Kathleen Ryan, known as “Nurse Kay” has been working as a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in nursing and completed the masters program in Nursing of Children at the University of Pennsylvania. Her career includes working in public health in Boston and Wilmington, coordinating the High Risk Infant program in Delaware, and serving as a clinical instructor at the University of Delaware in the Maternal and Child Health nursing program and clinical preceptor for the undergraduate and graduate nursing students from University of Delaware, Widener and Wilmington University. She currently is a preceptor for graduate nursing students from University of Pennsylvania. Kay is a member of the national nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, and a former member of the Delaware Board of Nursing. Kay had the privilege of traveling to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake with the Delaware Medical Relief Team in February 2010, establishing long lasting friendships while working in a makeshift clinic in Jacmel.
Playing outside brings her great joy. She loves hiking, scuba diving, cooking, travel, and yoga and is a mediocre but enthusiastic golfer. Community service is one of her keen interests, and she has served on several local charity boards. Her four daughters are well educated and well traveled, and they currently reside in exciting cities, which provide her with a fun filled itinerary. A lover of dogs, she currently lives with her cat, “Kitty”, in Wilmington.