Ruth F. Craven, EdD, RN, FAAN

Ruth F. Craven, EdD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita
Professor Emerita
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7262


Dr. Craven's scholarship is in gerontological nursing and in nursing education. In gerontological nursing, Dr. Craven focuses on safety and fall prevention for older adults. In nursing education, she is particularly interested in the dissemination of knowledge through continuing nursing education and eLearning.


Dr. Craven teaches the biological aspects of aging to undergraduate and graduate students and is one of the professors in the Certificate of Aging. She teaches and mentors graduate students in care of older adults and in home care nursing. She is the PI of the Advanced Practice Home Care Nurse Practitioner training grant, the Informatics training grant and several Hartford Foundation grants. Her textbook, Fundamentals of Nursing: Human Health and Function (with Constance Hirnle, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkens) is in its fourth edition.


Dr. Craven is a Commissioner and site visitor on the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation and a member of the Executive Committee of the Commission. She also serves as a site visitor for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, to schools of nursing seeking accreditation. She also has served on the board of trustees of several major continuing care retirement communities in the region and state.

Research Interests: 
Gerontological nursing