Dr. Plank attended Baylor University in Waco in 1974 and 1975 before going to the Baylor Nursing School in Dallas in 1976 and graduating in 1977. She took her first job as an RN in 1977 and stayed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas for the next 33 years. During that time, she held multiple nursing positions including advancing administrative positions and was the Vice President for Medical-Surgical Nursing when she left in 2008.
While serving as a nurse at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Plank received her MS in Nursing from Texas Women’s University in 1981and then received her PhD from University of Texas at Arlington, Texas in 2002. She is nationally certified by the ANCC as a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).
After a lengthy career at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Plank was recruited back to her alma mater to teach. She began in 2009 as a Regular Lecturer. In April 2012, she accepted the interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs position. The next April (2013), she agreed to stay in the position. In September, 2014, Dr. Plank transitioned to the newly created Clinical Track at the nursing school in the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. She taught in the undergraduate program, the accelerated Fast Bacc program and the graduate program. Courses taught included Management and Leadership, Consumer of Research, Health Assessment Lab, Nursing Informatics, Issues in Health Care and Practice, and Budgeting and Healthcare Finance for Nursing Leadership.