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Jane Greene Ryan


Assistant Clinical Professor

RN-BSN Completion Department

267.258.5920 P
Three Parkway, 1601 Cherry Street, Room 926

Prior to moving into full time academic work, Jane Greene Ryan, PhD, practiced as a certified nurse midwife for 13 years. Her clinical practice was focused on providing care for vulnerable groups of underserved, urban women and their families. Her practice was culturally quite diverse including caring for a number of families who had recently migrated from other countries. Wired for curiosity, she longed to learn more about their lives, their migration stories and the experience of transitioning to living in a new country. 

This curiosity lead to her PhD research, exploring the concept of 'Otherness' (being different from the cultural 'norm') and conducting qualitative research with RNs whose initial nursing education took place outside the Unitied States. (Completed 2010)

She has gone on to become involved in a number of global health projects, most recently and intensively in Northern India where she's part of a Drexel faculty team workign in partnership with a nursing college in the Himalayas. 


Women's Health

Research Interests:

‘Otherness’ (as above), migration, interfaces among various cultures including migrant families’s interactions with US healthcare workers. Community-based care. Nursing Leadership; Healthy Workplaces; Newly graduated RNs experiences of transition during 1st year of practice. 

Academic Distinctions:

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Drexel College of Nursing International Travel Awards
2013 (Spain), 2012, (Thailand), 2011 (Bolivia), 2010 (Ghana), 2008 (Norway).
Drexel University International Travel Awards: Office of International Programs
2017 (Barcelona) 2013 (Spain), 2012 (Thailand), 2011 (Bolivia), 2010 (Ghana), 
Mary B Walker Scholarship, Widener University, 2009
International Blue Cross, Promise of Nursing (doctoral studies), 2006 – 2010
Pennsylvania State Student Loan Forgiveness for working with underserved patients, 1995-1998
Editorial Board: American Journal of Maternal Child Health: 2013 – ongoing
                       Journal of Holistic Nursing Practice – 2015 - ongoing

Professional Society:

Eastern Nursing Research Society Global Health Research Interest Group Co-Chair: 2013 – present
Sigma Theta Tau International: 2008 – present
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Nursing Association
International Council of Nurses