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Kay Ryan

Adjunct Faculty

Education

Ph.D. in Community and Human Resources with emphases in research, adult education/educational evaluation, and counseling - UNL
M.A. in Health Education with emphases in both health promotion and gerontology - UNO
B.S. in Health Arts - College of St. Francis in IL
RN in Nursing - Methodist Hospital School of Nursing
Certifications in Exercise physiology, Health Education, Worksite Health, Pediatric Nursing, Interspiritual Mentoring

Background

The majority of my career has been spent in health education and nursing. I have presented and keynoted at hundreds of classes, seminars, workshops, and conferences on topics related primarily to health promotion and wellness, to include multiple offerings of the World Breast Cancer Conference, National Wellness Conference, and National University of Ireland at Galway.

  • My current and past professional roles include:
  • Adjunct Professor for Health Promotion Department,
  • Co-Founder, Author, and Educator for A Time to Heal, a whole person wellness rehabilitation program for cancer survivors and their caregivers,
  • Vice President for College Institutional Effectiveness,
  • Professor and Chairperson of Health Promotions,
  • Visiting Professor and National University of Ireland at Galway
  • Health Promotion Coordinator,
  • Employee Health Nurse and Wellness Coordinator,
  • Coordinator for Nursing Professional Development,
  • Psychiatric Nurse: Eating Disorders Unit,
  • Adjunct Instructor at University,
  • Critical Care Nurse,
  • Pediatric Nurse, and Charge Nurse in Obstetrics.
  • I have been a co-investigator on numerous research studies and co-authored and co-founded A Time to Heal - a whole person wellness rehabilitation program for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Notable Publications/Presentations

  • 2020 Co-Author of research manuscript submitted to Oncology Nursing Forum
  • 2014 Co-Author: A Time to Heal 2: a follow-up program to sustain momentum
  • 2014 Co-Editor: A Time to Heal for Veterans protocol, trainer’s manual, and participant
    Workbook
  • 2014 Co-Investigator: Long-term Outcomes of a Nurse Residency Program
  • 2013 Co-investigator: “Frontline Caregivers Grant”: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nebraska
  • 2012 Secondary Investigator: A Time to Heal multi-state data collection
  • 2012 Co-author: “A whole-Person wellness rehab program for cancer survivors”, Oncology Nurse Society Survivorship, QOL, & REhab SIG newsetter , Vol 10, 2, Dec 2012.
  • Author: Susan G. Komen for the Cure small grants for education/training
  • 2011 Author: “Moving Forward in the Face of Fear” chapter for A Time to Heal breast cancer and all cancer plus caregivers participant workbooks.
  • Author: World Conference on Breast Cancer Federation grants
  • Co-author and Co-recipient: Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants
  • 2011 Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author. “Is Social Media Use a Threat to Nursing Professionalism?” , Vol 28, #2, Summer 2011: 19.
  • 2011 Secondary Investigator: A Time to Heal; Five years of data compiled.
  • 2011 Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author: “Professionalism and Accountability in Nursing”, Vol 28, #1, Spring 2011
  • 2010 Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author: “Nursing Specialty Certification: Is it for me?”, Vol 27, #3, Fall 2010.
  • Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author: “The Quest to Locate ‘Scope of Practice’ for Nebraska Nurses”, Vol. 27, #2, Summer 2010: 12-13.
  • 2010 Wellness Management: A Publication of the National Wellness Institute, “A Time to Heal: a body-mind-spirit approach to wellness after cancer treatment”, Summer 2010: 1-5.
  • 2010 Secondary Investigator: A Time to Heal
  • 2009 Author: Children’s Nursing Residency Proposal: a model based on best practices
  • 2009 Co-author: A Time to Heal for All Cancer Survivors and their Caregivers” Participant’s Workbook, Trainer’s Manual, and protocol for a holistic rehabilitation program for people who have completed cancer treatment and their caregivers.
  • 2008 Research prepared and submitted to BCon International on the measurable effects of Radical Collaboration Certification Training over two years at NMC
  • 2007-2008 Research prepared and submitted to Nursing Research panel on the measurable effects of A Time to Heal: a twelve-week rehabilitative wellness program for breast cancer survivors.
  • 2008 Co-Recipient: Lance Armstrong Foundation Grant for Cancer Survivorship Program for all cancers
  • 2008 Graduate: Claritas Institute of Interspiritual Inquiry: Certification in Interspiritual Mentoring
  • 2007 Co-author of two Susan G. Komen for the Cure and one Women’s Fund grants
  • 2005, 2006 Co-author of “A Time to Heal” Participant’s Workbook, Trainer’s Manual, and protocol for a holistic rehabilitation program for women who have completed breast cancer treatment.
  • 2006 Co-author of “A Time to Heal” Second Year Grant submitted to the Nebraska Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation (funded for 2007-2008).
  • 2005 Successful Susan G. Komen Grant on “A Time to Heal”, holistic rehabilitation grant for women who have been through breast cancer treatment.
  • 2005 Co-author of “A Time to Heal” Research Protocol
  • 2005 “Chicken Soup for the Cancer Survivor’s Soul”, a story.
  • 1996-2004 Thesis advising with Health Promotion graduate students.
  • 2004 Susan G. Komen grants for breast cancer rehabilitation and dissemination of wellness rehabilitation model and program for breast cancer survivors.
  • 2004 Reflection for “The Spirit and Science of Holistic Health” by Robison, J. & Carrier, K.
  • 2002 “Wise Women Speak”, a collection of motivational, health promoting stories
  • 2001 Worksite Health, Spring 2001, – “Intermediate-level competencies in worksite health promotion” The International Electronic Journal of Health Education, Volume 4, – “An investigation of Health Promotion/Health Ministry Activities in Omaha Area Congregations”
  • 2000 Wellness Management – “Distance Education in Health Promotion”,
  • 2000 Manuscripts prepared on the data collected on Congregational Health Promotion in Omaha, NE and the AWHP Academic Standards Study on entry-level and intermediate level competencies.
  • 1998 – 1999 Well Workplace Workbook - currently working with WELCOA to update and replace chapter on "creating an operating plan", for publication in 1999.
  • 1999 Worksite Health – “Worksite Cardiac Rehab is a Win-Win”, with Susan Blair.
  • 1998-2001 Research on Gerontological Wellness programming, Congregational Wellness Programming, and national survey on Worksite Health Promotion.
  • 1998 Several published interviews in local press regarding worksite health promotion (The Reader, Midlands Business Journal)
  • 1997 American Journal of Health Promotion - co-authored an article on the NMC certificate program in Health Promotion, published March/April, 1997.
  • 1996 Dissertation "The relationships of perceived health status, cognitive-perceptual variables, and demographic and biological parameters to health behaviors"
  • 1995 American Journal of Health Promotion - co-authored an article on Achievement of National Objectives in Local Worksite Health Promotion, published February,
    1995.
  • 1995 Nursing Matters - "Wellness program enhances community wellbeing", 7/95.
  • 1994 "Gold Well Workplace" application
  • 1992 "Health Promotion in the Older Woman" project at Underwood Towers
  • 1991 Wrote small grant for exercise research.
  • 1991 - 1992 Weekly "Healthtrip" articles in Methodist College Memo.
  • 1988 Co-researched the tobacco references in music TV videos.
  • 1988 Developed and implemented 18 credit hour certificate program in Worksite Health
    Promotion for adult and continuing education.
  • 1987 Assisted in successful grant for $95,000 U.S. Department of Education Drug and Alcohol Prevention Grant.
PUBLICATIONS and GRANTS
  • 2020 Co-author – article submitted to Oncology Nursing Forum on A Time to Heal 10-year Data collection
  • 2013 Co-investigator: “Frontline Caregivers Grant”: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nebraska
  • 2012 Co-author: “A whole-Person wellness rehab program for cancer survivors”, Oncology Nurse Society Survivorship, QOL, & REhab SIG newsetter , Vol 10, 2, Dec 2012.
  • Author: Susan G. Komen for the Cure small grants for education/training
    2011 Author: “Moving Forward in the Face of Fear” chapter for A Time to Heal breast cancer and all cancer plus caregivers participant workbooks.
  • Author: World Conference on Breast Cancer Federation grants
    Co-author and Co-recipient: Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants
  • 2011 Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author. “Is Social Media Use a Threat to Nursing Professionalism?” , Vol 28, #2, Summer 2011: 19.
  • 2011 Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author: “Professionalism and Accountability in Nursing”, Vol 28, #1, Spring 2011
  • 2010 Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author: “Nursing Specialty Certification: Is it for me?”, Vol 27, #3, Fall 2010.
    Nebraska Nursing News: Official Publication of the Nebraska Board of Nursing, Co-Author: “The Quest to Locate ‘Scope of Practice’ for Nebraska Nurses”, Vol. 27, #2, Summer 2010: 12-13.
  • Wellness Management: A Publication of the National Wellness Institute, “A Time to Heal: a body-mind-spirit approach to wellness after cancer treatment”, Summer 2010: 1-5.
    2009 Co-Recipient: Susan G Komen for the Cure grant
  • Co-author: A Time to Heal for All Cancer Survivors and their Caregivers” Participant’s Workbook, Trainer’s Manual, and protocol for a holistic rehabilitation program for people who have completed cancer treatment and their caregivers.
  • 2008 Co-Recipient: Lance Armstrong Foundation Grant for Cancer Survivorship Program for all cancers
    2007 Co-author of two Susan G. Komen for the Cure and one Women’s Fund grants
    2005, 2006 Co-author of “A Time to Heal” Participant’s Workbook, Trainer’s Manual, and protocol for a holistic rehabilitation program for women who have completed breast cancer treatment.
  • 2006 Co-author of “A Time to Heal” Second Year Grant submitted to the Nebraska Affiliate of
    the Susan G. Komen Foundation (funded for 2007-2008).
  • 2005 “Chicken Soup for the Cancer Survivor’s Soul”, a story.
  • 2004 Susan G. Komen grants for breast cancer rehabilitation and dissemination of wellness rehabilitation model and program for breast cancer survivors.
  • 2004 Reflection for “The Spirit and Science of Holistic Health” by Robison, J. & Carrier, K.
  • 2002 “Wise Women Speak”, a collection of motivational, health promoting stories
  • 2001 Worksite Health, Spring 2001, – “Intermediate-level competencies in worksite health promotion”
    The International Electronic Journal of Health Education, Volume 4, – “An investigation of Health Promotion/Health Ministry Activities in Omaha Area Congregations”
  • 2000 Wellness Management – “Distance Education in Health Promotion”,
  • 2000 Manuscripts prepared on the data collected on Congregational Health Promotion in Omaha, NE and the AWHP Academic Standards Study on entry-level and intermediate level competencies.
  • 1998 – 1999 Well Workplace Workbook - currently working with WELCOA to update and replace chapter on "creating an operating plan", for publication in 1999.
  • 1999 Worksite Health – “Worksite Cardiac Rehab is a Win-Win”, with Susan Blair.
  • 1997 American Journal of Health Promotion - co-authored an article on the NMC certificate program in Health Promotion, published March/April, 1997.
  • 1995 American Journal of Health Promotion - co-authored an article on Achievement of National Objectives in Local Worksite Health Promotion, published February, 1995.
  • 1995 Nursing Matters - "Wellness program enhances community wellbeing", 7/95.
  • 1994 "Gold Well Workplace" application
  • 1991 - 1992 Weekly "Healthtrip" articles in Methodist College Memo.
  • 1987 Wellness Perspectives periodical - co-authored an article on the 1988 tobacco reference research.

Professional Service/Recognition/Charitable Boards

  • Fellow AWHP
  • Board of Directors National Wellness Institute
  • Officer and Board of Directors A Time to Heal
  • Advisory Committee College of St. Mary
  • The Founders’ Spirit Award: A Time to Heal
  • Community Partner Award: Order of the Servants of Mary
  • Excellence In Nursing Award from March of Dimes
  • Jillian Anne Pinnette Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Award
  • Distinguished Graduate: National Catholic Schools Association
  • The Jean Schmidt Beyer SPIRIT award at Nebraska Methodist College
  • Board of Trustees: National Wellness Institute
  • Master Teacher Award
  • Nebraska Methodist College Nursing Honor Society “Nurse Leader”
  • Top 100 U.S. Wellness Experts Nomination
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha “Distinguished Alumni Award”
  • Light of Wellness Award,
  • Visiting Fellowship at National University of Ireland at Galway
  • PLATINUM WELL WORKPLACE, Gold Well Workplace
  • Endowed Professorship extended
  • Associate Editor, Worksite Health
  • "Dr. Jean Beyer Endowed Professorship for Excellence in Teaching"
  • Nebraska Methodist Alumni Association "NEW HORIZON AWARD"
  • Nebraska "Positive Image of Nursing" Award