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Ms. Ruth Ryan

Biography

Ruth's experience of providing support and care to persons, living with intellectual disability, and their families is predominantly in residential and community services and founded on her nurse training and education. As a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Ruth has further enhanced these qualifications receiving a BSc. in Nursing Studies (University of Limerick; 2000) PG Dip. in Nurse Education (University of Limerick 2002) and a MSc. in Advanced Nursing (University of Ulster 2004). PhD Philosophy completed in 2019 (University of Limerick).

Research Interests

Ruth's research focus is grounded in contributing to the health and wellbeing of persons living with intellectual disabilities and their support networks. Interest in supporting intellectually disabled people in decision making and how pragmatic, legalistic and social visions of support are embedded in daily realities underpins Ruth's doctoral studies supervised by Dr. Barry Coughlan 'Interactional guesstimating': family carers' experiences supporting profoundly intellectually disabled persons in decision-making- a constructivist grounded theory'.

Member of the Departments 'Ageing, Mental Health & Intellectual Disability' research group.

Recent projects include:
1) 2018-2021: ‘Manage, enhance, deliver and evaluate a Clinical Leadership Programme to 4 cohorts of Managers from Intellectual Disability Services in the Republic of Ireland.'
2) 2021: ‘Evaluation of the provision of evidence to inform the development of a report that specifies prevalent presenting problems or conditions that result in people with an intellectual disability being admitted to acute hospitals in Ireland'

Teaching Interests

Teaching: I have a range of modules, and utilise a range of pedagogical methods and modes of assessment to facilitate learning and independent approaches to leaning with students from undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Underpinning my teaching is the 'value of curriculum' and placing the module in context.
Specialised subject areas include; intellectual disability studies and meeting and supporting complex needs.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2014 Undergraduate Curriculum Development Team,
  • 2014 Undergraduate Curriculum DesignTeam 2014-2016,
  • 2013 Academic Programme Review Committee (APRC) 2013-2016,

Education

  • 2004 University of Ulster - MSc
  • 2002 University of Ulster - Postgraduate Diploma
  • 2001 University of Limerick - BSc (Honours - 2.1)
  • 1995 Daughters of Charity Service - Certificate

Association

  • 1995 Member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Publications

Book Chapters

2019

Chapter 14 Informed Consent
Carey, E. and Ryan, R.
(2019) Chapter 14 Informed Consent
In Handbook of Intellectual Disabilities Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice ; Johnny L. Matson(Ed.) Baton Rouge, LA, USA : Springer
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20843-1_14

2016

Chapter 4 "Family Centered Care"
De Haas, C., Ryan R.
(2016) Chapter 4 "Family Centered Care"
In ‘Health Care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan' 3rd Edition; Switzerland : Springer International Publishing
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18096-0

Peer Reviewed Journals

2019

The experiences of adults with intellectual disability in the involvement of nursing care planning in health services
Doody O.;Lyons R.;Ryan R.
(2019) The experiences of adults with intellectual disability in the involvement of nursing care planning in health services
In British Journal Of Learning Disabilities;
DOI: 10.1111/bld.12281

2019

Realising Informed Consent - A Brighter Future For All
Carey, E. and Ryan, R.
(2019) Realising Informed Consent - A Brighter Future For All
In Journal Of Intellectual Disability Research;
DOI: 10.1111/jir.12669

Conference Publications

2019

The World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD)
Carey, E. and Ryan, R.
(2019) The World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12669

2018

5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference
Ruth Ryan, Barry Coughlan
(2018) 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference

Conference Contributions

2018

5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference
Ruth Ryan, Barry Coughlan
(2018) 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference
Athens, Greece

Published Reports

2021

Report on the design, management, and evaluation of a Clinical Leadership Programme for Persons in Charge (PIC) from Intellectual Disability Support Services for Adults and Children in the Republic of Ireland
Doody, O., Carey, E., Ryan, R., O Halloran, M.
(2021) Report on the design, management, and evaluation of a Clinical Leadership Programme for Persons in Charge (PIC) from Intellectual Disability Support Services for Adults and Children in the Republic of Ireland
Limerick : University of Limerick and National Clinical Leadership Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, HSE

2014

Findings from the Public Consultation on the Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities
Salmon, N., Ryan, R., Angus, J., Mc Sherry, E., O'Shea, K., and O'Connell, N.
(2014) Findings from the Public Consultation on the Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities
National Disability Authority : National Disability Authority
DOI: http://nda.ie/Publications/Disabilty-Supports/Standards/Report-on-the-Public-Consultation-on-Draft-Interim-Standards-for-New-Directions-Services-and-Supports-for-Adults-with-Disabilities.html
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