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Tricia L. Ryan

Director of Nursing

Nursing Faculty


ryantl@westminster.edu

(724) 946-7470

curriculum vitae


Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
   Office - 266
Mailbox: 117


About Me


Since I was a young child, all I ever wanted was to become a nurse.  Now, I truly can say that I AM living my dream! I earned my diploma in nursing from the Sharon Regional Health System (SRHS) School of Nursing in 1995 and after passing my NCLEX-RN exam, I became a licensed Registered Nurse (RN).  For the first several years of my career, I worked in the long-term care, medical-surgical and cardiac nursing fields to gain valuable experience.  I completed my Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in nursing at The Pennsylvania State University in 2004.  It was around that time that I was promoted to the role of clinical nurse educator at the hospital where I worked and I discovered my love of teaching.  In 2008, I completed my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Robert Morris University (RMU) with a focus in Nursing Education and began teaching nursing students at the program where I graduated.  I successfully passed the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination in 2012.  In 2014, I was promoted to director of nursing at the SRHS School of Nursing.  Inspiring others to become a nurse and teaching nursing students is my passion.  I began my doctoral education journey in May 2016 with the Instructional Management and Leadership (IML) PhD Program at Robert Morris University.  In September 2016, I was honored to be selected as the Director of Nursing at Westminster College.  I am happy to report that I successfully defended my doctoral disseration entitled "Facilitating Student Success on Examinations: A Qualitative, Exploratory of Four Diploma Nursing Programs" on March 20th, 2019.  I'm not sure if I'll ever get used to being called Dr. Ryan but I can attest to education always being worth the time and effort.  In the summer, I am a nurse at Camp Turner in Salamanca, New York.  My career in nursing has been more than I ever imagined........... Oh, and have I mentioned, I love being a nurse!