Cynthia Plonien  is a Director of the Graduate Program of Nursing Administration,The University of Texas at Arlington,USA

Cynthia Plonien

Director of the Graduate Program of Nursing Administration

Organizing committee Member


The University of Texas at Arlington


Dr. CindyPlonien DNP, RN, CENP is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas College of Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Nursing Administration. Developing nurse leaders to successfully encounter the challenges of today’s health care environment as well as the environment of tomorrow is her passion and commitment. In addition to her work as a program director and professor at UTA, Dr. Plonien has proposed and developed certificate courses in nursing administration for national and international distribution.

She received her Doctorate in Nursing Administration from Texas Christian University and her MSN and BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining UTA, Dr. Plonien worked in various leadership and management roles, inclusive of CNO and VP of Nursing in various hospitals and organizations in Texas, USA.

She has worked with UT Southwestern University in Dallas, Texas in the development and presentations of Quality Boot Camps (CQI) for leaders in Nursing, Medical Practice and Engineering. Recent publications include topics on medical tourism, internet learning, cyber-security, health information technology, budget management, cost control, administrative protocol, communication, continuous quality improvement, case management and the use of Six Sigma for revenue retrieval. Presentations relating to professional practice have occurred in international, national, regional, state and community settings. Certifications include: CENP, MBTI Consultant (Leadership and Team Building), and Lean Six Sigma in Health Care. 

Dr. Plonien serves in leadership roles within the University of Texas at Arlington, the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, as well as within the community in which she lives.


 Plonien, C. (2017). Leading Learning in an Internet Age. AORN, April, 2017.

Plonien, C. (2015) Bullying in the workplace: A nurse leadership perspective. AORN, December, 2015.

Plonien, C. and Donovan (2015). L.  OR leadership: Product evaluation and cost containment,

AORN, October, 2015.

Plonien, C.  (2015). Using personality indicators to enhance nurse leader communication.

AORN, July, 2015.            

Plonien, C. and Williams, M. (2015).Stepping up teamwork via TeamSTEPPS. AORN, April, 2015.

Plonien, C. and Baldwin K. (2014). Medical tourism: What nurse executive’s need to know”,

 AORN, October, 2014.

Plonien, C. and Williams, M. (2014). Vendor presence in the OR. AORN, July, 2014.

Plonien, C. (2013). Six sigma and revenue retrieval. Nursing Economics, April, 2013.

Kline, D. (2013). Online or on campus: Which is better? The Shorthorn, October, 2013 – Contribution, quotations.

Plonien, C. (1994). Reorganizing: Serving on your knees. The American Nurse, July/August, 1994.

Plonien, C. (1984). Catheterizations.  RN Magazine, March 1984.

Lee, A. (1981). A celebration of life.  RN Magazine, August 1981 -- Contribution, quotation and photograph on cover. Winner of writing contest.

Publications: News Articles

Plonien, C. Texas Nurses Flex their Voice about HIT. TONE Monthly, April, 2016.

Publications: Books and book chapters

Garnett-Nell, S. and Johns, D. (1993). Inside Gynecologic Surgery: An

Illustrated Guide, 1993 (Surgical photographs by C. Plonien published). Dallas, Texas.  University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Plonien, C.  (1984). Assertiveness and job satisfaction of nurse managers (Thesis). University

of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, 1984.

Publications: Certification Courses

Plonien, C. (2015).  Advanced: Healthcare operations management. Specialization 3. Healthcare Management. Academic Partners. Dallas, Texas.


Texas Christian University, Doctorate of Nursing Practice - 2012 Fort Worth, Texas   

 University of Texas at Arlington,Bachelors of Science in Nursing - 1978 Arlington, Texas

University of Texas at Arlington,MSN, Nursing Administration& Education - 1984 Arlington, Texas



2012, ANCC/Cerner Corporation - Pathways to Excellence Award for Innovation - Community Case Management: A Transitional Care Model Using Advanced Practice Nurses to Reduce Hospital Readmissions and Preventable Emergency Department Visits.

1981. A celebration of life. RN Magazine, August 1981 -- Contribution, quotation and photograph on cover. Winner of National writing contest


Professional Service: Professional Organizations (Present)

North Central Organization of Nurse Executives (NCONE) – 2005 – Present, Board Member.

Past President, 2014 –Present

TONE – Communications Committee, 2016 - Present

TNA/TONE – HIT Committee, 2015 – Present

TONE Finance Committee – 2015 – 2016

American Nursing Informatics Association/DFW Chapter – 2016 - Present

National League of Nursing (NLN) – Member, 2014 – Present.

Sigma Theta Tau – Member, 2009– Present.

Texas Nurses Association – Member, 1978 – Present.

AORN – Member, Column Coordinator, 2014 - 2016

American Red Cross Nursing – RN Disaster Team, 2010 - Present

Advisory Council on Education to the Texas Board of Nursing, Committee Member, 2015 –2016.
Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) – State Board Member, 2014 - 2016

AONE – American Organization of Nurse Executives. Convention 2016 Coordinator of Texas Nurse Executive Volunteers –Speaker intros, way finding, room monitors, poster readers, etc.

Dallas- Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses – Board Member, Team Leader - Scholarship Committee, 2014 – 2016.


Presentations: Posters

Plonien, C. and Baldwin, K. (2016). Medical tourism: Opportunity or risk to healthcare organizations?  American Organization of Nurse Executives National Conference. Fort Worth, Texas. March, 2016.

Plonien, C & Baldwin, K. (2014).  Medical tourism: What Nurse Executive’s Need to know.   International Nursing Administration Research Conference (INARC), Dallas, TX. Nov. 2014.

Presentations: Invited

Baldwin, K., Black, D., Hammond, S. & Plonien, C.  (2013). Community Case Management by Clinical Nurse Specialists: A Project to Decrease Hospital and Emergency Department Readmissions. ANCC Pathways to Excellence Conference, Baltimore, MD. May, 2013.

Baldwin, K., Black, D., Hammond, S. & Plonien, C. (2013). Community Case Management. National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, Austin, TX. March, 2013.

Baldwin, K., Black, D., Hammond, S. & Plonien, C.  (2013). Community Case Management by Clinical Nurse Specialists: A Project to Decrease Hospital and Emergency Department Readmissions. Texas Hospital Association Conference, Austin, TX. Feb. 2013.

Plonien, C. and Baldwin, K. (2013).  ACO Case Management. Case Management Society of America Regional Conference, Irving, TX, Feb. 2013.

Plonien, C. (2000).  Disease Management, Why Bother?  Texas Hospital Association Annual Conference and Expo. Dallas, Texas, July, 2000.

Plonien, C. (1995). Reorganizing: Serving on your knees. Psychiatric Nursing Learning Institute Symposium. Medical University of South Carolina, March, 1995.          


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