Dr Elaine Crisp is a lecturer at the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health. She is a Registered Nurse, with a professional background in aged care and perioperative nursing. Her research interests include nursing history, social history, qualitative research methodologies, aged care, and dementia.
- PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2012. In Safe Hands: A history of aged care in Tasmania
- BN (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 2006. Custody or Care? A critical ethnographic study into how the culture of aged care nursing influences the attitude of RNs and ECAs to freedom and risk for residents in an aged care facility
Before taking her Nursing degree, Elaine worked as an administration manager in a variety of areas in the public and private sector, including hospitality, chartered accountancy, IT, and local government. She is also a qualified beauty and massage therapist, and ran her own practice in Sydney for many years.
After gaining her Bachelor of Nursing in 2006, Elaine 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.
Elaine 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.
Elaine 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.
Elaine's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. She has worked primarily in three different but interlinked fields of nursing research: age care and dementia, nursing history, and nurse education.
In conjunction with the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, Elaine has been involved in the Teaching Aged Care Facilities project, which aims to promote and improve learning opportunities for healthcare students in aged care settings. Given the aging of Australia's population and the shortage of Registered Nurses in this sector, it is vital that more nurses choose to work in aged care; the TACF program is intended to make this choice a more likely one for our new graduates.
Elaine's PhD research examined the development of aged care and aged care nursing, particularly in the Tasmanian context. In her most current project, Elaine and colleagues are researching the history and development of nurse training and education in Tasmania. Apart from the desire to preserve this record for posterity, this research will also help to inform current and future nurse education methods and design.
- Member, Australian College of Nursing
- Member, Oral History Tasmania
Elaine has extensive administrative experience from previous positions in management, including running her own successful small business for many years.
Elaine currently coordinates the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) program. A key aim of this program is to provide clinically focused research opportunities for nursing honours students through the creation of partnerships and the promotion of cross disciplinary research within the university and clinical setting.
Aged care, Evidence-based practice, Clinical leadership, Research process, Qualitative research, Nursing history, Social history
- Postgraduate teaching
- Undergraduate teaching
- Unit design
- Quality assurance framework
- Rubric design
- Curriculum design
- Online teaching
- Nursing history
- Clinical leadership
- Aged care
- Research process
- Evidence-based practice
- Discipline of nursing
- Aged care
- Nurse education
- Nursing history
- Social history
- Welfare history
- Tasmanian history
- Qualitative research
- Critical ethnography
- Historical research
Elaine is involved in the Teaching Aged Care Facilities Project with the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.
A history of nurse education in Northern Tasmania: ongoing research project recording the development of nurse training and education from the implementation of formal training at the Launceston General Hospital in 1890.
An exhibition based on this project will open at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in October 2015, to run until February 2016. This is tied to the 125th Anniversary celebration of the University.
Fields of Research
- Nursing (111099)
- Aged Health Care (111702)
- Public Health and Health Services (111799)
- Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
- Primary Health Care (111717)
- Medical and Health Sciences (119999)
- Health and Support Services (920299)
- Nursing (920210)
- Health Related to Ageing (920502)
- Health (929999)
- Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
- Health Education and Promotion (920205)
Elaine has published several papers based on the Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program, highlighting the experiences of students in the program and outcomes from this. She has also presented papers at several national and international conferences and forums drawing on her PhD research into the history of aged care.
Journal Article(6 outputs)
|2016||Waird A, Crisp EP, 'The role of advance care planning in end-of-life care for residents of aged care facilities', The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (Online), 33, (4) pp. 26-34. ISSN 1447-4328 (2016) [Refereed Article]|
|2015||Eccleston CEA, Lea EJ, McInerney F, Crisp E, Marlow A, et al., 'An investigation of nursing students' knowledge of dementia: A questionnaire study', Nurse Education Today, 35, (6) pp. 800-805. ISSN 0260-6917 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors: Eccleston CEA; Lea EJ; McInerney F; Marlow A; Robinson AL
|2015||Lucas PV, McCall MJ, Eccleston CEA, Lea EJ, Stratton BM, et al., 'Prioritising the development of paramedic students' interpersonal skills', Journal of Paramedic Practice, 7, (5) pp. 242-248. ISSN 1759-1376 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Lucas PV; McCall MJ; Eccleston CEA; Lea EJ; Stratton BM; Annear MJ; Elliott Kate-Ellen; Robinson AL
|2014||Lea E, Marlow A, Bramble M, Andrews S, Crisp E, et al., 'Learning opportunities in a residential aged care facility: the role of supported placements for first-year nursing students', Journal of Nursing Education, 53, (7) pp. 410-414. ISSN 0148-4834 (2014) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors: Lea E; Marlow A; Bramble M; Andrews S; Eccleston C; Mason R; Robinson A
|2013||Lucas P, McCall M, Lea E, Eccleston C, Stratton B, et al., 'Clinical placements in residential care facilities part 1: positive experiences', Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5, (7) pp. 400-406. ISSN 1759-1376 (2013) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Lucas P; McCall M; Lea E; Eccleston C; Stratton B; Andrews S; Robinson A
|2013||Lucas P, McCall M, Lea E, Eccleston C, Stratton B, et al., 'Clinical placements in residential care facilities part 2: negative experiences', Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5, (8) pp. 462-468. ISSN 1759-1376 (2013) [Refereed Article]|
Co-authors: Lucas P; McCall M; Lea E; Eccleston C; Stratton B; Robinson A
|2016||Greenhalgh T, Bidewell J, Crisp E, Lambros A, Warland J, 'Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health 1e', John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Australia ISBN 978-0-7303-3565-8 (2016) [Authored Other Book]|
Chapter in Book(1 outputs)
|2016||Crisp EP, 'Aged care in Launceston', The Fabric of Launceston, LGH Historical Committee, T Dunning, B Valentine & AC Richards (ed), Australia ISBN 9780994538666 (2016) [Other Book Chapter]|
Conference Publication(8 outputs)
|2016||Radford JC, Todd A, Fuller J, Hanson PD, Bramble MD, et al., 'Evaluation of an undergraduate medical student program delivered in an Australian residential aged care facility (RACF)', ANZAHPE - OTTAWA 2016 Joint Conference, 19-23 March, 2016, Perth, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]|
Co-authors: Radford JC; Todd A; Fuller J; Hanson PD; Bramble MD
|2013||Crisp EP, ' A special branch of training': Specialized geriatric nursing in Tasmania in the mid 20th century', International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress, 18-23 May, 2013, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 34. (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2013||Crisp EP, 'Security, Care, Comfort, The LGH and Cosgrove Park', LGH Historical Committee Seminar 2013, 12-18 May, 2013, Launceston, Tasmania (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2013||Crisp EP, 'Going behind the clock': Care for the aged at the Orphan Schools site', Friends of the Orphan Schools, 28 April, Hobart, Tasmania (2013) [Keynote Presentation]|
|2013||Crisp EP, 'From Syphilis to Chandeliers: A history of aged care in Tasmania', Reel to Real No.67 April 2013, August, 2012, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 1-8. (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2012||Crisp EP, 'Then and Now: 200 Years of Aged Care in Tasmania', ANF Aged Care Conference, 27 November, Launceston, Tasmania (2012) [Keynote Presentation]|
|2011||Crisp EP, 'The End of Life at the Edge of the World: Aspects of aged care in Tasmania 1827-1994', Australian Historical Association Conference 2011, 4-8 July, 2011, Launceston, Tasmania (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]|
|2009||Crisp EP, 'Asylum or Anathema? The Rise of the Nursing Home is 20th century Australia', Conflict, Health and Progress: From Antiquity to the Present. School of History and Classics Postgraduate Conference, 24 October 2009, Launceston, Tasmania (2009) [Conference Extract]|
Major Creative Work(1 outputs)
|2015||Crisp EP, McCann DE, Saunders AF, 'Beds, Books & Bandages: 125 Years of Nurse Education in Northern Tasmania', Queen Victoria Museum, 2 Invermay Rd, Launceston, Tasmania (2015) [Curated Exhibition]|
Co-authors: McCann DE; Saunders AF
Other Public Output(2 outputs)
|2016||Crisp EP, McCann DE, Saunders AF, 'Nurses still at heart of state's health care', The Sunday Examiner, Tasmania, January 10, 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]|
Co-authors: McCann DE; Saunders AF
|2015||Crisp EP, McCann DE, Saunders AF, 'Journey of care and compassion', The Examiner, Tasmania, 27 October, 2015 (2015) [Newspaper Article]|
Co-authors: McCann DE; Saunders AF
Grants & Funding
Number of grants
- This project will provide insight into the demand for health care by non-urgent emergency department (ED) patients. This will be achieved by gathering ten years of ED data which will be analysed in order to identify factors which contribute to a patients decision-making process when presenting with non-urgent complaints. Further data will be gathered from patient focus groups, with both sets of data combined to provide a deeper understanding of this phenomenon. These findings will subsequently be presented as part of an interactive forum with key stakeholders and service users. Previous research (Unwin, 2015) identified that 31.4% of non-urgent ED patients would prefer to be managed by their general practitioner (GP). If these patients were able to be seen and treated outside the ED it is estimated that up to 8000 ED presentations could be directed to more suitable services if they were available at time of need.
- Clifford Craig Foundation ($22,009)
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Unwin M; Kinsman LD; Rigby S; Crisp EP; Holmes R
Elaine is currently supervising three PhD candidates, in the fields of health policy, child & family health, and nurse education. She is also supervising a candidate in the University's Doctor of Health program, exploring the Sub-acute sector. Elaine is particularly interested in supervising HDR candidates who have a historical aspect to their project, whether as the main focus of the study or as an underpinning.
|PhD||How Organisational and Public Policy Effects theAccessibility of Cancer Services in Tasmania and the Impact of these on the Patient Experience||2013|
|PhD||Can Stand Alone Subacute Healthcare Facilities Demonstrate Positive Clinical Outcomes in a Cost Effective Way Whilst Supporting General Acute and Mental Health Facilities?||2014|
|PhD||How does the graduate nurse develop professional identity within the first year of nursing practice? And what impact does this have on the nurse and their career planning?||2015|
|PhD||The Response of Child and Family Health Nurses to not 'Good Enough' Parenting: Parenting Behaviours that are Perceived as Abuse and/or Neglectful||2015|
|PhD||Primary Health Care to Emergency, Right Service, Right Time, Right Place||2016|