Diane Crayton

Assistant Professor, Appointed: February, 2009


2001 Masters of Science, Nursing: Emphasis in Family Practice Nursing. California State University, Sonoma
1992 Bachelor of Science, Nursing: California State University, Stanislaus
1979 Associate in Applied Sciences, Nursing: Malcolm X College, Chicago

Clinical Specialization

Family Nurse Practitioner
A.N.A Certification Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse
BRN Credential Mental Health and Medical Surgical Nursing Instructor

Professional Experience

2009- Present 

Assistant Professor of Nursing California State University, Stanislaus


Clinical Instructor for N3910 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (Spring2009-Present)


Family Nurse Practitioner: Drs. Carlson, Hanson and Kwon-Hong
Provides comprehensive medical care to a culturally diverse population of adults and children – Part time/per diem  


Family Nurse Practitioner: Telecare Corporation
Provided comprehensive psychiatric care to this culturally diverse and socio-economically disadvantaged population


Clinical Instructor California State University, Stanislaus
Pre-licensure Program Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Spring Semester only


Clinical Instructor Yosemite Community College District and Modesto Junior College: Associate Degree Nursing Program Clinical Instructor - Part-time


Family Nurse Practitioner: Drs. Olsen, Duong and Maydayag
Provided comprehensive medical care to a culturally diverse adult population in this internal medicine practice


Visiting Nurse: Visiting Nurse of the Central Valley
Behavioral Health/Clinical Patient Supervisor, responsible for Behavioral Health Program development and recruitment, agency consultant for behavioral health issues, participated in monthly Manager On-call rotation and supervised fifteen licensed staff


Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse: Modesto Psychiatric Center
Staff nurse (1988-1990) Adolescent/Child Nurse Manager (1990-1993) responsible for program development and recruitment. Supervised 20 licensed and 10 non-licensed staff for this in-patient facility 



NURS 2000 Health Assessment (Spring 2009-Present)
3 units (2 hours lecture, 3 hour laboratory)
For Pre-licensure students
First or Second Semester

NURS 3900 Mental Health Nursing Theory (Spring 2009-Present)
3 units (3 hour lecture per week)
Junior year

NURS 3910 Mental Health Nursing Clinical
2 units (total of 78 clinical hours) (Spring 2009-Present)
Junior Year


Published Research

  • Martin, C. T., Keswick, J. L., Crayton, D., & LeVeck, P. (2011). Perceptions of self-esteem in a welfare-to-wellness-to-work program. Public Health Nursing, 29(1), 19-26). doi: 10:1111/J.1525-1446.00968.x

Research in progress

  • Behavioral health hospitalizations in Stanislaus County: Are demographics and clinical characteristics predictors of readmission rates?
  • Teaching Nursing Students to Assess the Physical Nursing Needs of Psychiatric Inpatients
  • Calling In At Work: Nursing Cell Phone Policies in Acute Care

Poster Presentations

  • 2012 Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV April 20, 2012
    Calling In At Work: Nursing Cell Phone Policies in Acute Care
  • 2012 Accepted for a Poster presentation at WIN (Western Institute of Nursing) Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference Friday, April 20, 2012
  • 2011 Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV
    Perceptions of Self-Esteem in a Welfare-To-Wellness-To-Work Program
  • 2011 California State University, Stanislaus Research Week, Turlock, CA.
    Perceptions of Self-Esteem in a Welfare-To-Wellness-To-Work Program

Text Book Review

  • Jensen, S., (2011). Nursing Health Assessment: A Best Practice Approach, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (July 18, 2012)

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • Faculty Advisor - Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2009-Present)
  • Member - Stanislaus Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Network (2001-Present)

Service to the University: Committees and Activities

  • Member-Academic Senate (Fall 2012-present)
  • Proxy Member - Academic Senate (2011-Fall 2012)
  • Faculty Representative -Affirmative Action & Diversity Committee (11/28/2011-present)

School of Nursing

  • Clinical Coordinator St. Joseph’s Medical Center (August 9, 2012)
  • Member - School of Nursing Faculty & Curriculum Committee (Spring 2009-pesent)
  • Chair - Clinical Coordinator Committee (Fall 2011- present)
  • Member - Scholarship Committee (Fall 2011- present)
  • Member - Association of California Nurse Leaders (April 15, 2011)

Service to the University: Committees and Activities

  • Mental Health Advisory Board meeting, Stanislaus County (August 23, 2012)
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Advisory Board on Substance Abuse Programs meeting, Stanislaus County (July 19, 2012)
  • School of Nursing Representative - Preview Day for potential incoming students (10/14/2010 and 10/15/2011)
  • Participant - Modesto Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease: (October 22, 2011)

Continuing Education Fall 2010-Present

12/15/2012      Protecting Human Research Participants Training

11/16/2012      SPSS Basic Workshop

8/17-12/19       Application of Theories in Advanced Nursing Practice

8/17-12/19       The role of Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare

1/17/2012        Discussion of New Treatment            for Epilepsy

12/3/2011        Practicing Clinicians Exchange 2011 Symposium Series 3

11/15/2011      The Heart and Soul of Nursing: A Global Experience

9/24/2011        Pediatric Clinical Symposium- Modesto

9/15/2011        Addressing Diabetes & Obesity in the Perinatal Populations in Stanislaus County

5/16-18/2011   Contemporary Forums: Psychiatric Nursing Update

4/16/2011        Pediatric Clinical Symposium- Modesto

4/15/2011        What is POLST? A Community Hospice Educational Experience

11/16/2010      Legal Nurse Consulting