Faculty & Staff Profile

Faculty/Staff Profile

Sheila A. Ryan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Charlotte Peck Lienemann and Alumni Distinguished Chair &
Director of International Programs

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division  
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
tel:(402) 559-6376
E-Mail: saryan@unmc.edu

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. She has been a nursing dean for twenty-two years at two universities and has board service with IHI, AIHA, IBIH, and RWJ/IOM committees. Expertise includes health reform, safety & improvement, internet-based education and international partnerships. Dr. Ryan is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing Dr. Ryan earned her B.S.N. from the University of Nebraska (1969), her M.S.N. from the University of California, San Francisco (1971), and her Ph.D. in clinical nursing research from the University of Arizona (1981).


  • Graduate Courses: Healthcare System Improvements and Innovation; Global Health and Learning Communities ; Transformational Leadership
  • Internationally recognized speaker and author and contributor to healthcare literature 


  • Healthcare Reform/Chronic Care Systems, Hospice, Population Health, ACO's 
  • Improvement – Quality and Safety; Behavioral/Mental health Improvement
  • Internet-based Learning Communities and Global Health Education

Improvement and International Leadership:

  • Board Member: American International Health Alliance; Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement (IBHI), GNN, GEDI, gONE and past member Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • International Nursing Consultation with CAR Nursing Deans (former Soviet Union) and University partnerships in Jordan, China and Armenia
  • Academic Chronic Care Collaborative (ACCC), sponsored by AAMC (RWJ) for 28 Academic Medical Centers to improve patient outcomes and advanced health professions education through systems improvement collaboratives 

Nursing Professional Goals:

  • Advancing health reform and patient outcomes through complex adaptive systems redesign
  • Advancing professional global nursing and health care through online technologies
  • International University partnerships to advance nursing education, accreditation and licensure

Recent Funding

2012 - 2014 Ryan, S. (PM). Institutional Twinning Partnership to Improve the Quality of Nursing Education and Services in Tanzania
2009 - 2010 Ryan, S. (PM). A Qualitative Study of the Refugee Hmong in Fresno County, CA: Health Qualitative Beliefs about Childhood Injury and Transcultural Health
2007 - 2008 Ryan, S. (PM). IHI Rapid Response Evaluation team: National Health System (NHS), UK, England only
2007 - 2009 Ryan, S. (PM). Inter Professional Relationship Centered Care Institute (RCCI) 2nd Immersion Conference for 9 newly selected SOM’s
2005 - 2007 Ryan, S. (PM). Academic Chronic Care Collaborative (ACCC) Collaborative for 22 AHC’s to educate residents and NPs in improvement with pts with chronic care conditions
2005 - Present Ryan, S. (PM). Partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University CON. Student and Faculty Exchanges
2003 - 2005 Ryan, S. Nursing education partnership. Amman, Jordan
2001 - 2005 Ryan, S. (PI). Online International graduate nursing for Armenian faculty. AIHA
2002 - 2007 Ryan, S. (PM). Partnership with Alzaytoonah Private University CON, Amman, Jordan
• Build clinical instruction support authorities and educate faculty in PhD
2000 - 2001 Ryan, S. (PM). IHI Safety Net Online BTS. (RWJ).