Professional Bio

Education
  • Ed.D., Cardinal Stritch University
  • M.S.N., Walden University
  • B.S.N., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

 

Clinical Certifications and Expertise

  • Geriatrics
  • Certified MDS Coordinator
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Professional Memberships  

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Alpha Kappa Chapter, Treasurer
  • Wisconsin Health Care Association
  • Association for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
  • Wisconsin Nurses Association
  • National Association for Female Executives
  • American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC)

 

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Culture change
  • Resident-centered care
  • Reduction of Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) in the elderly
  • Alternative educational opportunities related to elder care
  • Hopelessness in the elderly
  • Development of best practices in elder care
  • Combining psychosocial and medical models of care to develop a new model of care for the elderly
  • Development of innovative online curriculum to enhance understanding of elder care

Recent Publications

Stoeckel, P., & Kruschke, C. (2013). DNP’s perceptions of the DNP. Clinical Scholars Review, 6(2), 91–97.

Kruschke, C., Kelly, A., & Luib, P. (2013) Chapter 36: Health policy. In K. Mauk, Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care (eChapters). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Recent Presentations

Kruschke C, Ellison N.  Student Perceptions of using VoiceThread in an Online Course.  Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference, Boulder, CO:  Podium presentation.  August 6, 2014.

Stoeckel P, Kruschke C. Faculty and student perceptions of using asynchronous audio conferencing in online courses. 2014 Asian Conference on Society, Education and Technology, (ACSET) Osaka, Japan: Podium presentation. October 28, 2014.Kruschke, C. VoiceThread, eLearning Consortium of Colorado, Denver, CO. February 28, 2014. 

Stoeckel P, Kruschke C, Berg B. Flipped Classroom: Using Finance Modules for DNP Students. Seventh National Doctors of Nursing Practice Inc. Conference, Nashville, TN: Poster Presentation. October 8-10, 2014.

Kruschke, C. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology of the Aging Population. Colorado Health Care Association, Platform. Denver, CO. November 14 & 15, 2013. 

Kruschke, C. Person Centered Care Planning, Colorado Assisted Living Association Conference, Denver, CO. Platform. June, 2013.

Kruschke, C., Not Just a C.N.A., Increase Your Visibility as a Team Member, 2013 C.N.A. Leadership Conference, Colorado Health Care Association, Denver, CO. Platform. June 2013.

Kruschke, C. Person Centered Care Planning, Colorado Accord Conference presented by the Colorado Culture Change Coalition, Denver, CO. Platform. Invited to present. June 2013.

Kruschke, C. ElderCare Specialist Certificate Program. Colvaria, St. Paul Health Center, Denver, CO., Meeting Presentation. May 2013.

Kruschke, C. (May 31, 2012) The Case for Resident-Centered Care, 6th International Eden Alternative Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kruschke, C. (April 12, 2013) Culture change: Paradigm shift, Colorado Culture Change Coalition, The Summit Event Center, Aurora, CO.

Kruschke, C., Amador, T.K., Malhotra, J., & Steffen, T. (April 11, 2013). Testing the Care Dependency Scale in the Long-Term Care Setting. Western Social Science Association, Chronic Disease and Disability Section, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Graham-Dickerson, P., Wimett, L., & Kruschke, C. (April 10, 2013) The Lived Experience of Digital Storytelling, 55th Annual Conference of Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO.

Stoeckel, P. & Kruschke, C. (January 6-9, 2013) Interactive Approaches to Teaching Appreciation of Cultural Diversity Online, 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Kruschke, C. & Stoeckel, P. (January 6-9, 2013) The Flipped Classroom Applied to Online Learning, 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Kruschke, C., Roth, T., & Marcisz, N. (January 6-9, 2013), A Finance, Economics, and Accounting Course for the Master Level Nurse: Transforming the Impossible to the Possible with Online Learning Techniques, 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Kruschke, C. (October, 2012) Person-Centered Care Planning, Changing the Culture of Caring, Colorado Assisted Living Association Conference, Denver, CO.

Kruschke, C. and Stoeckel, P. (2011, September) Study of the DNP Role. Fourth National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, New Orleans, Louisana.

Graham-Dickerson, P., Wimett, L., & Kruschke, C. (May 31, 2012) Promoting Person-Directed Care Across Long Term Care Transitions, 6th International Eden Alternative Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kruschke, C. and Stoeckel, P. (2011, June) Perceptions of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Role in Care of Older Persons in the US. 16th National Conference on Gerontological Nursing, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Awards and Recognition

Grants awarded

  • Research award for Exploration of the Role and Efficacy of Eldercare Specialists in Colorado, Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-Large, $2,500, 2012
  • Research to determine if the Arapahoe Community College ElderCare Specialist Certificate program is beneficial in improving the lives of older persons who are cared for by the graduates of the program, The Colorado Nursing Facility Culture Change Accountability/CMP Distribution grant, $25,000, 2011
  • Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) Award, Testing the Care Dependency Scale in the Long-Term Care Setting, Regis University. $1,600, 2010-2011/li>

Recognition

  • Nightingale Luminary Award, Center Colorado Areas Health Education Center (AHEC) for the Denver Metro Region,  April 2016

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession

  • Chair, Research Committee, Eden Alternative International
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Culture Change Coalition
  • Advisory Board, Arapahoe Community College, Elder Care Specialist Certificate Program

Service to Community

  •  Board of Commissioners, Veterans Community Living Centers, appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, 2015