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Keary Dryden



Keary Dryden

MSN, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
BSN, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


Keary joined the Belmont faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Fall of 1992 as a clinical instructor for Introduction to Nursing. In January 2004, she began a full time position. She continues as a clinical instructor for Introduction to Nursing and teaches labs for Adult Health Nursing.

Keary’s  clinical practice has primarily been in Neurology and Neurosurgery first as a staff nurse at Vanderbilt Hospital.  In Memphis, TN she taught at the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and later worked in Staff Development, Management and as a Clinical Specialist at the Baptist Hospital.  After moving to Nashville, she worked as Clinical Specialist in Neurology/Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  As a clinical instructor at Belmont, she has taken to students to a variety of clinical settings including Neurology/Neurosurgery, Medical, Orthopedic  and Urology.


A personal note from Keary. . . .

Volunteering as a “candy striper” at a children’s cerebral palsy day care center was the beginning of my journey to a career in nursing.  With a lot of encouragement from a high school guidance counselor, I applied to several nursing schools and ended up at Vanderbilt.  One of my favorite nursing instructors was a Clinical Specialist in Neurology/Neurosurgery and it was her mentorship that guided me to my clinical practice.

I feel that God has brought me to a special place here at Belmont. For many years I have guided beginning nursing students through the first clinical experience and love being a part of launching students into their clinical practice. A big blessing of being a part of the Belmont community has been the opportunity to experience the Cambodia trip as a faculty member. No words can describe the impact the experience has had on my life and being able to see the transformation of the lives of the students.

I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy reading, gardening and walking (not running!).


Contact Information

Email: keary.dryden@belmont.edu



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