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Texas Health Dallas Educator Accepted for Fellowship in American Academy of Nursing

DALLAS — Jeannette Crenshaw, D.N.P., R.N., LCCE, IBCLC, NEA-BC, an educator and researcher at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, has been accepted for Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. Crenshaw is one of only 12 nurse leaders in Texas, and one of 176 nationally accepted into this prestigious organization.

Jeannette Crenshaw, D.N.P., R.N., LCCE, IBCLC, NEA-BC
Jeannette Crenshaw, D.N.P., R.N., LCCE, IBCLC, NEA-BC

Crenshaw will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) during the Academy’s annual meeting on Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C. She will join 1,800 Fellows who have been recognized for their leadership and accomplishments in nursing.

“Dr. Crenshaw has long been a leader in the area of women's and infants’ health. The body of work she has created is shaping policy and practice at the local and national level,” said Cole Edmonson, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Dallas. “I am so proud of her induction into the American Academy of Nursing; it truly represents the pinnacle of nursing achievement and recognition for a life devoted to bettering care and outcomes for patients.”

Crenshaw’s professional work focuses on implementing evidence-based clinical and administrative practices and attaining state, national and international breastfeeding goals. She has presented programs on a variety of topics, including evidence-based maternity, leadership, and preoperative surgical practices.

“I feel honored to become a Fellow in the Academy”, said Crenshaw. “I am grateful to the nurse leaders who have mentored me, and I am especially grateful to my Academy sponsors, Dr. Karin Cadwell (Ph.D., R.N., IBLCE, ANLC, FAAN, executive director, Healthy Children Project), and Dr. Elizabeth Winslow (Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, former nursing research at Texas Health Dallas).”

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. In January 2011, she was an invited guest at a briefing on the U.S. Surgeon General’s Breastfeeding Call to Action.

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 percent in mothers who had cesarean surgery. Her study was published in the April 2012 issue of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Crenshaw also has published three nursing research studies, along with numerous papers on preoperative fasting, showing that “NPO after midnight” continues to be routine despite strong evidence on the safety and efficacy of liberalizing eating restrictions before surgery. Crenshaw’s work has received widespread media attention and support from nursing and anesthesia leaders worldwide.

“Dr. Crenshaw has accomplished one milestone right after the next,” said Joan Shinkus Clark, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Texas Health Resources, the parent organization of Texas Health Dallas. “She has been an integral part of our organization; her research has impacted nursing practice across the system.”

Crenshaw is also a clinical assistant professor in the Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration Program at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Nursing.

“We are very proud of the work that Dr. Crenshaw has done,” said Elizabeth C. Poster, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, dean of the UTA College of Nursing. “Her contributions here have been highly valued and we are so pleased to be affiliated with her.”

Crenshaw is Lamaze International’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) and the United States Department of Agriculture Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, chair of the USBC nominating committee, and member of the Lamaze Institute for Healthy Birth. She is the secretary of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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