Muriel Ryden

Muriel RydenDr. Muriel Ryden
Professor Emerita

Dr. Ryden was a faculty member at South Dakota State University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota, where she served as Long Term Care Professor in the School of Nursing and Faculty Associate of the Center for Bioethics.

Her research and teaching focused on the intersection of ethics and gerontology as well as communication in health care. Her research included study of the morale and autonomy of nursing home residents, policies and practices regarding resuscitation in long-term care facilities and ethical issues in dementia care, including the prevention and reduction of behavioral problems and the effects of using gerontological advance practice nurses in long term care facilities. Grants from the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Nursing Research and Aging within the National Institutes of Health have supported her research.

Dr. Ryden developed an integrative approach to teaching ethics in undergraduate nursing called Multi-Course Sequential Learning with funding from the Fund for Post-Secondary Education, US Department of Education. Her education-related research has dealt with measurement of moral reasoning in nursing students, strategies for teaching ethics and interpersonal communication skills, assessment of the needs of nurse educators regarding gerontology and employer support for continuing education for nurses.

Dr. Ryden was awarded the Horace T. Morse Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.. She was named a Fellow of the American Association of Nursing and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Ryden was honored as one of 100 Distinguished Graduates of the College of Education in 2006 and as one of 100 Distinguished Graduates of the School of Nursing in 2008.