Ms Tonia Crawford

RN, DipAppSc(Nurs) Avondale BHlthSc(Nurs) CSU MHlthSc(Ed) Sydney TESOL Cert UNSW Postgrad Cert Ling Res Macquarie
Lecturer

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Tonia Crawford has worked as a registered nurse since 1988 in several Australian and Irish hospitals in surgical, medical and emergency departments, including 10 years in community health as a clinical nurse specialist with particular interest in wound management. During that time she volunteered in Papua New Guinea (12 months) conducting HIV/AIDs education and Kosovo (4 months) for returning refugee accommodation. She developed an interest in adult education while teaching health education classes (respiratory rehabilitation, arthritis management) and this ultimately led to teaching undergraduate nurses. She has taught in Bachelor of Nursing programs since 2007 and joined Sydney Nursing School in 2013.

Tonia also has an interest in teaching English as a second/other language (ESL), completing a TESOL certificate and subsequently designing and implemented English language support workshops. She conducted research to identify the language needs of the ESL students which informed further development of the workshops and has resulted in publications, presentations and is currently a PhD candidate exploringmisinterpretation between RNs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their patients.

Research interests

  • Language needs of students with English as a second/other language
  • Strategies for teaching students with an ESL background
  • Safe practice and clinical communication with English as a second/other language

Teaching and supervision

Pre-registration graduate entry and combined degree master's program

Current projects

PhD candidate, Macquarie University. Misinterpretations: an exploration of intercultural nurse-patient communication in clinical settings.

Associations

  • Member Australian College of Nursing
  • Member Australian Nurse Teachers Society

Community work

Student Mentor for postgraduate students, University of Sydney

Journal reviewer

  • Nurse Education Today
  • Elsevier Publications
  • McMasters Best Evidence for Nursing - community/public health

Awards and honours

Outstanding achievement award, 2008, University of Sydney.

Keywords

ESL; CALD; Language needs; Safe practice; Clinical communication

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Crawford, T., Candlin, S. (2013). A literature review of the language needs of nursing students who have English as a second/other language and the effectiveness of English language support programmes. Nurse Education in Practice, 130(3), 181-185. [More Information]
  • Crawford, T., Candlin, S. (2013). Investigating the language needs of culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students to assist their completion of the bachelor of nursing programme to become safe and effective practitioners. Nurse Education Today, 33(8), 796-801. [More Information]
  • Crawford, T. (2011). Using problem-based learning in web-based components of nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, 11(2), 124-130. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Crawford, T. (2011). An investigation of the language needs of ESL nursing students to identify strategies that will assist them to complete the Bachelor of Nursing program and become effective and safe practitioners. 7th International Symposium on Teaching English at Tertiary Level, Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

2013

  • Crawford, T., Candlin, S. (2013). A literature review of the language needs of nursing students who have English as a second/other language and the effectiveness of English language support programmes. Nurse Education in Practice, 130(3), 181-185. [More Information]
  • Crawford, T., Candlin, S. (2013). Investigating the language needs of culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students to assist their completion of the bachelor of nursing programme to become safe and effective practitioners. Nurse Education Today, 33(8), 796-801. [More Information]

2011

  • Crawford, T. (2011). An investigation of the language needs of ESL nursing students to identify strategies that will assist them to complete the Bachelor of Nursing program and become effective and safe practitioners. 7th International Symposium on Teaching English at Tertiary Level, Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Crawford, T. (2011). Using problem-based learning in web-based components of nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, 11(2), 124-130. [More Information]

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