Rich in opportunity, strong in affordability, and home to world-class schools, Ohio is first choice among many nurses for establishing lifelong careers.
Statewide, nurses have the chance to work in a variety of specialties and first-rate hospitals and health systems, more than 20 of which have been named Magnet facilities by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Buckeye State also ranks high for nursing education, with major colleges such as Ohio State University in Columbus, University of Cincinnati, Kent State University in Kent, and Wright State University in Dayton.
There are probably several world-renowned facilities right here in the Cleveland area alone, says Leslie Simko, RN, BSN, CCRN-e, simulation coordinator for Cleveland Clinic. We have a large nursing workforce with a multitude of advancement opportunities anywhere from bedside nursing and education to working in management.
In addition to Cleveland Clinic, other hospitals and healthcare systems in the state include St. John West Shore Hospital in Westlake, Select Specialty Hospital and OhioHealth in Columbus, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, and Mercy Health Partners and HCR ManorCare in the Toledo area.
Cleveland Clinic, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, an OhioHealth facility, are among the states Magnet organizations. HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization, recently ranked Miami Valley Hospital No. 1 in southwest Ohio for overall cardiac services. In 2008, the hospital opened a facility for its Center of Nursing Excellence. Established in 1992, the center provides education, professional development, networking, and research services.
We have a great foundation for learning at the undergraduate level and a strong commitment to clinical practice, says Jayne Gmeiner, RN, MS, NEA-BC, director of the Center of Nursing Excellence & Palliative Care Programs. I think the combination of those two things make Ohio a very good state to practice nursing.
A top teaching hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital draws nursing and medical students from Ohio State University, says Linda Maloy, RNC, staff nurse in the family care unit. Hospitals in the Columbus area also collaborate with each other and regularly attract nationally known nurse experts for conferences, she says.
Columbus offers a diverse population and the chance to work with patients from a variety of backgrounds. Twice a year, Riverside hosts special nights dedicated to helping local healthcare professionals learn more about the different cultures of patients they treat. The events feature food, décor, and activities, as well as designated speakers who talk about their cultures.
We just basically spend a night in that culture, says Maloy, who also serves as president of Riversides Staff Nurse Leadership Council. We take such pride in being diverse and honoring diversity in ourselves and in our patients.
For Dinah Cooper, RN II, CCRN, working in Cincinnati is worth a long commute. A staff nurse in the pediatric ICU at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cooper drives 110 miles from rural eastern Kentucky about twice a week.
Its a privilege to work there, Cooper says. I would encourage anyone whos career-minded to come and work with some of the worlds best.
Cooper, who has two adult daughters and four grandchildren, stays at hotels while working in Cincinnati. She discovered Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center in 2002 during a travel assignment and was immediately impressed with the hospitals standards for safety, patient care, and staff morale. Childrens treats patients from around the world, offering one of the top liver transplant programs in the U.S. and an oncology department with leading experts, she says.
We get the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned physicians in the world in the field of pediatrics, Cooper says. We have excellent physician-nurse collaboration and very family-centered care.
Ohio nurses also tout the progressive and innovative attitudes they witness in their workplaces, such as a willingness to embrace shared governance. At St. John West Shore hospital in the Cleveland area, the emphasis is on evidence-based practice to ensure the best patient outcomes, says James V. Guliano, RN, MSN, BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.
We are very accustomed to evidence-based practice, Guliano says. Someone who is tied to the same way of doing a task the last 20 years isnt going to do well with us, because evidence-based practice really relies upon whats been proven in the literature or the evidence to be effective.
A full-service community hospital, St. John also serves as a primary stroke center and chest pain center.
We are very mission oriented here at this hospital, Guliano says. That mission is lived out by every employee. We are strong clinicians dealing with excellent patient outcomes, but we also deal with the emotional connection.
For Gmeiner, who began her career at Miami Valley Hospital as a critical care nurse in the cardiac ICU and the ICU, Ohio is a perfect and affordable state for a nurse to call home.
Ohio is a great place to live, Gmeiner says. We are also privileged to have major cities very close within driving distance. Its a very good place to raise a family.