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Lavina M. Robins
School of Nursing

Lavina M. Robins, B.S.N., R.N., Instructor in Nursing (Nursing Arts—Foundations in Nursing)

B.S.N., University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1951.

Instructor in Nursing (Nursing Arts—Foundations in Nursing), University of Michigan School of Nursing, May 1953-1955. Robins resigned from this position June 30, 1955.

Subsequently, Robins joined the staff of The Benjamin Rose Hospital, a hospital for prolonged illness in Cleveland, Ohio. She participated as a nursing investigator in a multidisciplinary study of the progressive loss of abilities and progressive increase in death rate of aged patients. Functional independence of patients in bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, and feeding was assessed as well as continence status. The report, published in the Journal of Chronic Disease in January 1959, defined an index of independence in activities of daily living that could be used to evaluate deterioration in health status and its progression. A report on the prognostic indices in fracture of the hip was published the following year.