I have worked in the field of pediatric nursing for more than 30 years. My specific population of interest is children with disabilities and their families, a group that captured my heart very early in my career. I have worked as a floor nurse, home care nurse, long term care nurse, pediatric intensive care nurse, nurse educator, pediatric clinical nurse specialist, and finally as an assistant professor. I have long wanted to give the families of children with disabilities a voice. This was the impetus for me going back for my doctoral degree and my work in research with families of children who use a speech generating device.
- Associate of Science in Nursing, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 1980.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian, IN, 1997.
- Master of Science in Nursing, Children at Risk, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, 2002.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2009.
- Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 1990-2008
- Pediatric Special Interest Group Co-Chair, 1984
- Pediatric Special Interest Group Chair, 1985
- Conference Local Chair, 1995
- Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 1990-2005
- Positions held: Secretary, Vice-President, President, Ex-Officio President, Conference Chair
- Developmental Disabilities Nurse Association, 1993-2009
- Indiana Chapter of DDNA , 1993-2009
- Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter , 2000-2011
- Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2002-2011
- National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2002-2011
- American Speech and Hearing Association, 2008-2009. 2012-present
- International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2008-2009
- National League of Nursing, 2012- present
- S483 Clinical Nurse Practice Capstone, 2003-2004
- S484 Research Utilization Seminar, 2003-2004, 2012, 2013
- B231 Communication for Health Professionals , 2011-2012
- B230 Developmental Issues in Health, 2012-2012
Administrative & Service Responsibilities
- Synergy (nursing faculty coordination), 2011-present
- Academic Affairs, 2012-2014
- Faculty Senate, 2012-2014
- Grievance Board, 2012-2014
- APA coordinator, Division of Nursing, 2013-present
- Sigma Theta Tau International Campus Counselor, 2012-2014
Completed Master's Studies
Pilot research study: How Parent’s Evaluate Self-Esteem in their Non-Verbal Child with a Disability. Served as Co-investigator of this exempt study using narrative analysis to study how parents evaluate the self-esteem of their child who is unable to speak and has a disability. Spring 2002.
Completed Doctoral Studies
- Pilot research study: Parent’s Likes and Dislikes Regarding their Child’s Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) Device. Spring 2008.
- Doctoral Research Study: Family Experiences with Their Child’s Use of a Speech Generating Device. Fall 2009.
Awards & Activities
- Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter, Scholarship, 2000.
- Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, 2001.
- Midwest Nursing Research Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Award, 2002.
- Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2002.
- Jessie Cross Graduate Nursing Scholarship, 2002.
- PhD Fellowship in Nursing, 2005-2006.
- William and Doris Rodie Dissertation Scholarship, 2009.
- Midwest Nursing Research Society, Pediatric Section, Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2010.
- Mayes, K. & Crisp, C. (1991). Ensuring Growth and Development in the Hospitalized Rehabilitation Client, Kansas City, MO
- Crisp, C. (1992). Sexuality and the School-Ager with a Chronic Disability, Association of Rehabilitation Nurse’s Conference, Pittsburg, PA
- Crisp, C. (1995). Developing a Comprehensive Orientation Program for Nonlicensed Personnel in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Setting. Association of Rehabilitation Nurse’s Conference, Indianapolis, IN
- Crisp, C. (2002). The Nurses Role in Sexuality Teaching for Children with Disabilities, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Conference, Kansas City, MO
- Crisp, C. (2005). Are PEGs Making Dinosaurs of Other Types of Enteral Tubes, Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Indianapolis, IN
- Ellett, M. & Crisp, C. (2006). Using Algoritms to Improve the Safety and Cost Efficacy of Nursing Practice, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, San Antonio, TX
- Crisp, C. (2007). Are PEGs Making Dinosaurs of Other Types of Enteral Tubes. Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Omaha, NE
- Crisp, C. (2009). Out of the Chrysalis of Silence and into a World of Possibilities: Family Experiences of Having a Child using a Speech Generating Device, Institute for Interpretive Phenomenology, Indianapolis, IN
- Crisp, C. (2009) Poster: No One to Help Me: Family Frustrations with Their Child’s AAC Device, Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
- Crisp, C. (2009) The Role of the Nurse in Using SGD for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients, Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
- Crisp, C. (2010). Out of the Chrysalis of Silence, into a World of Possibilities. Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Kansas City, MO
- ASK Advisory Board Member, 2007-present
- Executive Board Member, 2008-2011
- Board Secretary, 2008
- Development Recruitment and Retention Committee, 2008-2010
- Chair Elect, 2009
- Board Chair, 2010
- Riley Child Development Center Research Committee, 2008-2011
- Riley Child Development Center Telemedicine Committee, 2008-2011
- MNRS Pediatric Pre-Conference Committee, 2008
- Indiana Governors Planning Counsel for Persons with Disabilities
- Board Member, 2010-present
- MNRS Conference Reviewer, 2010
- CANS Abstract Reviewer, 2010
- Indiana Coalition on Post Secondary Education Family Committee, 2010-present
- Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Peer Reviewer, 2010
- Rehabilitation Nursing Journal Peer Reviewer, 2010
- Pediatric Nursing Journal Peer Reviewer, 2010-present