Associate Professor, Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Regis University
Ph.D., Education, Cardinal Stritch University; M.S., Health Care Administration, Cardinal Stritch University; M.S., Nursing, Walden University; B.S., Business Administration, Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; B.S., Nursing, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Does the Eden Alternative Improve Resident Outcomes in a Long Term Care Setting?
Geriatrics, Culture Change, Nursing Leadership, and Health Care Management. Dr. Kruschke’s career in long term care spans over 20 years. She began as a nursing assistant and her roles have included LPN, RN, Supervisor, Manager of Education and Quality Assurance, Director of Nursing, and Nursing Home Administrator. She has assisted nursing homes to overcome a variety of challenges and has experienced the satisfaction of achieving deficiency-free surveys. Dr. Kruschke’s research includes improving the lives of older adults through staff education; falls reduction in the long term care setting; improving quality of care and resident outcomes through application of the Eden Alternative; the role of culture change in quality improvement through role development of organizational members in a collaborative atmosphere; integration of technology into nursing education; and the role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in shaping nursing practice. She has extensive experience presenting seminars and speaking at National and International conferences on the topics of Geriatrics, Culture Change, Nursing Leadership, Health Care Management, and Adult Education.