Heath On Health: The College of Nursing Dean's Blog


There’s an ‘epidemic-level’ rise in e-cigarette use among kids. Here’s how to stop it.
Appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader on March 5, 2019.

Suicide is a silent epidemic in Kentucky that's taking our children
Appeared in the Courier Journal on March 21, 2019.

Time to Take a Bold Stand Against e-Cigarette Use by Kids

With high suicide rates among nurses, we must focus on prevention in Kentucky and the US


To Care for Others, Nurses Must First Care for Themselves
Drs. Janie Heath, Connie Jennings and Colleen Swartz stress the importance of making mental health, our most precious resource, the top priority.

National Nurses Week: Inspire, Innovate, Influence
Dr. Janie Heath celebrates "the mother of modern nursing," Florence Nightingale, as well as all nurses and their ability to inspire, innovate and influence.


Why I Joined the Tobacco Conversation: Our Health is Worth Fighting For
Dean Heath describes her personal experiences that led her to start having the tobacco conversation.

National Nurses Week: A Message from Dr. Patricia Burkhart, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Faculty Affairs
Dr. Burkhart discusses the importance of mind, body and spirit in nursing.

Students in Health Care Begin Caring for Each Other
Dean Heath explores the importance of mental health in health care professions and steps the College is taking to cultivate a healthy learning environment for students.


A Resolution for the State: Take Responsible Steps to Reduce Tobacco Burden
Our New Year’s resolution is for Kentucky to breathe clean air and build its economic strength by investing in the health of our loved ones and in future generations.

Framing the Debate: E-cigarettes and Children
Let's be clear: there is nothing safe about e-cigarettes. They deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug that carries many documented risks.


Say Yes to Kentucky Smoke-free Act
The bipartisan support for the Kentucky Smoke-free Act is both heartening and hopeful.


Keeping Nurses Engaged and Inspired
Do I worry about the stress and fatigue many nurses are experiencing? I do … but I worry just as much about how that story is told and its impact on perceptions of this critically important profession.

CVS's Bold Move
CVS announces that they will no longer sell, promote or carry tobacco products.

Passing of College's Founding Dean
"A dream shared by many!” During the college’s 40th Anniversary celebration, this is what an excited Dr. Marcia A. Dake, the College of Nursing’s founding dean, recalled about the opening of the College