Jinkerson to Retire from MAC
Lana Jinkerson will retire this summer from Mineral Area College. Jinkerson is coordinator and professor for MAC’s program in practical nursing, and is a professor of social sciences.
Before coming to MAC, Jinkerson worked in as an ICU, PCU, and medical-surgical nurse at Bonne Terre Hospital and Charles E. Still Hospital (now named Capital Region Hospital) in Jefferson City. She was also director of nursing at Presbyterian Manor in Farmington and Regency Health Care in Lawrence, Kans.
Jinkerson began part-time employment at MAC in fall 1981 and worked for three years as CNA & CMT instructor, then, in 1986, she became full-time faculty for the PN program. Jinkerson has a master's degree in nursing education from University of Missouri-St. Louis, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Methodist University, and an associate degree in nursing from MAC.
Jinkerson said one of the highlights of her career at MAC has been creating and implementing the Fast-Track PN-ADN nursing program and seeing the many hundreds of LPNs and, subsequently, RNs achieve their career goals.
“Three of my former students are current full-time MAC nursing faculty, several more are MAC adjunct nursing faculty, many are now nurse practitioners and directors of nursing, and a few are now physicians,” she said. “I am very, very proud of them and grateful that MAC has helped make this possible.”
Jinkerson said she also has enjoyed developing and giving state-wide presentations on physical assessment for the Missouri League for Nursing for a couple of years. She is also a member and secretary of Deans and Directors of Greater St. Louis, and a member of MoACTE, Missouri Community College Association and NEA. She is also a member of the social sorority Beta Sigma Phi.
Alhough she lived most of her years in Farmington and Leadwood, Jinkerson has lived in Hillsboro for the past 12 years. And while she’s looking forward to retiring from full-time work, gardening, dancing, and spending quality time with her daughter, Marla, son-in-law Jason, and four grandchildren, she still plans to keep teaching on a part-time basis as an adjunct faculty member.