Dr. Jeri (Boylan) Milstead will be inducted into the Washington Court House City Schools’ Academic Hall of Fame on Monday, Sept. 19 at The Club at Quail Run.
Milstead is an internationally-known expert in public policy and the politics of health care. She is the editor and senior author of “Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’ Guide,” fifth edition, that is sold in 21 countries and six of seven continents (sixth edition in process), and “Handbook of Nursing Leadership: Creative Skills for a Culture of Safety.”
She has invited chapters in four other current nursing textbooks, has published in national and international journals, and was editor-in-chief of The International Nurse from 1995 to 2006 when the publication was retired. Dr. Milstead was a policy advisor in the Washington, DC office of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), was president of the State Board of Nursing for South Carolina, and held leadership positions in the State Nurses Associations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Dr. Milstead holds a PhD in Political Science with majors in public policy and comparative politics from the University of Georgia, an MS and BS, cum laude, in nursing from The Ohio State University, and a diploma from Mt. Carmel Hospital School of Nursing where she is a Distinguished Alumna and current member of the Board of Trustees. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from MedCentral College in 2005. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2,000 invited members out of 3.3 million RNs).
She also is a founding member of the Nightingale Policy Institute, a virtual gathering of experienced policy nurses in the U.S. She is board-certified as a Nurse Executive-Advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission. She is a member of Rho Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and in 2002 became a charter member of Rho Chi, the first European chapter.
Dr. Milstead received the Gamma Mu Chapter Award for Excellence in Nursing, the first Search for Excellence Award from the American Nurses Association/SC Nurses Association and was honored by the Ohio House of Representatives and the South Carolina General Assembly for her leadership and service. She has been cited twice in the Congressional Record for leadership.
She was Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Toledo College of Nursing where she served for 10 years, was director of graduate programs at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) three years, and a faculty member at Clemson University (SC) for 10 years. She was selected one of “20 Outstanding Women in Central Ohio” in 2016. In 2015, Dr. Milstead was named the Mildred E. Newton Distinguished Educator from The Ohio State University College of Nursing Alumni Society and also was inducted into the Cornelius Leadership Congress (ONA’s “most prestigious” award).
In 2014, Dr. Milstead was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens’ Hall of Fame and was named a Transformer of Nursing and Health Care by the OSU CON Alumni Association. In 2013 she was named a Local Nursing Legend by the Medial Heritage Center at OSU in recognition of “…long-term commitment to the profession of nursing and the health care of people in Central Ohio.” She was the recipient of the ONA Excellence in Political Action Award 2011, the Political Activism Award 2010 from the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, and a Career Achievement Award in 2007 from the UT Health Science Campus. She was named a “Pioneer” in distance education at UT and was honored with the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award for designing and implementing in 1995 the first online course taught in the first PhD in Nursing program in the world that is offered completely online.
She is a founding member of the board of directors of the Council of Health Care Advocacy, an inter-professional health policy association, and was appointed to the Ohio Action Coalition Vision Team. Dr. Milstead helped write HB 198 that created the Ohio Patient Centered Medical Homes Task Force/PCMH Education Advisory Group where she serves as co-vice chair. She is an active member of the Expert Panel on Global Nursing and Health of the American Academy of Nursing, served as the first chair of the Board of Commissioners of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Nurse Certification for the Clinical Nurse Leader, and chaired the ONA Health Policy Council for four years.
She currently serves on the Mid-Ohio Nurses Association legislation and nominating committees. From 2005 through 2008, she was appointed by the county commissioners to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, where she served as chair of the Seaport Committee and the Human Resources Committee and was a member of a trade delegation to China in April 2006. She recently served on the board of Northwest Civic Association, an affiliate of the Columbus City Council. She has conducted research and consultation in The Netherlands, Jordan, Nicaragua, and Cuba. She currently is self-employed as senior consultant for public policy, leadership, and education.
Dr. Milstead was married to the late Glenn E. Milstead (d. 1978) who was inducted posthumously to the WCH Sports Hall of Fame. They were parents to four children: Kerrin Milstead Biddle, Kevin Milstead, Joan Milstead, and Sara Milstead Lott, three grandchildren: Sunny Biddle Nethers, George Biddle, and Matthew Lott, and one great-grandson, Colton Eric Lott.
She recently was engaged to the late Edward Salser (d. 2011). Jeri grew up in Washington Court House with her parents and five siblings: Mary Lorane Boylan Davis, Jack Boylan, Michael Boylan (d. 1984), Dr. J. Lynne Boylan, and Joe Boylan. Her brother-in-law, Larry Milstead, and his wife Oleta are enthusiastic supporters of WCH athletics.
For those who would like to join the Blue Lion community in honoring Dr. Milstead, please RSVP this week to 740-606-2593. The cost is $20 per dinner.