Dr. Ryan is Professor and the Charlotte Peck Lienemann and Distinguished Alumni Chair and Director of International Programs in nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center college of Nursing in Omaha, NE. Expertise focuses on helping faculty and students expand opportunities with internet-based education, quality improvement of health-care delivery models and international partnerships. International nursing partner projects are or have been with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China,Al-Zaytoonah Private University in Amman, Jordan and with schools of nursing in Yerevan,Armenia and the Central Asian Republics (CAR.)
Dr. Ryan has served as President of NLN, and an executive officer for AACN. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles for several foundation programs: PEW Health Education Commission, RWJ/IOM Health Policy Fellowship Program, Commonwealth Fund for Nurse Executive Fellowships and Macy Foundation for Interprofessional Education.
Dr. Ryan is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has served on many programs and committees for the past two decades. She has been a nursing dean for 22 years at two universities and has board service with IHI, IBHI and RJW/IOM committees. She is presently Chair of the Board of AIHA, American International Healthcare Alliance.