CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Sept. 8, 2000
UI College of Nursing names Robnett as faculty practice plan director
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Nursing's new faculty
practice plan has a director. Michelle K. Robnett, who holds master's and
doctoral degrees from the UI and has extensive experience in health care administration,
assumed her new post Sept. 1.
Robnett will organize and direct the administrative aspects of the practice
plan and oversee its day-to-day operations. She also is responsible for marketing
practice initiatives implemented under the plan.
Adopted by the college earlier this year, the faculty practice plan provides
an administrative framework for individual faculty members to engage in direct
patient care or consultation, education and management services. Income from
the plan goes to the college to enhance its finances, with a share returning
to the faculty members who generate the funds in the form of support for professional
expenses such as books, travel, memberships and other developmental activities.
The plan also is intended to give nursing students more opportunities to practice
in community settings.
One initiative has already been launched under the plan. Home Safe is a
nurse-managed service to improve health and quality of life for older adults.
For an annual fee, Home Safe provides care and regular monitoring to help
older people in their homes and ensures they receive nursing, health care
and other services they need to maintain their health and live independently.
Janet Specht, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nursing, chairs the committee
that developed Home Safe.
Robnett returns to Iowa from Maryland, where she was an advanced practice
nurse and fundraiser for the University of Maryland Medical Systems, and before
that vice president for patient care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
She also is president and CEO of her own start-up business, Locum Tenens Medical
Associates, P.C. Robnett earned a master's degree in nursing, an executive
master of business administration degree, and a doctorate in hospital and
health administration at the UI.
"I'm happy to be back in Iowa and to have this opportunity to build
a practice plan to further the missions of the College of Nursing," Robnett
said. "Iowa has some of the most progressive nursing administrators,
faculty, staff and students in the United States. It's a pleasure to be able
to facilitate the work of such entrepreneurial colleagues and projects."
Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., professor and dean of nursing at the UI, said Robnett's
experience is a perfect fit with her new position. "With her background,
Michelle will be able to start right in and help our faculty put their ideas
into practice," Dreher said. "Having Michelle direct our practice
plan means the college can look forward to providing even more service to
the people of Iowa while strengthening our teaching and research programs.
We're thrilled to welcome her back to the college."