Chief Patient Care Services Officer and Director of Nursing,
UC Davis Medical Center

Carol A. Robinson

Carol A. Robinson is chief nursing officer for UC Davis Medical Center. She oversees more that 1,800 nurses and nurse practitioners who provide care to more than 200,000 patients every year in the 619-bed, acute-care hospital and its more than 100 primary- and specialty-care clinics, which handle more than 900,000 visits. Highly trained nurses support nine critical-care units in the hospital as well as 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency departments.

Under her leadership, the UC Davis Medical Center has distinguished itself as one of the best work environments for nurses in the United States. It maintains a nurse-patient ratio that meets or exceeds state-mandated staffing ratios. In addition, vacancy and turnover rates for the nursing staff are among the nation’s lowest.

Robinson has been responsible for introducing innovative programs to help improve patient care, including a primary-nurse model that has been adopted by other hospitals, a lift-team to help with patients and a multilingual nursing team to help non-English-speaking patients during their stays at the hospital.

Robinson joined UC Davis in 1980 as assistant director of Hospital and Clinics, and later became director before becoming chief nursing officer.

Robinson received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville and a master’s in public administration from UCSF.  

Robinson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Johnson & Johnson Wharton fellow. She is a member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses; American Organization of Nurse Executives; American Trauma Society; Association of California Nurse Leaders; Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Eta Chapter, Nursing Honor Society and past President of Soroptimist International of Sacramento, Inc.  She also has served as chairperson for Healthy Communities Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Association of California Nurse Leaders.

Robinson is also an avid rower who was a member of a Sacramento-based rowing team that won three gold medals in 2006 at the U.S. Masters National Rowing Championships in Seattle.