Meet the Experts


Dr. Thomas (Tom) Ahrens, RN, PhD, FAAN

Chief Learning Officer

Well-known as a national and international speaker for almost thirty years, Dr. Ahrens is an expert on critical care topics. Dr. Ahrens is actively involved in technology application, particularly in hemodynamic monitoring and capnography. His work is widely published in the application of technology to clinical practice. Dr. Ahrens is extensively published, including five books and over 100 papers, including research demonstrating how improving communication with high-risk patient families can improve both outcome and cost control.



Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, FAAN, FRCN

Chief Faculty Development Officer

Dr. Benner is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She brings 35 years of experience in nursing education with a research focus on clinical reasoning and judgment, the development of expertise from the novice student to the expert practicing clinician. During the time when Dr. Benner directed the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching National Nursing Education Study, she published a landmark work...



Patricia (Pat) Hooper Kyriakidis, RN, PhD

Chief Integrations Officer

Dr. Kyriakidis has consulted extensively in developing expertise in clinical practice, in transforming environments to support expertise and practice development, and in designing and implementing clinical recognition programs.

Her research over the past 22 years has examined the clinical reasoning, judgment, and skillful performance of experts. A nationally-known speaker, Dr. Kyriakidis presents on topics such as critical care, practice development, and leadership.