Nancy Ryan-Wenger, PhD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Contact Information

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722.0543
FX: (614) 722.6980
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  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Education and Training

Undergraduate School

  • The Ohio State University
    Date Completed: 06/30/1970

Graduate School

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
    Date Completed: 06/30/1977

Graduate School

  • Case Western Reserve University
    Date Completed: 06/30/1980

Post Doctoral

  • Case Western Reserve University
    Date Completed: 06/30/1984

Professional Experience


  • President, Nancy A. Ryan-Wenger Consulting, LLC Biostatistics, Research Design, Scientific Writing


  • Nurse Scientist, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH


  • Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, OH


  • Director of Nursing Research, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH


  • Principal Investigator, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH


  • Director of Nursing Research, The Ohio State University College of Nursing


  • Associate Dean for Research, The Ohio State University College of Nursing


  • Lester JL, Bernhard L, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2012. A self-report instrument that describes urogenital atrophy symptoms in breast cancer survivors.  Western Journal of Nursing Research. Vol. 34, no. 1. (February): 72-96.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Gardner W. 2012. Hospitalized children’s perspectives on the quality and equity of their nursing care.  Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Vol. 27, no. 1. (January): 35-42.
  • Chipps E, Wills CE, Tanda R, Patterson ES, Elfrink V, Brodnik M, Schweikhart S, Ryan-Wenger N. 2011. Registered nurses' judgments of the error classification and risk level of patient care errors.  Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Vol. 26, no. 4. (October): 302-310.
  • Janiszewski Goodin H, Ryan-Wenger NA, Mullet J. 2011. Pediatric medical line safety: The prevalence and severity of medical line entanglements.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
  • von Sadovszky V, Ryan-Wenger N, Moore D, Jones A. 2011. Army women's evaluations of a self-administered intervention to prevent sexually transmitted diseases during travel.  Travel Medicine & Infectious Disease. Vol. 7, no. 4. (July): 192-197.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Kimchi-Woods J, Erbaugh MA, LaFollette L, Lathrop J. 2011. Challenges and conundrums in the validation of pediatric fall risk scales.  Pediatric Nursing.
  • Lowe NK, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2011. The value of symptoms and clinical signs in the diagnosis of uncomplicated urinary tract infection in women.  The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care.
  • Sousa VD, Ryan-Wenger NA, Driessnack M, Jaber AF. 2010. Factorial structure of the perception of risk factors for type 2 diabetes scale: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses.  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Vol. 16, no. 6. (December): 1096-1102.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Neal JL, Jones A, Lowe NL. 2010. Accuracy of vaginal symptom self-diagnosis algorithms for deployed military women.  Nursing Research. Vol. 59, no. 1. (January): 2-10.
  • Brewer T, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2009. Critical care air transport team (CCATT) nurses deployed experience.  Military Medicine. Vol. 174, no. 5. (May): 508-514.
  • Hopkins-Chadwick DL, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2009. Stress in junior enlisted air force women with and without children.  West J Nurse Res. Vol. 31, no. 3. (April): 409-427.
  • Lowe NK, Neal JL, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2009. Accuracy of the clinical diagnosis of vaginitis compared with a DNA probe laboratory standard.  Obstetrics & Gynecology. Vol. 113, no. 1. (January): 89-95.
  • von Sadovszky V, Ryan-Wenger NA, Germann S, Evans M, Fortney C. 2008. Army women's reasons for condom use and non-use.  Women’s Health Issues. Vol. 18, no. 3. (May): 174-180.
  • Powell DA, Perkins L, Huang SH, Hunt G, Ryan-Wenger N. 2008. Completion of therapy for latent tuberculosis in children of different nationalities.  The Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Vol. 27, no. 3. (March): 272-274.
  • Bauldoff GS, Ryan-Wenger NA, Diaz PT. 2007. Wrist actigraphy validation of exercise movement in COPD.  Western Journal Of Nursing Research. Vol. 29, no. 7. (November): 789-802.
  • Su YH, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2007. Children's adjustment to parental cancer: a theoretical model development.  Cancer Nursing. Vol. 30, no. 5. (September): 362-381.
  • von Sadovszky V, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2007. Army women's sexual health information needs.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. Vol. 10, no. 36. (July): 348-357.
  • Kilanowski JF, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2007. Health status in an invisible population: carnival and migrant worker children.  Western Journal Of Nursing Research. Vol. 29, no. 1. (February): 100-120.
  • Skybo T, Ryan-Wenger N, Su YH. 2007. Human figure drawings as a measure of children's emotional status: critical review for practice.  Journal Of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 22, no. 1. (February): 15-28.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA. 2007. Diagnostic Testing. In Core Curriculum for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Edited by Ryan-Wenger NA. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby/Elsevier.
  • Lowe NK, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2006. Factors associated with vaginal douching in military women.  Military Medicine. Vol. 171, no. 10. (October): 1015-1019.
  • Dremsa TL, Ryan-Wenger NA, Reineck C. 2006. Reliability and validity testing of a short form of the Readiness Estimate and Deployability Index Revised for Air Force Nurses.  Military Medicine. Vol. 171, no. 9. (September): 879-884.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Sharrer VW, Campbell KK. 2005. Changes in children's stressors over the past 30 years.  Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 31, no. 4. (July): 282-288; 291.
  • Duong DN, Schempp C, Barker E, Cupples S, Pierce P, Ryan-Wenger N, Turner M, Young-McCaughan S. 2005. Developing military nursing research priorities.  Military Medicine. Vol. 170, no. 5. (May): 362-365.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA; Lowe NK. 2005. Issues of Deployed Women. In Women in the Military Today
  • Wynd CA, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2004. Factors predicting health behaviors among Army Reserve, active duty Army, and civilian hospital employees.  Military Medicine. Vol. 169, no. 12. (December): 942-947.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA. 2004. The Schoolagers' Coping Strategies Inventory. In Assessing Children's Well-Being: A Handbook of Measures. Edited by Naar-King S; Ellis D; Frey M. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Buck JS, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2003. Early adolescents' definition of health: The development of a new taxonomy.  Journal of Theory Construction and Testing. Vol. 7, no. 2. (September): 50-55.
  • Lowe NK, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2003. Military women's risk factors for and symptoms of genitourinary infections during deployment.  Military Medicine. Vol. 168, no. 7. (July): 569-574.
  • Skybo T, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2003. Measures of overweight status in school-age children.  Journal of School Nursing. Vol. 19, no. 3. (June): 172-180.
  • Board R; Ryan-Wenger N. 2003. Stressors and stress symptoms of mothers with children in the PICU.  Journal Of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 18, no. 3. (June): 195-202.
  • Steward DK, Ryan-Wenger NA, Boyne LJ. 2003. Selection of growth parameters to define failure to thrive.  Journal Of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 18, no. 1. (February): 52-59.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA. 2002. Impact of the threat of war on children in military families.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Vol. 16, no. 5. (September): 245-252.
  • Board R; Ryan-Wenger N. 2002. Long-term effects of pediatric intensive care unit hospitalization on families with young children.  Heart & Lung: The Journal Of Critical Care. Vol. 31, no. 1. (January): 53-66.
  • Sharrer VW, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2002. School-age children's self-reported stress symptoms.  Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 28, no. 1. (January): 21-27.
  • Steward DK, Moser DK, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2001. Biobehavioral characteristics of infants with failure to thrive.  Journal Of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 16, no. 3. (June): 162-171.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA. 2001. Impact of the threat of war on children in military families.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Vol. 71, no. 2. (April): 263-244.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA. 2001. Use of children's drawings for measurement of developmental level and emotional status.  Journal of Child and Family Nursing. Vol. 4, no. 2. (January): 139-149.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Lowe NK. 2000. Military women's perspectives on health care during deployment.  Women's Health Issues. Vol. 10, no. 6. (November): 333-343.
  • Lowe NK, Ryan-Wenger NA. 2000. A clinical test of women's self-diagnosis of genitourinary infections.  Clinical Nursing Research. Vol. 9, no. 2. (May): 144-160.
  • Board R, Ryan-Wenger N. 2000. State of the science on parental stress and family functioning in pediatric intensive care units.  American Journal Of Critical Care. Vol. 9, no. 2. (March): 106-122.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA; Sharrer VM; Wynd CA. 2000. Stress, coping, and health in children. In Handbook of Stress, Coping and Health. Edited by Rice VH. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Lowe NK, Ryan-Wenger NM. 1999. Over-the-counter medications and self-care.  The Nurse Practitioner. Vol. 24, no. 12. (December): 34-44.
  • Polivka BJ, Ryan-Wenger N. 1999. Health promotion and injury prevention behaviors of elementary school children.  Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 25, no. 2. (March): 127-134.
  • Carroll MK, Ryan-Wenger NA. 1999. School-age children's fears, anxiety, and human figure drawings.  Journal Of Pediatric Health Care: Official Publication Of National Association Of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners. Vol. 13, no. 1. (January): 24-31.
  • Hornor G, Ryan-Wenger NA. 1999. Aberrant genital practices: An unrecognized form of child sexual abuse.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Vol. 13, no. 1. (January): 12-17.
  • Wynd CA, Ryan-Wenger NA. 1998. The health and physical readiness of Army reservists: a current review of the literature and significant research questions.  Military Medicine. Vol. 163, no. 5. (May): 283-287.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Lee JM. 1997. The clinical reasoning case study: a powerful teaching tool.  The Nurse Practitioner. Vol. 22, no. 5. (May): 66-67.
  • Lee JE, Ryan-Wenger N. 1997. The "Think Aloud" seminar for teaching clinical reasoning: a case study of a child with pharyngitis.  Journal Of Pediatric Health Care. Vol. 11, no. 3. (May): 101-110.
  • Lee JM, Ryan-Wenger NA. 1997. Case Study 1: A child with a heart murmur.  The Nurse Practitioner. Vol. 22, no. 5. (January): 76-85.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA, Lee JM. 1997. Case Study 2: An infant with diaper rash.  The Nurse Practitioner. Vol. 22, no. 5. (January): 86-102.
  • Ryan-Wenger NA. 1996. Children, coping, and the stress of illness: A synthesis of the research.  Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses. Vol. 1, no. 3. (October): 126-138.
  • Sharrer VW; Ryan-Wenger NA. 1995. A longitudinal study of age and gender differences in school-age children's stressors and coping strategies.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1994. Coping behavior in children: Methods of measurement for research and clinical practice.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 9, no. 3. (June): 183-195.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM, Walsh M. 1994. Children's perspectives on coping with asthma.  Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 20, no. 3. (May): 224-228.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM, Copeland SG. 1994. Coping strategies used by African-American school-age children from low-income families.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 9, no. 1. (February): 33-40.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1994. Psychogenic pain in children.  Annual Review of Nursing Research. Vol. 12, no. January: 3-31.
  • Walsh M; Ryan-Wenger NM. 1992. Sources of stress in children with asthma.  Journal of School Health. Vol. 62, no. 10. (December): 459-463.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1992. Physical and psychosocial impact of activation and deactivation on Army Reserve Nurses.  Military Medicine. Vol. 157, no. 9. (September): 447-452.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1992. A taxonomy of children's coping strategies: A step toward theory development.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Vol. 62, no. 2. (April): 256-263.
  • Lowe N, Ryan-Wenger NM. 1992. Beyond Campbell and Fiske: Assessment of convergent and discriminant construct validity.  Research in Nursing & Health. Vol. 15, no. 1. (February): 67-75.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1992. Research Utilization: Guidelines for critique of a research report.  Heart & Lung. Vol. 21, no. 4. (January): 394-401.
  • Sharrer VW, Ryan-Wenger NM. 1991. Measurements of stress and coping among school-aged children with and without recurrent abdominal pain.  Journal of School Health. Vol. 61, no. 2. (January): 86-91.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1990. Development and psychometric properties of the Schoolagers' Coping Strategies Inventory.  Nursing Research. Vol. 39, no. 6. (November): 346-349.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1990. Inadequacy of current stress-coping theory for nursing care of children. In Proceedings of the Rosemary Ellis Scholars Retreat
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1990. A nursing process methodology.  Nursing Outlook. Vol. 38, no. 4. (January): 190-193.
  • Ryan-Wenger NM. 1990. Children's psychosomatic responses to stress. In Childhood Stress. Edited by Arnold LE. New York: Wiley & Sons.
  • Ryan NM. 1989. Stress-coping strategies identified from schoolage children's perspective.  Research in Nursing & Health. Vol. 12, no. 2. (April): 111-122.
  • Ryan NM. 1989. How to develop and present a research poster.  Applied Nursing Research. Vol. 2, no. 1. (January): 52-54.
  • Ryan NM. 1988. The stress-coping process in schoolage children: Gaps in the knowledge needed for health promotion.  Advances in Nursing Science. Vol. 11, no. 1. (January): 1-12.
  • Ryan NM. 1986. Recurrent abdominal pain in schoolage children.  American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. Vol. 11, no. 2. (January): 102-106.
  • Ryan NM. 1983. The epidemiological method of building causal inference.  Advances in Nursing Science. Vol. 5, no. 2. (January): 73-81.
  • Ryan NM. 1983. Body rocking, head banging, and head rolling: An analysis of rhythmic motor activities in healthy infants.  Pediatric Nursing. Vol. 9, no. 4. (January): 281-285.
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