Kathleen Hankel to Take Helm of Genesee Community College Nursing Program

Kathleen Hankel, RN, will become Director of Genesee Community College's Nursing Program August 1, replacing Betty P. Lapp, who is retiring.

Ms. Hankel comes to Genesee from the Rapid City Campus of the University of South Dakota. She has served as Director of Nursing there for the past 16 years, overseeing a 180-student program. She has been a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission program evaluator for 13 years, and is a nationally recognized authority on nursing program curriculum development, accreditation, and program assessment. A well-known speaker and author, her Annual Review of Nursing Education article, "Creating an Undergraduate Classroom Without Walls," provides a blueprint for hands-on training for nursing students.

Genesee's Nursing program serves about 140 students, and graduates 45 - 55 students each year. Most of Genesee's nursing graduates remain in the region, and help staff area hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities.

Ms. Hankel will be a positive addition to Genesee Community College's faculty and will help shape health care in the region for many years to come, President Stuart Steiner said. "Our nursing program has been recognized as a source of many of the region's outstanding nurses," he said. "Directly and indirectly, Genesee's nursing programs affects the operations of local hospitals, the quality of care we and our families receive and, ultimately, the strength of health care throughout the region. The director of our nursing program plays a critical role in maintaining a strong educational program and protecting the health and well-being of every citizen."