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About Carol Crosby

My name is Carol Crosby and I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at IPFW. I have held this position since 2009, when I returned to my home town of Fort Wayne to care for my aging patents. Prior to joining IPFW, I was the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) in Richmond, Virginia. I held that position for eight years and had the honor to lead our organization in achieving recognition as a Magnet Health Care Organization from the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) in 2006. I am also pleased that the VCUHS was re-accredited in 2011, a testimony to my belief that a Magnet culture lives within the heart of the organization, and is not dependent on one individual or leader. Prior to assuming my position at the VCUHS, I was the Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at University Hospital, State University of New York in Syracuse.
As you can see from my resume, the majority of my career has been in Nursing Administration. I have had the opportunity to practice in six different university teaching hospitals in a variety of administrative positions. I have been a Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Manager, Nurse Recruiter, Director of Medical Nursing, Assistant Administrator for Nursing, Nursing Consultant, and Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. I have also held academic appointments at Indiana University, The State University of New York in Syracuse, Syracuse University, and at Virginia Commonwealth University.
I received my Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. My Master’s Thesis was “A Profile of Nursing Leaders in Indiana Hospitals and Extended Care Facilities 1976”. This work was the impetus for the expansion of Master’s Programs in Nursing in the State of Indiana.
I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. My area of concentration was Executive Leadership. My synthesis project focused on the impact of inter-professional education on collaboration and teamwork between nursing students and medical students. My synthesis project is attached for your perusal.
My focus areas are transformational leadership, organizational behavior, financial management in healthcare, human resource management in healthcare, managed care, statistics and research.
In addition to teaching the graduate nursing administration courses, I teach the final professional seminar to the undergraduate nursing students. In this course I prepare the students for their transition to the professional role, focusing on such concepts as professional interviewing, taking care of the caregiver, quality improvement, the national patient safety goals, the role of the professional nurse in influencing healthcare legislation, and the report from the Institute of Medicine on The Future of Nursing.
I currently sit on the Board of the Northeast Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross and am actively involved with nursing leadership at the Parkview Regional Medical Center in developing a Nurse Residency Program. My presentation regarding Nurse Residency programs is attached.
I enjoy working with both undergraduate and graduate nursing students who are considering leadership positions in healthcare. I will be actively involved in developing the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum here at IPFW.
Please feel free to contact me if you are considering a leadership role presently or in the future.


Present Nurse Executive-Advanced, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Present Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Present DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Legacy Leaders of the I.U. School of Nursing
  • Honorable mention. Blackboard --NUR 33900 Research in Healthcare