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Hansen new Director of Nursing

16 August 2016

After working at the college for six years as a nursing instructor, Kim Hansen has been promoted to Director of Nursing.
Hansen is a graduate of Pratt Community College’s Nursing Program. She graduated from PCC in 2008 and has worked at Pratt Regional Medical Center before switching to nursing education in 2010. Hansen says that she truly enjoys the art of being a nurse and wants to help future nurses achieve their goals.
“I love the art and science of caring that is nursing,” said Hansen. “That is who I am as a person. I really enjoy working with students and helping them accomplish their goals and dreams.”
In April of 2016, the Nursing Program began their search for a new Director of Nursing. The Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick and a committee of PCC employees and community members elected Hansen after weeks of interviews and discussion.
“The hiring committee elected Kim because she is a qualified leader,” said Fitzpatrick. “Kim has a military background having served in the U.S. Air Force. Those leadership qualities are what this position requires. Her vision for short-term as well as long-term and gaining accreditation to the program are aligned with what the institutions goals are and that was an important aspect when looking for the right person for the position. Her knowledge of PCC as a graduate and faculty member gave her a unique perspective of what the Program was and what it has the potential to be.”

Hansen’s familiarity with nursing education practices and expectations for the future of the program stood out to the committee during the search.
“My goal in this new position is to shape this Program into one that students can be proud to say that they came from,” said Hansen. “I ultimately want the PCC Nursing Program to be the top in the state. I want our students to be confident and have a foundation that they can grow from.”
Hansen’s official transition to Director of Nursing was Aug. 1. Throughout the end of the spring 2016 semester and during the summer Hansen and Nursing Instructor Tracy Reynolds were acting interim co-directors and workedtogether to get ready for the new school year and finding two new nursing faculty members to add to the department.

Over the summer the Nursing Department hired Anna Reid BSN, RN, and Kelsey Brownlee, BSN, RN.

Reid was hired in July and has been able to go through a 3-week orientation with Hansen and other faculty. Reid will be teaching the PN program on Pratt’s main campus solely on her own.

“Anna is definitely up for the challenge,” said Hansen. “She is caring as well as professional. I am excited to see her in this role.”

Reid has been a nurse since 2009 previously working at Kingman Community Hospital.

Brownlee is working right now as a nurse in Anthony, Kan. She will be teaching clinicals for the Nursing Program.

“Kelsey is ready to jump right in,” said Hansen. “She brings a wealth of knowledge with her experience and being able to still work in the field.”

As the nursing program continues to make strides in gaining accreditation and having a quality curriculum, Hansen says there are a number of things that the program will be doing to make themselves better.

“I believe that the key to achieving our goals is creating a student centered classroom, promoting critical thinking in real world scenarios versus memorizing information. Our curriculum will have a larger emphasis on working in the simulation lab.”

Continuing education is not only for their students but practical for the staff and faculty as well. Reynolds along with Instructor Susan Meyer will be attending a simulation training at Johnson County Community College this fall. Hansen says it is important to have those professional development skills so they are able to incorporate advanced techniques into their curriculum.

Hansen says that the next step in earning accreditation to the program is first making sure that the faculty and students have the resources they need to be successful. Implementing critical thinking practices and hands-on experience will prepare students for their tests and exams.

The expectation for re-applying for accreditation is having a pass rate of 85 percent or higher on the NCLEX exam taken upon completion of the program. Students who graduated last spring are still in the process of taking the exam to gain their state license. Hansen says that there is room for improvement and that the program will continue to adopt new practices to incorporate into their classrooms to help ensure students are successful to become nurses.

The PCC nursing program has 16 PN students and 28 ADN students this year coming from all over the country.

“I’m excited about the future and the challenges ahead. It will be difficult, but we have a great team and an enormous amount of support from the Board of Trustees and administration,” said Hansen.