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After gaining her Bachelor of Nursing in 2006, Dr Crisp undertook an Honours year researching the use of restraints in aged care, working as an RN in the sector. She then completed a Graduate Nurse Transition program with Calvary Health Care, and remained with them afterwards, working in the peri-operative area. She returned to the University of Tasmania to do her PhD, a historical exploration of the development of aged care in Tasmania, during which time she tutored in many units of the BN and in several postgraduate units. Dr Crisp is currently a lecturer with the School of Health Sciences, and is also involved in several collaborative and individual research projects, including the Teaching Aged Care Facilities program with the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, and an ongoing oral history of nurse training at the Launceston General Hospital.
Dr Crisp has taught across many discipline and practice units in the BN, and has coordinated and lectured in CNA205 (Research & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing) for three years. She has also taught in several postgraduate units, including CNA601 (Nurses and Conflict), the postgraduate nursing history unit, and currently coordinates the Masters in Clinical Nursing/Midwifery program. Dr Crisp's principle teaching interests are research methodologies, leadership, and the history of nursing. She is also involved with the Teaching Aged Care Facilities program as an academic liaison, to promote and improve learning opportunities for healthcare students in aged care settings.
Dr Crisp's passion is historical research, particularly the history of nursing, the history of aged care (her PhD focus), and the history of welfare, in Australia and internationally. She is also interested in the way in which aged care is currently provided, including the palliative approach to caring for people with dementia in aged care settings, interprofessional learning and practice in aged care, and student nurse attitudes to aged care and the aging population.
Authorised by Head of Nursing and Midwifery
2 May, 2015