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Janie Robinson - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Janie Robinson

Associate Professor | Texas Christian University


Dr. Robinson's interest include kidney disease, chronic illnesses, and health disparities in African Americans





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Dream Outside the Box




Janie R. Robinson is a Professor of Nursing in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas Christian University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate in the Philosophy in Nursing from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA. She has been a registered nurse over 27 years. She is a Certified Nurse Educator. Her Nursing specialty is Medical-Surgical Nursing. Her research interest includes decreasing incidence of kidney disease in African American, improving health outcomes in African Americans with chronic illnesses, and decreasing health disparities in African Americans. She was selected as one of Dallas/Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses in 2020. She has also published and presented her research findings at local and nationaland international conferences.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Kidney Disease in African Americans

Chronic Illnesses in African Americans

Health Disparities in African Americans

Accomplishments (2)

DFW Great 100 Nurse (professional)

2020 The Dallas Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses Inc.,

TCU Senior Class Legacy Honoree National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity


Education (3)

Southern University and A & M College: Ph.D., Nursing 2009

Southern University and A & M College,: M.S., Nursing 2002

Southern University and A & M College: B.S., Nursing 1996

Affiliations (5)

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)
  • Black Doctoral Network (BDN)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Texas Nurses Association (TNA)

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (2)

Prescriptions for Chronic Inequities

TCU Magazine  


Janie Robinson became interested in kidney health while working nights in a hospital’s telemetry unit. She saw firsthand what a study from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases concluded: Though only 13 percent of the U.S. population, Black people account for 35 percent of people with kidney failure. [...] “When your kidneys fail, everything that you drink stays in your body,” Robinson said. “The excess fluid builds up, causing the heart and lungs to fill up and not function properly.” In addition, kidneys remove waste from the body, which is also crucial to sustaining life.

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Close Shave

TCU Blog  


Janie Robinson, now an associate professor in TCU Nursing, watched as beds filled up with African-American males with kidney failure every Sunday night in the cardiac unit of a Louisiana hospital. “Their kidneys had failed,” Robinson said. “Over the weekend, they had [drunk] too much water or fluid and, since their kidneys couldn’t function, they had to have emergency dialysis. This was just continual, every Sunday night.” She wanted to know why.

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Articles (2)

The Perfect Storm: COVID-19 Health Disparities in US Blacks

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

2021 Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) accounts for over 180,000 deaths in the USA. Although COVID-19 affects all racial ethnicities, non-Hispanic Blacks have the highest mortality rates. Evidence continues to emerge, linking the disproportion of contagion and mortality from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), a result of adverse social determinants of health. Yet, genetic predisposition may also play a credible role in disease transmission.

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Adherence to Treatment by African Americans Undergoing Hemodialysis

Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association

Glenda B Daniels, Janie R Robinson, Charles A Walker

2018 End stage renal disease (ESRD) affects African Americans more than any other ethnic group. Adherence is a challenge. Patients with ESRD must adhere to medication, diet, fluid restrictions, and dialysis treatment schedules if they do not receive a kidney transplant. The purpose of this exploratory, descriptive study was to assess adherence in 120 African Americans with ESRD undergoing hemodialysis (HD). Participants completed a demographic questionnaire and the ESRD Adherence Questionnaire (ESRD-AQ). Biomarkers were collected from medical records. Few participants (24%) adhered to dietary restrictions; however, fluid restriction was reported as the most difficult to manage, which was consistent with the interdialytic weight gain biomarker. Older participants were more adherent. Participants were adherent with HD attendance and medication. Participants reported frequent communication with the healthcare team, but a more formal process needs to be implemented with follow up to ensure understanding and reinforce adherence.

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