Barbara Klein-Robuck, MS, RN, HNC
Cathy Sivak, NursingSchools.com
A left brain-right brain approach to healthcare has created a unique career for San Juan Capistrano, Calif., resident Barbara Klein-Robuck.
On the left-brain’ side as an independent rehabilitation nurse consultant/case manager for the last three decades, Ms. Klein-Robuck works within the mainstream medical community to coordinate medical rehabilitation for worker’s compensation, long-term disability care assessment and private clients. In 1965, when very few nurses held bachelor’s degrees, she launched her nursing career with a year as a staff nurse at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., and then she went into teaching. She spent four years as a clinical and lecturing instructor of obstetrical and medical surgical nursing at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, N.Y. In 1969, she became a liaison nurse at the Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine. In 1976, she started a one-year stint as a rehabilitation nurse specialist for International Rehabilitation Associates, Pasadena, Calif., and then launched her consulting practice.
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A registered nurse (RN) with a master’s degree in healthcare administration, Ms. Klein-Robuck earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1965. She received further training at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., in 1968 and at California State College in Los Angeles in 1972. She received her California Vocational Educational Certificate from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., in 1973, and completed her master’s degree in health care administration at the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., in 1990. A licensed nurse in the state of California, she also holds a state public health nurse certificate and is a certified case manager, certified disability management specialist, certified rehabilitation counselor and has a lifetime community college instructor credential in nursing.
On the right-brain’ side, Ms. Klein-Robuck is a certified holistic nurse who offers treatment that combines therapeutic touch, integrative imagery and Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese art that harmonizes and balances energy using methods similar to acupressure and acupuncture. Her holistic training includes coursework and advanced workshops on numerous alternative/complementary modalities including therapeutic touch and certification in both integrative imagery and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Ms. Klein-Robuck’s practice focuses on energy balance, stress and pain reduction and self-empowerment to promote healing of acute and chronic conditions. “I have been doing energy healing work for almost 20 years, I guess even before I knew there was a name for it,” she says.