Isper Crissey, MSRN

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Pace University PhD

I was born and raised in the Philippines and received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from University of St. La Salle, Philippines. I came to the United States as a psychiatric nurse at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA. I realized the value of further education and worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital while completing my master’s degree at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. From Maryland, I was enticed to join New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a patient care director. Again, the opportunity for further education brought me to Pace University where I joined the first cohort of PhD students. I now serve as an adjunct instructor at Pace University. I feel grateful to finally pursue my passion, teaching nursing. I came from a family of educators. Both my parents were teachers. I grew up listening to them talk about the challenges and benefits of being a teacher and how teachers make a lasting impact in their students’ lives. I take great pride in being an immigrant and a foreign-graduate nurse and embrace the goal of advancing equitable access to higher education for women and racial minorities in fields where they are underrepresented. My research focuses on health literacy among psychiatric patients. The findings from this study will shed light on issues of communication among patients who struggle with language, mental and emotional issues. I plan to graduate with my PhD from Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing in 2021. I am honored to be a Jonas Scholar.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Psych-Mental Health
Dissertation: The effects of low health literacy in patients with psych-mental health illness and using technology to improve communication. The purpose is to understand the barriers of low health literacy and the experiences of patients who are already vulnerable and face challenges of communication. The findings of the study aim to improve patient assessment specifically related to patient and care provider communication, patient’s ability to explain symptoms and understand treatment. Evaluate the effects of technology that provides translation for communication will improve health literacy and the quality of patient outcomes and the economics of health care delivery. Most importantly, improving patients’ health literacy may minimize unintentional errors and maintain patient safety.

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