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Dr. Neva Crogan is a Professor of Nursing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
A systems approach to improving the nutritional status and quality of life of nursing home elders is Dr. Crogan’s nursing and research focus. She has identified barriers to nutrition care, developed a predictive model for malnutrition, tested a nutrition educational program, explored views of nursing home residents regarding food and food service, developed and pilot tested an instrument to measure nursing home resident food satisfaction, and tested a new theoretical framework designed to explain the relationship between nutrition status, quality of life, and health outcomes in nursing home elders. She has published more than 60 data based research articles and has presented at multiple regional, national and international conferences.
Dr. Crogan has worked as a nurse educator training nursing home staff in the care of older adults, as a Washington State nursing home inspector ensuring quality care and compliance with state and federal regulations, and as a nurse consultant for a large number of skilled nursing facilities. Currently in addition to her teaching for Gonzaga, she conducts aging research, practices nursing as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and acts as a consultant and expert reviewer for nursing homes and attorney groups.
Dr. Crogan received her BSN from the University of the State of New York in 1983, a Master’s in Nursing from Eastern Washington University in 1992 and a PhD from Washington State University in 1998. Her post-doctorate education includes a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate in 2007 from the University of Virginia. She was the recipient of the 2011 Western Institute of Nursing – John Harford Geriatric Research Award for a senior researcher, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was the co-recipient of the 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International Research Utilization Award.