Indiana University School of Nursing Names Robin Newhouse as Dean

Robin P. Newhouse, a University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty member known nationally for her research of innovative methods to improve the quality of care delivered to patients, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, effective July 1.

The appointment of Newhouse, a professor and chair of the Maryland nursing school’s Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been approved by the IU Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Robin Newhouse is a nationally-recognized research and nursing leader, serving as a committee chair for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute,” said recently retired Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz. “She is an experienced administrator and is a champion for nursing's role in providing higher quality, more effective, and efficient health care.  We are very pleased she will be leading the IU School of Nursing into its second century.”

Newhouse is a leading expert in evidence-based practice for direct care nurses and implementation research.  As a health services researcher she studies health care processes and related patient outcomes.  She is the principal investigator of two funded studies that test nursing interventions to improve patient outcomes in acute care hospitals.

In 2014, Newhouse was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is one of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s International Awards for Nursing Excellence. The award recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.

“I am exceptionally honored to be selected as the Dean of Indiana University School of Nursing,” Newhouse said. “It is a privilege to join the stellar IUSON faculty, interprofessional colleagues, university leaders and our community partners in the advancement of excellence in nursing practice, education, service and research with the goal to advance the health of the people we serve.

Newhouse received an associate degree from Anne Arundel Community College in 1976, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 1987, a Master of Government Administration from the University of Maryland University College, a Master’s from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 1999 and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2000.