Kathy Skarka, RN, MSN, CNA
As Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at the Nassau Health Care Corporation Kathy Skarka oversees the inpatient Nursing and Case Management Departments with eight Directors of Nursing directly reporting to her. Ms. Skarka directs the implementation of nursing policies and procedures nursing standards and nurse staffing plans, and is involved in and oversees new patient-care initiatives.
Prior to accepting the position at NHCC, Ms. Skarka served as the Director of Patient Care Services at Glen Cove Hospital from 2003 until 2006. In that position, she was responsible for overseeing the Nursing Department including all PI activities and the Respiratory Therapy Department. From 1998 until 2003, she served as the Director of Med-Surg Patient Care Services at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where she was responsible for overseeing delivery of care on Med-Surg units operations of the nursing office, as well as daily operations. Ms. Skarka has more than an additional decade of nursing experiences dating back from 1981 to 1997 when she worked her way up from a staff nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit up to becoming the Assistant Director of Surgical Patient Care Services at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.
Graduating from Flushing Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing with a diploma in nursing in 1979, Ms. Skarka pursued her education and graduated from the LIU CW Post Campus with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1994. Ms. Skarka went on to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Molloy College in 2002. Her certification in Nursing Administration first obtained in 1999 was recertified until November 30 2009. Active in numerous nursing organizations Ms. Skarka belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as well as the American Organization of Nurse Executives.