Board Member Spotlight: Dianne Morrison-Beedy

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
The Ohio State University College of Nursing


What advice would you give your younger self?
Early on in your career, create a balance between work and taking care of your health and your relationships. Make this your long-term habit. Realize that there are relatively few opportunities that are a "once in a lifetime" and even if you have to say "no" to something, it doesn't mean that another similar, or same, opportunity won't become available in your future. You do not have to say "YES" to everything right away and overwhelm your life. Lastly, remember the passion behind the start of your research and scholarship - it might be a patient, some challenge you or a loved one faced, or something that tugged at your heartstrings. Keep that front and center when times get tough and the work is dragging - remember WHY you chose this path and this focus!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Southern France - Provence to be exact. Besides the food, wine, culture, art (I could go on and on) it was the people I met who helped me understand my need for work-life balance that made me a "connoisseur" of fine and lovely life experiences.

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
I was critically-ill as a teen and I know that the people that got me through a long-term hospitalization were the nurses. I was sixteen when I was diagnosed with Guillian-Barre Syndrome, totally paralyzed and faced with a day-to-day of being unable to talk or move. Those nurses treated me with respect and made me take each day one at a time. I saw what nurses did and I wanted to give back in the same way.

What book should every nurse read?
Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. The lessons learned about critical "people-skills" will be useful to nurses in their professional roles and personal lives. As they undertake their leadership journeys, nurses need to be able to develop allies, bring people on-board to new ideas, and garner enthusiasm for change.

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
I developed an evidence-based CDC and DHSS recognized sexual risk reduction intervention for adolescents (The Health Improvement Project for Teens- HIPTeens). Even in 2022, I am always struck by how desperately teens still need, not only the information to reduce sexual risk, but the motivation and skills to do so. I hear constantly that this aspect of health is still not well addressed by healthcare, educational, or service communities yet teens so want to learn how to choose healthy relationships and behaviors. In addition, teens in the program keep me current and on-trend with the lifestyles, challenges, and hopes teens face each day I thank them for that because it makes HIPTeens relevant across different teen populations.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I am a decorating and travel magazine addict! Browsing through magazines is my respite (especially during covid when my travel has been somewhat curtailed).

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About Dianne
Dianne Morrison-Beedy joined The Ohio State University in 2018 as Chief Talent and Global Strategy Officer and Centennial Professor of Nursing. She has been a three-time recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Award (2019 Fulbright Specialist in Oslo, Norway; 2017 Fulbright Scholar in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Fulbright Administrator Awardee in Paris, France in 2012). As Dean of the College of Nursing and Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health, University of South Florida from 2010-2016, she catapulted the college into the top 25 in NIH funding, first in the nation for military and veteran’s health and top graduate program in Florida. Known both as a scholar and a leader, Dr. Morrison-Beedy has received numerous awards for her work including election into the International Nursing Research Hall of Fame, the Audrey Hepburn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Well-Being of Children, March of Dimes 2021 Research Nurse of the Year, Florida Top 100 Nurses, Excellence in HIV Prevention Award from the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care, and the Excellence in Research award from the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and both the Florida and New York State Distinguished Researcher. She developed a sexual risk reduction intervention for adolescent girls, HIPTeens, recognized by the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an exemplary evidence-based intervention for both HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention. With over 250 publications and an award-winning research book, she has earned over $12 million in research funding and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She serves on several boards, holds Distinguished International Visiting Professorship Awards and was selected by the International Council of Nurses as a Global Nursing Leadership Institute Fellow in Geneva.


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