Rhonna Porch

Rhonna L. Porch, Professor

Nursing Education


Office: V-312 D
Office Phone: (619) 388-3811
Office Hours: 0700 to 1600


Nursing Education 242 Mental Health & Gerontological Nursing
Nursing Education 246 Leadership in Nursing
Nursing Education 235 LVN to RN Transition
Nursing Education 265 Nursing Student Success
Nursing Education 243 Pharmacology VI for Nurses
Nursing Education 270 Student Nurse Externship

Professional Background

1978 Grossmont LVN Program 1993 San Diego City College Associate Degree Nursing Program
2002 BSN Program California State University, Dominguez Hills
2005 MSN Program California State University, Dominguez Hills
2002, 2007, 2012 ANCC Certification Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Member of the ANA, NLN, & APNA


I am a native San Diegan, growing up barefoot running through our beautiful canyons and playing on our beaches. I went to Hamilton Elementary school, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High, and Herbert Hoover High School. I received an excellent education and had teachers that were inspiring. I grew up in East San Diego, now called City Height's. I started at San Diego City College in 1978 after I finished the LVN program at Grossmont College. I was inspired to be a nurse by my grandmother who became an LVN at age 50. I am also proud of and have fond memories of Roller Skating in San Diego as a "Rexer" at Palisade Gardens, Sweetwater, and Skateland on G St.


I am a passionate advocate for the psychiatrically ill client as well as for my nursing students. I have been at San Diego City College as a full time member of the faculty since 2006. Previous to that I trained at SDCC to complete the hours needed to complete my Master's degree as a Nurse Educator. I am very proud of the fact that I graduated from San Diego City College RN program in 1993. I have also worked at Scripps Mercy Hospital for 34 years. I am now a member of the Psychiatric Liaison Team after working on their Behavioral Health Unit for many years. I was an LVN for 16 years starting out on the Orthopedic-Surgical floor, then moved to the psychiatric unit in 1981 where I fell in love with caring for the clients I met there. I found my life's passion. I am now thrilled to be able to teach RN students how to care for, respect and advocate for those with mental illnesses. Having come up through the ranks of nursing, I am now a passionate advocate for students beginning at the ADN level of nursing. I understand their struggle and work very hard to help them be successful.


Married, mother, grandmother, & happy parent of two beautiful cats. I love to take walks, shop, and do the needed preparation for teaching. Holiday celebrations and time with my family are very precious to me.