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Kathleen Hopkins EdD, RN, CNE

Kathleen Hopkins, EdD, RN, CNE

Kathleen Hopkins, EdD, RN, CNE

Founding Dean, School of Nursing, Health and Wellness

Associate Professor, Nursing

Technology Center, Room 8218


Dr. Kathleen Hopkins currently serves as the Dean of the School of Nursing, Health and Wellness. She previously served as Division Chair of STEM and Health Professions and is an Associate Professor of Nursing. Dr. Hopkins was appointed to the full-time faculty in 2007. She is certified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Certified Nursing Educator (CNE) and she also serves as an On-Site Program Evaluator for the NLN. Dr. Hopkins has many years of clinical experience in critical care, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Performance Improvement.

Prior to her full-time appointment, Dr. Hopkins was an adjunct clinical instructor from 2002 to 2006, and she serves as a skills lab instructor at the College from 1981 to 1986. She has previously taught in the Englewood (NJ) Hospital School of Nursing and at Mercy College in the Department of Education.

Dr. Hopkins advocates the use of technology in the classroom and has developed online nursing instruction for RCC students. Dr. Hopkins earned her doctorate in Nursing Education at Southern Connecticut State University. Her research interests include new graduate nurses, Transition to Practice, and the health and well-being of nursing students and new graduates.


  • EdD, Nursing Education, Southern Connecticut State University
  • MA Nursing, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BS Nursing, New Paltz, SUNY
  • AAS Nursing, Rockland Community College, SUNY


  • Nursing Leadership Award, New Paltz, SUNY

Professional Accomplishments

  • Co-Chair, Leadership Rockland Healthcare Day
  • Member, Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day Committee
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA BLS) Instructor Certified
  • Past Board Member, Professional Nurses Association of Rockland County


  • Hopkins, K (2015). Transition to practice after participation in a student nurse associate program: A qualitative study. (Doctoral Dissertation, Southern Connecticut State University, 2015).
  • Book reviewer: Ohman, K. A. (2011). Davis's alternate format questions for the NCLEX-RN examination. F. A. Davis Co.
  • Book reviewer: Arnett, J. (2012). Human Development: A Cultural Approach. 3rd Edition: New Jersey: Pearson Education.
  • Book reviewer: Wilkinson, J. (2012). Nursing Process and Critical Thinking. 5th Edition. New Jersey: Pearson Education.