Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Germanna names Dr. Patti Lisk Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies

Germanna Community College has named Dr. Patti Lisk RN to succeed Mary Gilkey as its Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies, effective July 25.

Dean Gilkey passed away June 25th at VCU Medical Center in Richmond as a result of heart failure after a long battle with an autoimmune disorder. She was 55.

“Germanna is grateful for the steady leadership in our Nursing and Health Technology programs that has been provided by many good folks in that area during Dean Mary Gilkey's extended illness,”  GCC President David A. Sam said. ”Faculty and students have been through emotional upheavals and challenges. Meanwhile, reaccreditation of our nursing program is due next spring."
   Dr. Patti Lisk, Germanna's new Dean of Nursing and Health
Technologies, with 2013 graduate Kim Casey.

“Among those stepping forward during this difficult time has been Dr. Patti Lisk,” Dr. Sam said.

“While a full and open search process is vital to the integrity of our hiring process, there are times when an emergency appointment is warranted and appropriate.” he said.

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Lisk has agreed to accept the position as Dean and maintain organizational continuity within our nursing team.,” Dr. Sam said.  [Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services]  Dr. Ann Woolford and I thought and the Virginia Community College System agree that this is a decision that makes sense at this time. We thank Dr. Lisk for her long service to Germanna and our students and congratulate her on her well-deserved appointment as Dean of Nursing and Health Technologies.”

Dr. Lisk has been a nursing faculty member at Germanna since 1983. She has taught full time since 1986.

Dr. Lisk wrote the original grant for the purchase of human patient simulators that began Germanna’s Virtual Hospital. She developed scenarios that address student learning needs throughout the nursing curriculum. In her work with nursing students , she has orchestrated increasingly complex and realistic Virtual Hospital’s experiences that allow students to think critically and make clinical decisions in a safe, controlled learning environment.

Among many honors Dr. Lisk  has received are the VCCS Technology in Education Award and the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, both in 2007.

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