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Dr. Crenshaw is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (TTUHSC SON) and teaches in the DNP and MSN in Nursing Administration programs. She also serves as a family educator at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas (THD). Previously, she was a full-time clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and a clinical education specialist for Texas Health Resources (THR), a large health care system in North Texas. For 10 years (1995-2005) she directed family education at THD and at two other THR hospitals, implementing innovative prenatal and postpartum programs. Dr. Crenshaw’s professional work focuses on implementing evidence-based clinical and administrative practices, and on and attaining state, national, and international breastfeeding goals. She has presented international, national, and local programs on a variety of topics, including evidence-based maternity, leadership, and preoperative surgical practices. Crenshaw’s policy efforts include giving written and oral testimony (e.g., Healthy People 2020), meeting with federal, state, and local legislators, and interacting with the media to advocate for policy changes to improve health care. She was an invited guest at the Washington DC briefing on the US Surgeon General’s Breastfeeding Call to Action (January 2011). In 2010, Crenshaw led a unique study with national and international experts to improve the rate of early mother-baby skin-to-skin care. The rate increased by 25% in mothers who had cesarean surgery. Her study was published in the April 2012 issue of Breastfeeding Medicine. Crenshaw also has published 3 nursing research studies (and numerous other papers) on preoperative fasting, showing that “NPO after midnight” continues to be routine despite the strong evidence on the safety and efficacy of liberalizing preoperative fasting. Crenshaw’s work has received widespread media attention and support from nursing and anesthesia leaders worldwide. Dr. Crenshaw is Lamaze International’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) and the USDA Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, chair of the USBC nominating committee, and member of the Lamaze Institute for Healthy Birth. She currently serves a secretary of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. She was board member (2001-2008) and president, Lamaze International; board member and secretary, USBC (2004-2007); and, president, Dallas Area Breastfeeding Alliance (2003-2005).
Dr. Crenshaw will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) during the Academy’s Annual Meeting on October 13th in Washington, DC. She will join 1800 Fellows who have been recognized for their leadership and accomplishments in nursing. She conducted and published research studies on preoperative fasting, one of which received wide-spread media attention. She was identified as the author of 2 of the “most important articles” published by Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, American Journal of Nursing Editor-in-Chief (2009). She was a University of Texas at Arlington Phi Kappa Phi “recognized faculty” (2010). She was a member of the global Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative Technical Advisory Committee (Geneva, Switzerland, 2006); received NurseWeek’s Patient Advocate Award (2003); was a graduate of Greater Dallas Chamber Leadership Dallas (2003); and was a Texas Nurses Association District 3 & 4 Great 100 Nurse (2000).