Alum receives high honor in nursing education

Alumni & Giving

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Ann Miller Whitlatch ’74 was recently awarded the Excellence in Education Award from the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA). This honor is only awarded every two years at the ONA Convention to those who have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a nurse educator, representing a career of teaching excellence. When asked about receiving this award, Ann said that she was incredibly proud to have begun her journey in nursing at the Mount, having had so many wonderful teachers, specifically Mrs. Oddi.

Subsequent to her graduation from the Mount, Ann worked as a critical care nurse in the open heart surgical unit at Christ Hospital for one year, after which she moved to the St. Anthony Medical Center in Columbus. During her five years at this institution she fulfilled the duties of a clinical nurse specialist, a health assessment specialist, a critical care nurse and a charge nurse.

After earning her master’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University in 1980, Ann became an instructor of critical care nursing at the Mount Carmel School of Nursing, where she remained for five years. Continuing her teaching career, she was a tenured, associate professor at Ohio Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing for 11 years, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1995. During her time teaching, Ann earned her doctorate in health education, with a concentration in gerontology from Ohio State University in 1993, serving their medical center for the year following as an education and research coordinator.

In 1999, Ann began working with the ONA as the executive vice president and chief operating officer, positions she filled until 2001, while also working as an independent consultant and researcher.  She has been employed full time by Ohio State for the last nine years, as the lead for the gerontology nursing course for the BSN program, and as lead in the DNP and MS programs for the leadership and ethics core courses.  Since then, Ann has founded her own consulting agency, Whitlatch Consulting Services, while also serving as a clinical assistant professor at Ohio State University.

Using her knowledge about various areas of healthcare, Ann has given a great deal back to the society, serving on several community-health related boards. In addition to this, Ann has served in several roles at both St. Mathew’s Catholic Church and Holy Spirit Parish, as well as tutoring for the Dominican Learning Center for Literacy.

Ann has been married 37 years to Tom, and has two grown sons and four grandchildren, two grandchildren that she shares with her Mount roommate Diane Lyons McCrone, whose daughter married Ann’s son.  Her hobbies include golf, playing bridge, reading and participating in several book clubs, and traveling, with favorite sites including Ireland and Italy.