COLUMBUS, OH – 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 launch of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Postdoctoral Fellowship.
After a highly competitive application and review process, eight individuals were chosen to comprise the inaugural cohort, representing nursing leadership, clinical practice and academia.
"We couldn’t be more excited about launching this fellowship and our inaugural cohort. These outstanding nurses sit in positions where they have extensive reach across the entire healthcare spectrum. They come from across the United States (east coast to Hawaii) and work in acute, ambulatory and community settings in adult and pediatric care,” said Cindy Zellefrow, DNP, MSEd, RN, LSN, PHNA-BC, academic core and DNP fellowship director. “They hold leadership positions in large healthcare systems, work in national-level organizations that inform and drive nursing professional development and teach in higher education. We’re looking forward to an exciting year of personal and professional growth as, together, we continue to make evidence-based practice the way we approach decision making in all realms and not ‘something else to do!’”
Jennifer Bodine, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CEN, is a Nursing Professional Development (NPD) program manager for the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), where she facilitates the Leadership and Evidence-based Practice Academies and the NPD certification preparation course. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is also certified in NPD and emergency nursing. She is a co-chair for the Simulation in Transition for Practice committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is also the editor for the Preceptorship column for the Journal for Nursing Professional Development. Bodine graduated with her DNP from California State University at Fresno.
Connie Clemmons-Brown, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP, is a system senior vice president, Patient Care Services for CommonSpirit Health, a healthcare system that has more than 1000 care sites across 21 states. In this role she oversees professional practice, clinical education, nursing research, clinical excellence, perioperative services and human trafficking response. Her clinical background is grounded in prehospital care, emergency/trauma services and critical care in both community-based hospitals and academic medical centers. Clemmons-Brown received her DNP from the University of San Francisco.
Jennifer Wheaton Galliers, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, serves as the associate vice president, Acute Quality and Evidence-based Practice for ProMedica, a non-profit healthcare system with locations in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Galliers provides oversight to the ProMedica Center of Nursing Excellence, Acute Care Quality Data Analyst Department, and system Magnetr initiatives, and is responsible for the development, implementation and sustainment of evidence-based initiatives at ProMedica. Galliers also works as a palliative care nurse practitioner for Hospice of Northwest Ohio and the University of Toledo Medical Center. Galliers graduated with her DNP from the University of Toledo.
Michele Hasselblad, DNP, RN, NE-BC, is the vice president for Adult Ambulatory Nursing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a board-certified nurse executive and has nursing operational and practice responsibility for over 150 clinics, representing primary care, specialty
care and outpatient procedural clinics. Hasselblad completed her doctoral work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dawn Mutchko, DNP, APN, FNP-C, CENP, has been a practicing nurse practitioner in primary care and interventional cardiology since 1997. Currently, she is the lead advanced practice provider for the AtlantiCare Health System in southern New Jersey. Within that role, she works with faculty and students from many academic institutions to foster greater understanding of EBP and help them create authentic EBP initiatives to be implemented within Atlanticare. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the DNP program at Wilmington University. Mutchko graduated with her DNP from Wilmington University.
Melissa Owens, DNP, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, NCSN, is a family nurse practitioner with the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn program where she was recently promoted to director of clinical operations. This partnership between the Hawaii Department of Education and the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene addresses complex community health needs by placing nurses and nurse practitioners in public schools across the state. Owens is also the clinical lead for the Hawaii Interprofessional Education Collaborative in partnership with multiple University of Hawaii health science schools. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with her DNP.
Betty Jo Rocchio, DNP, RN, CRNA, CENP, is the senior vice president and system chief nursing officer at Mercy Health, a non-profit health system of hospitals, clinics and ministries serving communities in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and Texas. Rocchio’s background is in adult critical care with a passion and drive toward using technology and analytics to assist nursing and clinical teams to drive optimal patient outcomes. Rocchio received her DNP from The Ohio State University.
Lee Ann Strait, DNP, RN-BC, is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, focusing on Nursing Quality, Informatics and Community Nursing. She teaches both pre-licensure and graduate level students. As a board-certified faith community nurse, her work and passion include care of her extended faith family. Strait completed her DNP at The Ohio State University.
“This innovative national fellowship program will equip all of our fellows with advanced EBP, culture change and leadership skills that will propel their careers forward in a monumental way to effectively and rapidly transform healthcare and improve lives,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, 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 in order to address the quadruple aim: enhance patient experience, improve population health, reduce costs and improve the work life of healthcare clinicians and staff.
The leaders and staff of the Fuld Institute for EBP are excited to have the opportunity to work with this amazing group of DNP postdoc fellows! I am not sure who is more enthusiastic about the year ahead, the fellows, or the Fuld team,” said Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP, FAAN, chief operating officer and clinical core director. “I believe there are possibilities and synergies that that will emerge from this program that we simply have not even imagined yet. With this many big thinkers, dreamers and achievers assembled, all I can say is ‘stay tuned.’ The entire Fuld team is fully engaged and ready to make this inaugural DNP postdoc adventure a great one!
Visit fuld.nursing.osu.edu to learn more about the Fuld Institute for EBP and the many opportunities we have to offer, and how they can help you make a positive impact at your organization.