Donna Crawford received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ball State University in 1981.
She worked as a staff nursing in coronary care and intensive care at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie from 1981 to 1987. She also worked in coronary care at Union Hospital in Terre Haute Indiana and was employed as the Critical Care Educator at Regional Hospital from 1989-1990. In 1991 she completed her Master of Science degree as a Critical Care Clinical Specialist at Indiana University School of Nursing.
In 2013 she completed the course work for her PhD in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University. She is currently writing a dissertation that involves educating students about dosage calculation with the use of simulation.
Donna Crawford has been employed at Indiana State University as a nursing educator for 25 years. She has provided clinical instruction in adult medical surgical classes especially in intensive care units. She currently teaches a pathophysiology /pharmacology course to nursing students in the first semester of the nursing program, both traditional track and accelerated track.
She has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International since 1980 and served as Vice President of the Lambda Sigma Chapter from 1993-1996. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She received her certification as a nurse educator in 2011.