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

Telephone +61 2 9114 4068
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Biographical details

Tonia Crawford has worked as a registered nurse since 1988 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 conducting HIV/AIDs education, and Kosovo assisting wtih returning refugee accommodation. She developed an interest in adult education while teaching health education classes 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). She conducted research to identify the language needs of the ESL students and this work has resulted in publications and presentations. Tonia is currently completing a PhD project exploring communication between registered nurses from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and their patients.

Research interests

Language needs of students with English as a second/other language (ESL).

Strategies for teaching students with an ESL background.

Supporting communication skills for nurses from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD).

Discourse analysis (interactional sociolinguistic analysis) of communication in health care settings.

Teaching and supervision

Pre-registration Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program: Community and Primary Healthcare.

Current projects

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

Small Education Innovation Grant: $10,000: to embed technological support for student learning (J. River, J. Currie, T. Crawford, V. Betihavas, S. Randall).

Associations

Member Australian College of Nursing

Member Australian Nurse Teachers Society

Community work

Mentor for post graduate students, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Mentor for PhD candidates, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University

Journal reviewer

Nurse Education Today

English for Specific Purposes Journal

Collegian

Awards and honours

Outstanding achievement award, 2008, University of Sydney.

Australian Postgraduate Award (2014 to 2017).

Post Graduate Research Fund awarded ($5000) with commendation from the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and an additional $500.

Keywords

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

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Smedley, A., Crawford, T., Cloete, L. (2015). An intervention aimed at reducing plagiarism in undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education in Practice, 15, 168-173. [More Information]
  • Crawford, T., Candlin, S. (2015). New perspectives on understanding cultural diversity in nurse—patient communication. Collegian. [More Information]
  • 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, 13(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

  • Randall, S., Hayes, L., Crawford, T., Raisin, I. (2014). Linking census data and public health needs to inform community nurse practice. Sydney Teaching Colloquium: Is Our Teaching Up to Standard?, Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney.
  • 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.

2015

  • Smedley, A., Crawford, T., Cloete, L. (2015). An intervention aimed at reducing plagiarism in undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education in Practice, 15, 168-173. [More Information]
  • Crawford, T., Candlin, S. (2015). New perspectives on understanding cultural diversity in nurse—patient communication. Collegian. [More Information]

2014

  • Randall, S., Hayes, L., Crawford, T., Raisin, I. (2014). Linking census data and public health needs to inform community nurse practice. Sydney Teaching Colloquium: Is Our Teaching Up to Standard?, Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney.

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, 13(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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