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Dr. Cynthia Plonien DNP, RN, CENP is an associate professor at the University of Texas College of Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Nursing Administration supporting over 400 students enrolled in accellerated on-line courses. 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 has recently served as 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 developing certificate courses in Nursing Adminsitration - post BSN and Post Masters. Recent publications include topics on learning, budget management, cost control, administratiive protocol, the use of Six Sigma for revenue retrieval, case management, communication, continuous quality improvement. and medical tourism.

Professional Preparation

    • 2012 Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nursing AdministrationTexas Christan University
    • 1984 Masters in Nursing Education in Administration (Education),  University of Texas at Arlington


    • June 2013 to Present Director, MSN Program for Nursing Administration
      University of Texas Arlington
    • June 2013 to Present Clinical Associate Profesor
      University of Texas Arlington
    • Jan 2011 to Jan 2012 Vice President of Clinical Operations
      Gordian Health Management Group
    • June 2004 to Dec 2008 Chief Nursing Officer
      Texas Health Harris Methodist Cleburne Hospital
    • Aug 2004 to Aug 2004 BSN Clinical Instructor
      University of Texas Arlington
    • Jan 2000 to Aug 2004 Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer
      HCA Medical Center of Arlington Hospital


  • Membership
    • Sept 1984 to Present Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member
    • Aug 2014 to Present City of Burleson, Texas - Parks Board
  • Past-President
    • Aug 2014 to Present North Central Organization of Nurse Executives, NCONE/TONE

Other Activities

    • Certifications
      • Sept 2013 Certified Exectuive in Nursing Practice
      • Consulting Activities
        • Sept 2013 Certification - Myers Briggs Type Indicator


      Journal Article 2014
      • Plonien, Cynthia and Williams, Marcie. Vendor Presence in the OR. AORN, July, 2014.

        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2013
      • Plonien, Cynthia. Using Six Sigma for Revenue Retrieval. Nursing Economics, April, 2014.

        {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]


    • 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.


Other Teaching Activities

  • 2015
    • Dissertation Committee Member
      • Jan 2015 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

    • Certification Course Development
      • Sept 2015 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.

    • Course Development - Continuous Quality Improvement
      • Dec 2015 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.

  • 2013
    • Administrative Student Advisor
      • Dec 2013 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

  • 2014
    • Administrative Student Advisor
      • Jan 2014 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.

    • Doctoral Independent Study
      • June 2014 Basic Principles to Consider When Opening a Nurse Practitioner Owned Practice in Texas

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

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Aug 2014 to  Present Board Member

      City of Burleson, Parks Board - Chair

Service to the Profession

  • Elected
    • Aug 2014 to  Present North Central Organization of Nurse Executives


    • Aug 2014 to  Present Texas Organization of Nurse Executives

      Board Member 

  • Appointed
    • June 2015 to  Jan 2016 Advisory Committee on Education to the Texas Board of Nursing

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

    • Mar 2016 to  Present Health Information Technology Committee - TIGER Initiative AACN

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

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Sept 2015 to  Present 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.   

Other Service Activities

  • Board member
    • Sep 2014 City of Burleson - Recreation and Life Long Education

      Parks Board - City of Burleson, Texas