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Rebekkah Stanko, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing



717-796-1800 x7309

Interest and areas of expertise

Emergency and trauma nursing, palliative care, recruitment and retention of nurses and nursing students with disabilities, end of life nursing education, nursing ethics, nursing leadership


BS, Pure Mathematics, Concentration in Education, Shippensburg University
BSN, Pennsylvania State University
MSN, Nursing Administration, Messiah College
CAGS, Nursing Education, Messiah University
DNP, Nursing Leadership, Messiah University

Classes I teach

NURS 410: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
NURS 413: Leadership in Nursing
NURS 492: Senior Nursing Capstone
HLTH 506: Bioethics
IDET 316: Healthcare Ethics


Rebekkah entered nursing as a second career and spent the majority of her beside nursing career working as an ER and Trauma nurse. She then transitioned to a role as a trauma outreach coordinator and educator for a brief period of time, followed by three years as an Employee Health nurse, and has since returned to the bedside as an ER nurse where she continues to work on her days off from teaching. Her areas of interest and expertise include emergency and trauma nursing, palliative care, recruitment and retention of nurses and nursing students with disabilities, end-of-life nursing education, nursing ethics, and nursing leadership. Rebekkah has a passion for teaching and has experience teaching at the K-12 level, as well as teaching EMS, and teaching and being involved in education in the hospital setting. Prior to accepting a full-time faculty position, Rebekkah taught for Messiah University as an adjunct nursing professor. Rebekkah earned a BS in mathematics from Shippensburg University, a BSN from Pennsylvania State University, a MS in Nursing Administration from Messiah College and then returned to Messiah University to complete her CAGS in Nursing Education. Rebekkah is currently working on her DNP in Nursing Leadership at Messiah University with an estimated graduation date of August, 2023.

Rebekkah chose to become a nurse educator after discovering her passion for teaching and the classroom. Throughout her professional career, Rebekkah has always been drawn back to the world of academia, and this time she has decided to take root in that world. For Rebekkah teaching is a way to connect professionally and personally as well as share her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for the hardest job you will ever love. Rebekkah is excited to begin this new chapter of her career as full-time nursing faculty with Messiah University beginning in August, 2022.

Publications & Presentations

Children’s Books:
Stanko, R., Dangleben, D., & Jordan, P. (2018). Sara and Doc: Emergency on the Playground. Cari Swap & Shop Publishing House.

Stanko, R., Dangelben, D., & Jordan, P. (2019). Sara and Doc: Grandpa’s Lesson. Cari Swap & Shop Publishing House.

Research Articles:
Jones, L. & Stanko, R. (2011). Why 7 and 2 Can’t Give 7. Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, 13(5), 277-280.

Poster Presentations:
Stanko, R. “Embracing a wholistic definition of family,” Holy Spirit Hospital Igniting the Spirit of Inquiry, Innovation in Nursing: Nursing Research/EBP Conference, Harrisburg PA, October 2016.

Stanko, R. “Disability ≠ Inability: The Recruitment and Retention of Nurses with Disabilities”. 14th Annual WellSpan Health Collaborative EBP & Nursing Research Conference, York PA, September 2020.