The purpose of faculty practice at The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston is to provide a venue for faculty to provide community and/or direct patient care services, establish a clinical site for student education and/or pursue research and leadership opportunities of interest. Many School of Nursing faculty members choose a faculty practice site to accomplish one or more of these goals.
University of Texas Health Services (UTHS)
The School of Nursing operates a nurse managed primary care practice in the Houston area:
- UTHS-Medical Center
This nurse practitioner managed practice started in 1991 and is considered by many to be one of the leading nurse practitioner managed practices in the country. UTHS-Medical Center provides primary and occupational health services with over 13,000 patient visits annually. Patients access the practice through insurance or one of the 52 contracts for service it has with multiple organizations or companies throughout Houston and the State of Texas.
Contracts for Service
Another means of faculty practice at the School of Nursing is via a contract with community agencies to provide clinical and/or research services on a fee-for-service or contractual basis. The School of Nursing is a national leader and trendsetter in this concept of joining consultation with health care agencies. Some examples:
- Student health services at local universities
- Cardiovascular rehabilitation services
- Group therapy for bipolar disorders
- Emergency nurse practitioners for triage and urgent care
- Research and evidence based practice leadership for local hospitals
Benefits of the Faculty Practice Program:
- The agency has access to a highly trained professional without paying full-time salary and benefits.
- The program contributes to the growth and development of the agency through the utilization of renowned nursing experts.
- The program offers not only a selected faculty member, but the possibility of other RNs enrolled at the School of Nursing who are seeking professional learning experiences through various clinical projects.
- The program enhances capabilities to document clinical, cost, and quality outcomes.
- The program affords the opportunity to recruit students for future needs.
How does the program work?
An agency expresses a need for a certain service or set of services and determines how much time it will require. The School of Nursing matches the need with faculty expertise and arranges for the two parties to meet to discuss mutual interest. When an agreement has been reached, fees are calculated, the agreement contract is signed, and the services are initiated.
How are faculty matched with agencies?
Faculty interview with the agency before final selection. A match between philosophies and working styles is very important to a successful outcome.
What are the program costs?
Fees are calculated based on faculty salary, benefits, and indirect cost. Since the School of Nursing is a not-for-profit state agency, fees are used to cover only expenses, keeping costs at a reasonable level and far below other means of obtaining these services.
What are the contract terms?
The contract is usually for a 12-month period and is renewable by mutual consent. Every agreement has an escape clause where either party, at any time, may give a 60-day notice of intent to cancel the contract. In case of emergencies, shorter notices are negotiated on an individual basis.