence-based Practice, and executive director of the Fuld Institute for EBP.
The fellowship is a one-year, mentored experience with a primary goal to provide participants opportunities to engage in experiences that will elevate their expertise in evidence-based practice, evidence-based quality improvement, implementation science and strategies, innovation, leadership and navigating change in complex systems. Secondary goals of the program include helping fellows become recognized as experts by providing high-profile experiences, fostering dissemination of their work and building a foundation for ongoing practice scholarship. All fellows will continue working full-time in their professional positions thanks to support from their organizations.
With mentorship from Fuld Institute for EBP leadership and support from their organizations, fellows will work to create organizational cultures that engage and sustain EBP to address the quadruple aim in healthcare: enhance patient experience, improve population health, reduce costs and improve the work life of healthcare clinicians and staff.
Visit fuld.nursing.osu.edu to learn more about the Fuld Institute for EBP and the many opportunities we have to offer, including how we can help you make a positive impact at your organization.
DNP Postdoctoral Fellowship