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Dr. Stacey Cropley, Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Stacey Cropley Faculty
Stacey Cropley, DNP, RN, LNCC

Throughout her career Dr. Cropley has consistently applied expertise in nursing practice through the coordination of committee activities, acting as a liaison to external organizations and groups, assisting in research activities, and serving as a resource for nursing practice support. Beginning her nursing career in Pediatrics, Dr. Cropley has served in progressive leadership positions, culminating in the role of Chief Nursing Officer in rural Texas, providing leadership in nursing through development and implementation of innovative models of care delivery. Within this role Dr. Cropley improved the quality of care, earning the Joint Commission’s Key Quality Performer Award in recognition for top performing quality performance on SCIP and Pneumonia Core Measures, as well as the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award by the Texas Medical Foundation in 2012. In recognition of her efforts in the Panhandle of Texas, Dr. Cropley achieved the Texas Nurse’s Association Panhandle Region Nurse of the Year Award in 2012. Dr. Cropley has consistently demonstrated dedication to the advancement of nursing in her many volunteer activities and roles, including as the Panhandle Rural Champion for the Texas Team, driving the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Initiatives from 2011-2012 and as the Co-Lead for the Texas Team Rural Task Force. She has also dedicated professional leadership to the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, serving in several leadership roles including Item Writing Committee Member for the Certification Exam from 2007-2013, as well as serving on the Role Delineation Survey Committee for the 2012 survey. Dr. Cropley has been honored to be published in the Journal of Nursing Administration in June, 2012 as well as in Creative Nursing in November, 2013. She was given the honor by Koloroutis and Trout to preview their book See Me As a Person, published in 2012, providing insights and feedback prior to publication. She enjoys teaching and mentoring others, presenting professional programs, and promoting nursing leadership. Dr. Cropley is active in a number of professional associations, including Sigma Theta Tau International. She has served on a number of task forces, boards and committees, collaborating with the interdisciplinary team for healthcare improvements. Dr. Cropley earned her master’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 2009 and her doctoral degree in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2011.

  • Care coordination
  • Nursing incivility and bullying
  • Nursing role and leadership in a climate of healthcare change
  • Relationship based care


Dunlap, C., Green, A., Cropley, S., & Estes, L. (2017). Making sense of ACOs: A guide for nurse leaders. Nurse Leader, 15(4), 193-198.

Lamb, G., Newhouse, R., Beverly, C., Toney, D. A., Cropley, S., Weaver, C. A., ... Peterson, C. (2015). Policy agenda for nurse-led care coordination. Nursing Outlook, 63(4), 521-530. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2015.06.003

Cropley, S., & Sanders, E. (2013). Care coordination and the essential role of the nurse. Creative Nursing, 19(4), 189-194(6).

Cropley, S. (2012). The relationship-based care model: Evaluation of the impact on patient satisfaction, length of stay, and readmission rates. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(6), 333-338.