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Dr. Cynthia Plonien DNP, RN, CENP is a professor at the University of Texas College of Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Nursing Administration supporting over 500 students enrolled in courses on-line as well as on-campus. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Aministration from Texas Christain University and her MSN and BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Plonien is also a Column Editor for the Executive Leadership Column in the AORN Journal. In service to the profession of nursing, she is the President of the North Central Organization of Nurse Executives, on the Board for Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, the Board for the DFW Great 100 Nurses, and the Advisory Committee on Education for the Texas Board of Nursing. She also works within her community as a member of the Parks Board for the City of Burleson, Texas. Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Plonien worked with various hospitals in organizations in the Tarrant and Johnson County area as Chief Nurse and VP of Clinical Practice. Her current professional projects include working with an international group to develop certificate courses in leadership and management for China. Recent publications include topics on budget management, cost control, administratiive protocol, the use of Six Sigma for revenue retrieval, case management, communication, continuous quality improvement. and medical tourism.

Texas Christan University
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nursing Administration
University of Texas at Arlington
Masters in Nursing Education
Administration
Education
June 2013
Ongoing
Director, MSN Program for Nursing Administration
University of Texas Arlington
June 2013
Ongoing
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas Arlington
January 2011
January 2012
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Gordian Health Management Group
June 2004
December 2008
Chief Nursing Officer
Texas Health Harris Methodist Cleburne Hospital
August 2004
August 2004
BSN Clinical Instructor
University of Texas Arlington
January 2000
August 2004
Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer
HCA Medical Center of Arlington Hospital
August 2014
Ongoing
President
North Central Organization of Nurse Executives, NCONE/TONE
August 2014
Ongoing
Chair
City of Burleson, Texas - Parks Board
June 2013
Ongoing
Member of the Advisory Board
Hygei Tel
September 1984
Ongoing
Membership
Sigma Theta Tau
September 2013
Certified Exectuive in Nursing Practice

National certification for executives in nursing practice sponsored by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

September 2013
Certification - Myers Briggs Type Indicator

MBTI Certification is sponsored by the Consulting Psychologist Press, inclusive of training and consultation - based on Jung's theory of Psychologica Types..

2014
Plonien, Cynthia and Williams, Marcie. Vendor Presence in the OR. AORN, July, 2014.
Journal Article
Published
2013
Plonien, Cynthia. Using Six Sigma for Revenue Retrieval. Nursing Economics, April, 2014.
Journal Article
Published
March 2013
ACO Case Management

Overview of concepts and approaches related to national best practices in patient care management employed by Accountable Care Organizations, inclusive of incorporation of Case Management.

Invited
Spring 2016
NURS 6324 - CLINICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Focuses on the selection and use of information systems/technology to provide health care and to evaluate patient care programs, outcomes, and systems.
Last Updated on March 3, 2016, 10:54 pm
Spring 2016
NURS 5311 - NURSING MANAGEMENT IN THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT
Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to health care organizations and their environment. 
Last Updated on March 3, 2016, 10:58 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
NURS 5311 - Nursing Management in the Healthcare Environment
Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to health care organizations and their environment
Last Updated on November 24, 2015, 12:27 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
NURS 5311 - Nursing Managemenet in the Health Care Environment
Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to health care organizations and their environment. On-line Course.
Last Updated on November 24, 2015, 12:34 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
NURS 5340 - MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND PRACTICE
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted health care systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision-making.
Last Updated on December 11, 2015, 11:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
NURS 5340 - MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND PRACTICE
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted health care systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision-making.
Last Updated on December 11, 2015, 11:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
NURS 5339 - Roles and Functions of the Nurse Administrator
Examine the roles and functions of nurse administrators and executives in health care settings.
Last Updated on August 19, 2014, 12:06 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2014
NURS 5343 - NURSING LEADERSHIP AND COMPLEX HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted health care systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision-making.
Last Updated on December 11, 2015, 11:47 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
NURS 5340 - MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AND PRACTICE
Synthesize management, organizational, and leadership concepts and theories in selected health care settings.
Last Updated on December 11, 2015, 11:42 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
NURS 5339 - ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NURSE ADMINISTRATOR
Observe and analyze roles and functions of administrative executives and managers in health care.
Last Updated on December 12, 2015, 12:16 am
No Documents Attached
Summer 2013
NURS 5343 - Leaderhip in Complex Health Care Systems
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted health care systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision-making.
Last Updated on December 12, 2015, 12:12 am
No Documents Attached
December2015
Quality Boot Camp - SW Medical University / UTA

Quality Boot Camp is a collaborative effort between Southwestern Medical University and UTA involving the development and presentation of an intensive program in Quality Processes as well as an extension of the program involving  completed projects with submissions to an International Quailty Conference. Student participants will include Medical Students at Southwestern University, UTA Engineering Students and DNP students from the College of Nursing. My role is development and implementation of the program as well as sponsorship of PI Projects initiated by teams of Medical Students, Engineering Students and  DNP students.

Course Development - Continuous Quality Improvement
September2015
Advanced (Financial Management and Quality Improvement)

Developed and taught Certification Course for Advanced Financial Management and Quality Improvement comprised of three individual courses:

1. Basics of Financial Management

2. Continuous Quality Improvement and Evidenced Based Practice

3. Communication and Reporting

The Certification is Part 3 of 3 of a larger Specialization Course in Leadership and Management, sponsored by UTA with Academic Partners, taught on-line and marketed to China.

Certification Course Development
January2015
The Role of Leader Empowering Behaviors on Work Engagement and Intent to Stay Among Nurses in Acute Care Hospitals

Student: Ingrid Kindepan RN, MSN, CCRN

Dissertation Committee Member
June2014
Basic Principles to Consider When Opening a Nurse Practitioner Owned Practice in Texas

Student - Michael Watson APRN, FNP-BC. Published March of 2015 JAANP.

Doctoral Independent Study
January2014
Expanded Role - Director of Graduate Program of Nursing Administration

2014  - Expanded role of the Academic Director in support of Associate Dean fulfilling interim duties of the Dean.  Managed petitions, grievances, admissions.

Administrative Student Advisor
December2013
Expanded Role - Director of Graduate Program of Nursing Administration

2013  - Expanded role of the Director in support of Associate Dean fulfilling interim duties of the Dean - managing  petitions, grievances, admissions

Administrative Student Advisor
August 2014
Ongoing
Board Member

City of Burleson, Parks Board - Chair

Elected
March 2016
Ongoing
Health Information Technology Committee - TIGER Initiative AACN

TNA/TONE HIT Committee for State of Texas supporting the AACN TIGER Initiative

Appointed
August 2014
Ongoing
North Central Organization of Nurse Executives

President

Elected
August 2014
Ongoing
Texas Organization of Nurse Executives

Board Member 

Elected
June 2015
January 2016
Advisory Committee on Education to the Texas Board of Nursing

Advisory capacity to the Board of Nursing in Austin, Texas.

Appointed
September 2015 -
Ongoing
UTA/UTSW Collaborative - Quality Boot Camp

UTA CONHI, UTA Engineering and UTSW Medical School collaborating to develop and present a Quality Boot Camp for UTSW Medical Students, CONHI DNP Students and UTA Engineering Students.   

Appointed
September - 2014
City of Burleson - Recreation and Life Long Education

Parks Board - City of Burleson, Texas

Board member