Professor and Associate Dean for Transformational Practice and Partnerships
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Fiandt received her BSN from the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing in 1971. She finished her MSN in Pediatric Nursing at Indiana University in 1976, at the same time completing a post-MSN program as a family nurse practitioner. She completed her PhD from Indiana University in 1993 with a major in Nursing Synthesis.
Dr. Fiandt served on active duty in the US Army Nurse Corps from 1971-1974 and retired from the Army Reserves in 1992 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She has maintained an active practice as a family nurse practitioner since 1976, including serving as the clinical director of three nurse-managed health centers, the Wellness CARE Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI (1990-1993), the Family Health Care Center in Omaha, NE (1993-2007); and the Nurse-Managed Center at St. Vincent's House (2008-2013). Under her leadership all three nurse-managed health centers saw substantial growth in number of patients seen, services provided and revenue.
Dr. Fiandt has taught at Indiana University, the University of Indianapolis, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she coordinated the Family Nurse Practitioner Area and was the Director of the Morehead Center for Clinical Practice. From 2007 -2013 Dr. Fiandt was at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where she was a Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and held the Finke Distinguished Chair in the Nursing Arts. She has been the Project Director of four HRSA training grants for a total of over $3.5 million dollars in funding to support nursing education and practice.
In July 2014, Dr. Fiandt returned to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, to accept the position as Associate Dean for Transformational Practice and Partnerships. Her portfolio includes the Office of Continuing Nursing Education, International Programs, and the Morehead Center for Nursing Pracitce.
Her clinical expertise is in the areas of chronic disease management and practice improvement. She wrote the "Quality Improvement Manual for Advanced Practice Nursing" which was published by the Institute of Nursing Centers. Her research is in care of vulnerable people and she has done extensive work on standardizing a process for assessing vulnerability and risk in nursing center populations. Her current reseach involves studying the impact of "Intensive Primary Care" on the health and well-being of vulnerable people with chronic health problems. She is currently working to develop a state-wide consortium of interprofessional integrated practice units to partner with primary care practices to enhance outcomes of patients at risk for poor outcomes due to age, gender, economic or psychosocial factors.
Dr. Fiandt has served on the Board of Directors of several national nursing organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Nursing Center Consortium. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2004 and was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October, 2011.