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Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN, CHSE

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
(919) 681-0696
3118 Pearson Building

Dr. Crego is a certified pediatric critical care nurse whose clinical experiences include psychiatric nursing, adult trauma, adult critical care, pediatric intensive care, pediatric critical care transport, and pediatric cardiac intensive care. Dr. Crego earned her BSN and her MSN in Nursing Administration at Barry University (Miami, FL), and she earned her PhD in Nursing at the University of Virginia. She came to the Duke University School of Nursing from the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University, where she coordinated undergraduate courses and lectured on topics such as leadership, quality and transition to professional practice as well as care of infants and children. She was recognized for her innovative teaching methods and selected as a Teaching, Learning and Technologies Fellow of the Georgetown University Center for New Designs In Learning and Scholarship.

Dr. Crego’s dissertation research utilized the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium database to discover sedation practices and examine the influence of different types of sedation providers on adverse events during pediatric sedation; examined the current state of nursing sedation regulation in the US; and made recommendations for evidence-based practice guidelines. Her dissertation, Factors Influencing Pediatric Sedation Safety, received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for 2013.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - University of Virginia
  • MSN - Barry University
  • BSN - Barry University

Research Interests

Areas of research interest:
• Patient Safety
• Quality Improvement
• Pediatrics
• Sedation
• Health Services Research
• Health Disparities
• Nursing Education
• Simulation
• Team Dynamics (communication and collaboration)

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 || SciComm Fellow, Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • 2014 || Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for 2013, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • 2014 || Excellence in Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Tau Chapter
  • 2012 || Teaching, Learning and Technologies Fellow, Georgetown University Center for New Designs In Learning and Scholarship
  • 2007 || Tomorrow’s Professor Today Program, University of Virginia
  • 2004 || Chapter Communication Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • 2004 || President’s Chapter Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • 1988 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Nursing Education
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Quality of Care / Patient Safety

Areas of Interest

Pediatric sedation
Health services research
Health disparities
Simulation in nursing education

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- Crego, N. Procedural sedation practice: A review of current nursing standards Journal of Nursing Regulation. April, 2015 6(1); 50-56
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 25530734 Crego, N. Pediatric Sedation: Using Secondary Data to Describe Registered Nurse Practice in Radiology. J Radiol Nurs. December, 2014 33(4); 166-180
  • 2002 -- PubMed # : 12233969 Cohen, S. S. and Crego, N. and Cuming, R. G. and Smyth, M. The synergy model and the role of clinical nurse specialists in a multihospital system. Am J Crit Care. 11(5); 436-46

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Factors Influencing Safety in Sedated Children

    NINR Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award
    1 F31 NR0104262-01A1
    01/2008 to 03/2009
    Role: PI

    Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award for dissertation research on factors influencing safety in pediatric sedation.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 DUSON cohort of Teaching for Equity Fellows Health Professions Educators: Nancy Crego, Valerie Sabol, Brigit Carter, Jennie De Gagne, Midge Bowers, Michelle Hartman, Jill Brennan-Cook, Sharron Rushton, Jen Graf-Perkins and Lisa Lewis!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Michael Cary, Victoria Goode, Nancy Crego, Deirdre Thornlow, Beth Merwin and ABSN alumni Kayla Baba and Scarlet Fellingham recently published an article entitled "Hospital Readmissions among Total Hip Replacement Patients in 2009 and 2014" in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Co-authors include experts from Durham Veterans Affairs Medical enter and Duke University School of Medicine. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Two Accelerated Bachelor of Science of Nursing (ABSN) students enter a simulation lab to begin an assessment and treatment of a pediatric patient when the child’s status suddenly changes. As they would in a real-life situation, they summon the on-call provider. Minutes later, the provider, an advanced practice nursing student who knows nothing about the case arrives – but not in the traditional sense.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kudos to Nancy Crego for her Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) submission entitled “Exploring Differences Between African-American & Hispanic Parents' Experiences with Parent/Provider Health Communication in Managing Sickle Cell." This proposal has requested funding for a four-year period with a start date of January 1, 2018.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nancy Crego and Elizabeth "Beth" Merwin publish an article entitled "Differences in Pediatric Non-Interventional Radiology Procedural Sedation Practices and Adverse Events by Registered Nurses and Physicians" in the October issue of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. The article was co-authored by Dr. Marianne Baernholdt with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Victoria Goode, Nancy Crego, Michael Cary, Deirdre Thornlow and Elizabeth "Beth" Merwin published an article entitled "Improving Quality and Safety Through Use of Secondary Data: Methods Case Study" in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Michael Cary, Nancy Crego and Schenita Randolph were recently selected to participate in the Duke Health Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC) sponsored by Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute, which is in support by the Duke CTSA grant.

HDRC is designed to increase knowledge and skill of participants in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research. The curriculum consists of monthly sessions which combine didactics and student activities addressing: 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tracey Yap, Ashley Schoenfisch and Nancy Crego were selected to participate in the SciComm Fellows Science Communication Program. The program, hosted by the Duke Initiative for Science and Society, provides an opportunity for faculty and postdocs to develop communication skills and put those skills into action.