Joyce Zurmehly has been named as the Berger Health System Distinguished Professor and associate director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 1.
In this tenure-track position, she will provide leadership and mentoring to faculty members and students in the OU-C nursing program. A portion of her salary is funded by the Berger Health System Distinguished Professor endowment on the Chillicothe Campus to support research and scholarly work as well as service to the school and the university.
Zurmehly is currently director of Evidence Based Practice at Adena Health System in Chillicothe, where she has been employed since 2009. She was previously an education consultant to the Ohio Board of Nursing from 2007 to 2009 and was a faculty member with the Wright State University College of Nursing and Health in Dayton from 2004 to 2007. She also has been on the faculty of Ohio University and Capital University.
Zurmehly, a licensed registered nurse, earned an associate degree in nursing from Hocking College in Nelsonville, a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree, summa cum laude, in nursing education from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky., and a doctoral degree in health sciences from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Waynesburg University in Canonsburg, Pa.
She has been involved in numerous professional associations, on the local, statewide and national levels, has received competitive research grants, has delivered many presentations and has been published in numerous professional publications.
“I am pleased that Joyce Zurmehly is joining the Chillicothe Campus community,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “She has outstanding professional experience, both academically and as a health-care practitioner. Further, her research endeavors make her especially well-qualified for this distinguished professorship, which is designed to offer OU-C students an outstanding, career-focused educational experience.”
“I am confident that Joyce will do an outstanding job in this position. She is well-known in the profession and brings expertise to the classrooms and skills laboratories. Further, she is highly regarded in the profession for her scholarly and research activities. She is well-positioned to share innovative and evidence-based practices in the nursing profession with OU-C’s students,” said Mary Bowen, director of the Ohio University School of Nursing and associate executive dean of nursing on the regional campuses.
She replaces Charlotte McManus as the associate director of the associate degree nursing program, who is returning to the faculty on a full-time basis. “We appreciate Charlotte’s contributions over the years,” Bebee said.