Last updated August 26, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | 6 Comments
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Nursing Students Gain Firsthand Sensitivity to Age-Related Impairment
On Wednesday, Karen L. Martin, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing, engaged students in the Fundamentals of Nursing course in a hands-on activity intended to help them relate to patients and the changes that occur with the aging process. Students taped their fingers, placed cotton in their ears and wore glasses intended to mimic glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The students were then asked to fill out health history forms, look up a phone number, retrieve pills from medicine bottles and count change. The activity is meant to help students gain competency in the areas of communication, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity. The students expressed appreciation for the activity.
Photos courtesy of the Nursing Program
College Volunteers in Behind-the-Scenes Report on LLB Series
Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa incorporated volunteers from Penn College’s School of Health Sciences in her Tuesday report on preparations for the Little League Baseball World Series. The WNEP multimedia journalist recently interviewed Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs; and emergency medical services and paramedic technician students Louis J. Mazzante IV, of Montoursville, and Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz, of Stroudsburg. Series play begins in South Williamsport on Thursday, the day after the college hosts a cookout for the 16 bracketed teams before the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street.
Last updated August 18, 2015 | Posted in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, Students | One Comment
College’s Exemplary Labs Showcased at Simulation Conference
About 40 participants, nearly half of them faculty/staff of Penn College’s School of Health Sciences, participated in Tuesday’s daylong meeting of the Simulation User Network. Held in the nursing wing of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and sponsored by Laerdal Medical, the first-ever local conference offered a collaborative forum for health educators interested in initiating or augmenting patient simulation. “Our faculty really appreciate how much simulation enhances teaching methodology and student learning,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education. “We are very lucky to have the labs and resources that we have. Today was also a great day to network and learn what others are doing in the world of health-care simulation.” In addition to a panel discussion on “Best Practices in Simulation,” the program included sessions on the importance of team-performance debriefing, implementation of effective training scenarios and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation demonstration.
Last updated August 11, 2015 | Posted in Events, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Student Speaker Shares Message of Pride, Perseverance
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s meaningful tradition of choosing graduating students to speak at commencement exercises continued Saturday, as Kyle G. Stavinski delivered remarks that blended humor, humility, history and gratitude – both for the family and friends in his corner and for the alma mater that will inform his tomorrows. “Today, we say goodbye to everything that was familiar to us. We’re moving on, but just because we’re leaving … and that hurts,” said the Elysburg resident, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services. “Our Penn College education and family will be with us no matter where we roam. Penn College has become our foundation of growth, our north star and the small, clear voice inside our head that makes the uncertainty we will encounter through life our friend – the voice giving us hope for the future so we can make a difference.”
Last updated August 10, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Health Sciences, Students | 2 Comments
Students to Stand Ready to Help at International Athletics Event
A large contingent of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is set to assist the Little League Baseball World Series medical team when sports fans around the world focus on Williamsport in late August.
Students studying to become dental hygienists, paramedics and physician assistants will lend their hands and gain valuable experience during the 11-day championship that draws 16 teams and thousands of fans to the Little League Baseball World Series Complex, just a few miles from Penn College’s main campus.
Last updated August 4, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, Students | One Comment
Dental Hygiene Students Offer Care at Nicaraguan School
Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their instructor recently traveled to Nicaragua, where they provided dental care for students at a school for very poor children.
La Escuelita (The Little School) is in the Santo Domingo section of the city of Managua. The community was declared uninhabitable following a 1972 earthquake, but the poorest of the city continued to settle in the area. Still, much of Santo Domingo has not been rebuilt. Many adults hold informal jobs selling food and drinks at the large Oriental Market.
“The most surprising experience in Nicaragua was to see these children and their families who had so little, but were so happy in life,” said student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg.
“Everyone was so warm and friendly,” added Claudia N. Naylor, of Littlestown. “I expected to see despair, but instead I saw people with a zest for life.”
Last updated July 17, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Students | This gallery contains 5 photos. | Tagged as gallery | 2 Comments
State Cabinet Officials Tour Campus on ‘Jobs’ Visit
Two cabinet secretaries from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration continued the “Jobs That Pay” tour in a Monday visit to Penn College, where they focused on workforce development and employer-training initiatives within the governor’s proposed 2015-16 budget for the commonwealth. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis M. Davin and Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy M. Manderino toured the college’s dental hygiene and welding labs, instructional areas that could benefit from a proposed increase in state appropriation. A press conference followed in the welding lab.
Last updated July 13, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, General Information, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment
Students Get Down-to-Earth Perspective as ‘Life Flight’ Makes Return Landing
One of Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight crews landed a helicopter on the Madigan Library Lawn on Thursday for the benefit of students in the college’s emergency medical services and paramedic technician majors. The crew detailed procedures for emergency medics when a helicopter is called to an emergency scene, and the students practiced loading a classmate into the chopper. Life Flight averages 2,500 flights per year with seven helicopters that are equipped for adverse weather conditions and night vision. In-air crew consists of a pilot, a flight registered nurse and a paramedic trained in the areas of neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care. Many Penn College alumni have served in the Life Flight program.
Last updated July 9, 2015 | Posted in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, General Information, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Young Athletes Trained in Proper Technique at Monthlong Day Camp
A four-week summer program for student-athletes, based on National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines and taught by exercise science faculty from the School of Health Sciences, continues through July 15. The Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp comprises a morning session for 15- to 17-year-olds and a midday one for youngsters 12 to 14. Penn College’s exercise science major, being offered under that new name starting this fall, is the only such associate-degree program in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the NSCA.
Last updated July 6, 2015 | Posted in Events, Exercise Science, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Retired Penn College Faculty Member Granted ‘Emeritus’ Status
Paul “Babe” Mayer, who taught in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fitness and Lifetime Sports (now Exercise Science) Department for 25 years before his retirement in December, has been approved by the Penn College Board of Directors for “professor emeritus” status.
To be eligible for the emeritus designation, nominees must be honorably retired in good standing and have served the college for a minimum of 10 years, demonstrating a record of distinguished service to students, their department, their academic school and/or the college. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Promotion and Sabbatical Review Committee and are recommended for board consideration by the president.
Mayer was instrumental in the development and delivery of a number of new courses within his department. He brought notoriety to the college for his training and conditioning work with athletes across the region and for his work in radio and television sports broadcasting. Prior to teaching at Penn College, Mayer taught at Williamsport Area High School, where he was instrumental in developing a personal fitness curriculum.
Last updated June 18, 2015 | Posted in Exercise Science, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Diagnosis: Future – Campers Examine Potential Health Careers
Penn College’s School of Health Sciences was the destination for 30 high schoolers attending Health Careers Camp, a joint, two-day program of the college and Susquehanna Health. The camp offers students a chance to explore careers in the health care field. Students entering grades nine to 12 attended hands-on workshops Wednesday and Thursday in the college’s exercise science, paramedic technology, occupational therapy assistant, physician assistant, nursing, radiography, dental hygiene and surgical technology majors. To round out their experience, they toured Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Hospital.
Last updated June 18, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Events, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, Radiography, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment
Exercise Science Degree Readies Grads for Expanding Wellness Field
This fall, Pennsylvania College of Technology will introduce its associate degree in exercise science, which grew from its former physical fitness specialist degree.
The exercise science major provides an education in exercise physiology and human movement theory – or how the body responds to exercise. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of human performance, fitness nutrition, general psychology, and organization and leadership of fitness programs, as well as 215 hours of field work.
Last updated June 8, 2015 | Posted in Exercise Science, General Information, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Tragedy Reminds PA Student What Patient ‘Care’ Is All About
Pennsylvania College of Technology physician assistant student Filippo D. “Flip” Borsellino, now looking forward to his final two rounds of clinical internships before graduating in August, encountered a doctor, a community – and a tragedy – that have helped to shape his goals as a health care provider.
In September, Borsellino was in the first days of his very first “clinical rotation,” a Family Practice Internship with Dr. Stephen J. Renzi in Troy, when the community was shaken by the death of a 7-year-old boy. The boy had been riding in a cart behind his father’s bicycle when the bike and a pickup truck collided.
Borsellino said that the boy’s family had just moved to Troy from the South, but what he witnessed in the family’s new hometown was inspiring and admirable.
Last updated June 1, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, Students | 4 Comments
Penn College Honors Three Alumni at Commencement
Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed honors upon three alumni during Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.
Adam J. Yoder, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award on May 15. Joseph H. and Barbara A. Reynolds, of Williamsport, were presented with the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award during the same ceremony. Michael K. Patterson, of Oval, received a Mentorship Award on May 16.
Last updated May 16, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Diesel & Power Generation, Electrical, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Nursing, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment
Surgical Technology Program Director Named to Accreditation Board
Scott A. Geist, Surgical Technology Program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently appointed to the eight-member Board of Directors of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Geist has served as an ARC/STSA accreditation site visitor since 2009. His three-year term on its Board of Directors will begin June 1.
Last updated May 7, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment