Patricia Crisham

Dr. Patricia Crisham, PhD
Professor Emerita

Dr. Patricia Crisham was on the faculty in the School of Nursing for twenty-five years. Before joining the faculty, she was a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing for fifteen years. She received her B.S.N. from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, her M.S. in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She was responsible for the area of nursing ethical issues in the Masters and Ph.D. Programs. She served as an adviser and member of final orals committees for hundreds of Masters and Ph.D. students. She worked with colleagues in the Academic Health Center to obtain funding to establish the University Bioethics Center and from 1985-2000 represented nursing as a Faculty Associate of the Center. Her ethical decision-making model is used by clinicians, in health care professional curricula, ethics committees, and interdisciplinary task forces developing positions on health care ethical issues. She has published in prestigious journals and presented papers at hundreds of national conferences on ethical dilemmas in health care. Recognized as a scholar in the psychology of moral development and nurses’ response to ethical dilemmas in clinical practice, her Nursing Dilemma Test is widely used nationally and internationally. She received numerous teaching and service awards for her work.