In anticipation of the upcoming retirement of Diane Hoffmann, longtime Mid-Plains Community College Director of Nursing/Health Occupations Division Chair, the college recently announced its selection of two MPCC nurse educators to fill those positions.
Kathy Harrison has been named the Director of Nursing and Marina Makovicka is the new Division Chair for Health Occupations. Both women began their new roles on Jan. 6 to allow them the entire spring semester to transition with Hoffmann.
Harrison started her nursing career at McCook Community College, where she obtained her Nursing Assistant degree in 1989. She then went on to earn her Licensed Practical Nursing degree at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte in 1992.
In 1995, she graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Colby Community College. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2001. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Clarkson College in Omaha in 2007.
Harrison is currently working on a Doctor in Health Care Education and Leadership (Ed.D.) from Clarkson College. She is also currently undergoing the induction process for the National Society for Leadership and Success at Clarkson College.
During her nursing career, she has worked in Long Term Care, Acute Care, Home Health and Hospice. She has been with MPCC for 13 years – three years as a part-time Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide instructor and 10 years as the Nursing Support Coordinator.
Harrison’s husband, Chris, works for Plains Equipment Group in McCook. They have two children – Christina a sophomore at UNK and Cody a sophomore at McCook High School.
“They have been very supportive of me through the years and I could not be where I am today without their support,” she said.
“I’m very excited to start my new adventure in the place where I started my nursing career so many years ago,” she continued. “I have big shoes to fill in my new position as Director of the Nursing Programs. Diane Hoffmann has been inspirational to me in many ways over the last 10 years and I appreciate her guidance in my transition into this new role. I also appreciate the support that I have received from Dr. Tomanek and the Nursing Faculty. MPCC is blessed to have excellent Nurse Educators and I look forward to working with them in my new role.”
Makovicka is originally from Indianapolis, Ind. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S.N. and moved from Indianapolis to Gothenburg in 1998. She worked at the Cozad Hospital for two years, and then moved to Ogallala and worked in Obstetrics at Great Plains Regional Medical Center for two years.
The next five years were spent serving as Dr. Matt Byrd’s nurse at Ogallala Community Hospital. She then spent another five years working in administration. In 2007 Makovicka received her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and continues to work towards her Doctor of Education Degree from Grand Canyon University. She has been at MPCC for seven years, two part-time and five full-time, as a nurse educator.
As the Health Occupations Division Chair, Makovicka will oversee the Nursing, EMT, MLT, Dental and Fire Science programs. Her new duties will include employee reviews and issues, hiring faculty, program budgets, and helping develop and enhance the college’s health occupations programs. She will also be in charge of the Health and Science Center’s Simulation Lab and plans to teach summer nursing classes.
“I am very excited to learn more about the different disciplines and to have the opportunity to work with new faculty and administration,” she said.
Both Harrison and Makovicka are recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.
“I always said that I would not retire until we hired nurse educators that would continue in the tradition of offering excellent nursing education programs. The time has come to turn over my responsibilities,” said Hoffmann. “I am proud of the choices that administration made during the selection process. We could not find more qualified and committed educators than Kathy and Marina.”
“I am also grateful for the time allowed to assist in their transition into the director and division chair role,” she continued. “I have enjoyed my journey of nursing education and administration over the past 39 years at MPCC. I will always be appreciative of the marvelous opportunities offered to me by the college.”