Professional Bio

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

Professional Memberships

  • Colorado Culture Change Coalition, Board of Directors
  • Arapahoe Community College, Elder Care Specialist Certificate Program, Advisory Board
  • 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)

Clinical Expertise & Certifications

  • Geriatrics
  • Certified MDS Coordinator
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Research & 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. VoiceThread, eLearning Consortium of Colorado, Denver, CO. February 28, 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.

Kruschke, C., Stoeckel, P., Berg, Barbara and Ernst, Diane. (2010, October) Leadership and Managment Role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Care of Older Persons in the USA. Fourth European Nursing Congress: Older Persons: the Future of Care, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Kruschke, C., Roth, T., and Marcisz, N. (2010, September) Redesigning Two Health Care Finance, Economics, and Accounting Courses. NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 29-October 2, 2010. Poster Presentation.

Kruschke, C. and Stoeckel, P. (2010, June) The Role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Shaping Nursing Practice. 8th National Conference of Nursing Workforce Leaders, Dearborn, Michigan.

Kruschke, C. (2010, April). Conflict Management. Grand Rounds, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Lone Tree, Colorado. Podium Presentation.

Kruschke, C., Roth, T., and Marcisz, N. (2010, April) Redesigning Two Health Care Finance, Economics, and Accounting Courses. Western Institute of Nursing 43rd Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Glendale, Arizona, April 14-17, 2010. Poster Presentation.

Kruschke, C. (2009, October). Successful Aging/ Geriatrics/ Dementia training. Arapahoe Community College ELS 201 ElderCare Specialist Program.

Kruschke, C. (2009, October). Does the Eden Alternative Improve Resident Outcomes in a Long-Term Care Setting? The Case for Resident-Centered Care. National Gerontological Nursing Association 2009 Convention, St. Louis, Missouri. Poster Presentation.

Kruschke, C. (2009, October). Development of a Fall Prevention Program in a Subacute Long Term Care Setting Over a Twelve Month Period. National Gerontological Nursing Association 2009 Convention, St. Louis, Missouri. Poster Presentation.

Kruschke, C. (2009, September). The Case for Resident Centered Care. Aged and Community Australia 2009 National Conference, Perth, Australia. Podium Presentation.

Kruschke, C. (2009, June). The Case for Resident Centered Care. Meeting of the Colorado Coalition for Culture Change, Denver, Colorado. Podium Presentation.

Kruschke, C. (2009, March). Fall Prevention in the Elderly. 7th National Conference of Nursing Workforce Leaders, Biloxi, Mississippi. Podium Presentation

Awards & Recognition

  • 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

  • Falls reduction in the long term care setting: Testing a falls assessment tool in the long term care setting, Sponsored Projects Academic Research Council (SPARC) grant, Regis University, $2,000, 2010