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.
The School of Nursing operates a nurse managed primary care practice in the Houston area:
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:
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.
Faculty interview with the agency before final selection. A match between philosophies and working styles is very important to a successful outcome.
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.
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.