Gemma has a diverse background as a qualified teacher with QTLS/QTS and is also a registered adult nurse and nurse teacher.
Her experience includes secondary, further and higher education (maths, biology, health & social care), research management, private and NHS healthcare (community and acute setting). She holds a Doctor of Nursing, MSc Professional Education and PGCertHE obtained from DeMontfort University; BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care and PGCertAdvancing Healthcare Practice from the Open University. Gemma has extensive experience in online and distance education at a range of academic levels. Her professional doctoral study examined the concept of professionalism and social media.
Gemma currently works on a range of research projects with a particular interest in professionalism, accountability (including the legal aspects of this), online social networks and social media in healthcare and healthcare education. Ongoing research involves raising awareness of, assessment and decision making for [un]professional behaviours of nurses in social media, 'e-professionalism' policy, guidance and interventions., realist review into OSN and SM interventions for reducing obesity. Other interests include realist ethnography and realist methodologies.
Gemma has a diverse teaching background with a particular focus on nursing, health and social care and interprofessional education in the online environment. She is also interested in the use of participatory social media technologies such as blogging for reflection in partnership with students; including the use of this to teach research methods and theory. In complement to her research interests, critical realist principles and embedding these into pedagogic practices are part of her approach to the design and delivery of online materials.
Gemma has many years experience in the validation, development, design and delivery of online focused modules and programmes.
Social workers & social media: a webinar debating the issues for social work students (2018) http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/OUHWSC/index.php/2018/04/24/social-workers-social-media-a-webinar-debating-the-issues-for-social-work-students/
ADHD One Stop Shop: a nurse-lead, multi-agency clinic for children and young people with ADHD. This project changed the way ADHD services were delivered in a community trust.
DRIFT project: Nomination for ‘Health and Care in Health Tech and You’ Awards 2016
Advertorial/Editorial for Health Times (print & online) (2015) University of Derby Online Learning is proud to value inter-professional practice and education, 15 November 2015: 14 http://healthtimes.com.au/hub/nurse-education/41/news/nc1/permission-to-be-proud/1278/
ADHD information on social media: An interview with Gemma Ryan, MedicalNews.net 24th October 2014 http://www.news-medical.net/news/20141124/ADHD-information-on-social-media-an-interview-with-Gemma-Ryan.aspx
DRIFT project, ADHD research on social media: An interview with Gemma Ryan, BBC Radio Derby 23rd October 2014
EMAHSN Innovation in healthcare awards, mental health category winners, 22nd October 2014; DRIFT: Disseminating Research Information through Facebook & Twitter