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Patricia R. Ryan, APRN

Patricia Ryan

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

What is your fondest memory in your 25 years working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

The day I walked in for my interview. I arrived early in the morning, watched the fall fog lift and the hospital slowly unfold before me. I remember spending the day meeting the staff of the Pediatric Department, feeling welcomed from day one.

What about your job inspires you?

The dedication of my colleagues and their commitment to our patients and families, to see the faces of new parents as they hold their newborn and then to help them enjoy their milestones over time. I have been able to share in families' joys and sorrows, which provides a sense of the beauty of life. I am glad I chose this career as it has been an amazing journey.

What do you like best about your department?

The ability to follow a family's growth from newborn to young adulthood and then seeing those same patients become parents themselves. Providing continuity allows me to enjoy a child's growth as well as assist the parents to meet their challenges. These are the best parts of primary care.