News: Nursing

Richmond Named Director of Nursing at Penn College

Sandra L. Richmond

Sandra L. Richmond has been appointed director of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

As director, Richmond, who has been a full-time faculty member at Penn College since 2012, will oversee the college’s five nursing majors.

“Sandy Richmond brings an impressive combination of clinical, educational and administrative experiences to the leadership of the Nursing Program,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She is passionate about her profession and respected by her peers.”

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Teaching Honors Bestowed Upon Faculty Trio at Penn College

Awards for teaching were presented to three full-time faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology during commencement ceremonies held May 16-17 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award to Dorothy M. Mathers, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing.

Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to Peter B. Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology, and Kevin R. Derr, professor of legal assistant studies.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. Since the program’s inception in 1982, awards have been presented to 95 honorees (30 Master Teacher and 65 Excellence in Teaching).

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Retired Faculty Member Establishes Two Endowed Scholarships

Chalmer Van Horn (left) with his final engineering drafting student, William P. Woodley, in 1991

Chalmer Van Horn, a retired faculty member who taught engineering drafting for nearly three decades at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its two predecessor institutions, has endowed two scholarships at the college, including one that honors the memory of his wife of 56 years, Ruth Ann.

The Ruth Ann Van Horn Nursing Scholarship gives preference to full-time students who are enrolled in the practical nursing major, are prior recipients and are enrolled to earn their registered nursing or Bachelor of Science nursing degrees.

Ruth Ann Van Horn received a registered nursing degree from the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and worked in the emergency room at Muncy Valley Hospital from 1956 until the late 1960s, when she left nursing due to ill health.

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Penn College to Hold Three Commencement Ceremonies May 16-17

More than 900 Pennsylvania College of Technology students have petitioned to graduate at the completion of the Spring 2014 semester, and the college has scheduled three ceremonies May 16-17 for those who will march at commencement.

All of the ceremonies will be held at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

At 3 p.m. Friday, May 16, students in the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies will march. The student speaker will be Lewis Damase Robinson, of Bellefonte, who will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems and an associate degree in baking and pastry arts.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, a ceremony will be held for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. The student speaker will be Benjamin Michael Schappell, of Mohrsville, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in computer aided product design.

At 1:30 p.m. May 17, a ceremony will be held for students in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. The student speaker will be Ashley Grace Maietta, of Hughesville, who will receive an associate degree in nursing.

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Simulated Emergencies Help Students Hone Treatment-Team Roles

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the "patient" to the ATHS radiography lab.

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the “patient” to the ATHS radiography lab.

An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS

An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS

A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.

A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.

Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.

Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.

Communication with the "injured"

Communication with the “injured”

To facilitate collaboration among various health disciplines, the School of Health Sciences staged a series of mock health emergencies on campus this week. Approximately 195 students from eight of the school’s programs – Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Paramedic, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography and Surgical Technology – participated in the event as health professionals, actors and observers. The event presented an opportunity for the students to develop relationships with other health care students and a better understanding of their role. More than 50 faculty and staff members facilitated the event across three days.
Photos by Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director, radiography; and Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

Got Game? Former Student-Athletes Toss Extra Talents Into Careers

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

Golfer-turned-head-coach Matthew Haile helped his team stay undefeated and capture conference championships. In 2003, he was the conference individual champion – the first since 1982.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

During Adam Waigand’s tenure, the Wildcats soccer team achieved a 55-14-1 record and a 2004 conference championship. An All-State selection, he helped the defense record 15 shutouts in his last two years.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

Lindsey Fackler was a three-time All-American archer and Academic All-American who was part of the college’s title-winning female compound team at the 2009 U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships.

From the Spring 2014 One College Avenue: Alumni of Wildcat athletic programs apply lessons from the field, court, course and mat to their post-Penn College lives. Archery champion Lindsay Fackler, ’10, applies focus in her nursing career, while golfer Matthew Haile, ’06, now head coach, applies lessons in confidence to challenges in information technology, and Adam Waigand, ’05, uses teamwork learned on the soccer field in his work as a construction supervisor.

Penn College Partners With LPN Career Center

Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center have entered into an agreement that awards up to 12 general education credits to graduates of the LPN program to continue their education.

The partnership, initiated by the WATCH Project, an income-based program that assists individuals interested in careers in nursing and EMS health professions, is administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and funded through a federal Health Professions Opportunity Grant.

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Sealant Saturday Scheduled March 1 at Penn College

Penn College dental hygiene students at work during a previous Sealant Saturday at the college.

On March 1, Pennsylvania College of Technology will serve as a host site for the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s annual Sealant Saturday initiative.

The event is scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A group of volunteers – consisting of local dental hygienists and dentists and Penn College dental hygiene students – will provide free oral screenings, sealants, fluoride treatments and education for children ages 7-15 in Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

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Discussions Train Student Focus on Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing education, guides a discussion.

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing education, guides a discussion.

Health Sciences students and faculty fill Penn’s Inn with discussion groups.

Health Sciences students and faculty fill Penn’s Inn with discussion groups.

The School of Health Sciences hosted an Interdisciplinary Professional Event for students in select courses in its Physician Assistant, Nursing, Radiography, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Fitness Specialist programs Friday. About 150 students participated in two sessions that examined case studies and allowed students from the varying health care disciplines to discuss with one another their unique roles and interactions with the same patient.

Nursing Students Help Meet Basic Health Needs at Food Bank

Penn College students enrolled in a Community Health Nursing class fill boxes at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Williamsport Warehouse. They are, from left, Alvine N. Taylor, Williamsport; Ashley L. Farabaugh, Hatboro; Melissa M. Frank, Towanda; and Priya B. Patel, Morganville, N.J.

Thirty nursing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology took the topic of community health literally when they put in time at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

The students are enrolled in a course called Community Health Nursing. For one of the course’s clinical rotations, the students became familiar with and volunteered at the food bank’s Williamsport Warehouse, explained course instructor Sandra L. Richmond.

At the warehouse, students packed fresh-express items, which included fresh fruits and vegetables, and power sacks for school-aged students in need of food for the weekend. They also repacked rice and cereal for redistribution by other northcentral Pennsylvania agencies.

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Leah D. Tamburlin Named SGA’s ‘Student of the Month’

Leah D. Tamburlin

Leah D. Tamburlin, a senior nursing major from St. Marys, has been chosen as the Student of the Month at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Tamburlin, who is scheduled to graduate in May, is a member of the Student Nurses Association and is employed as a part-time clerk in the Residence Life Office.

She was chosen for the Penn State Hershey 2013 Student Nurse Externship Program this past summer, working full time in the Hershey Medical Center emergency room.

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Faculty/Staff Add to Saturday’s ‘Fun in the Sun’

Tom Livingstone helpfully guides a hammer-wielding youngster as he letter-stamps his name onto a metal ID tag.

Tom Livingstone helpfully guides a hammer-wielding youngster as he letter-stamps his name onto a metal ID tag.

Coloring books, bracelets and Little League pins were among the items distributed at the college's display tables, where Career Services' Dana R. Suter interacted with families.

Coloring books, bracelets and Little League pins were among the items distributed at the college’s display tables, where Career Services’ Dana R. Suter interacted with families.

Jessica L. Bower (right) helps a young visitor bandage a child manikin, which she also used to show boys and girls how to feel their pulse.

Jessica L. Bower (right) helps a young visitor bandage a child manikin, which she also used to show boys and girls how to feel their pulse.

Penn College faculty and staff were among exhibitors at the Williamsport Business Association’s aptly named “Fun in the Sun Day” on Saturday. Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education; Tom Livingstone, associate professor of machine tool technology and automated manufacturing; and Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programs, offered hands-on activities and giveaways at Brandon Park to acquaint families with the college’s “degrees that work.”

Nursing Student Serves Externship at Mayo Clinic

A nursing student at Pennsylvania College of Technology is among just more than 100 from around the nation selected for the Mayo Clinic’s Summer III Nursing Externship.

Stephanie M. Snyder, of Williamsport, began her externship at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., on June 3 with an intensive, two-week orientation.

The clinic, which cares for more than a million people from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries each year, offers the employment experience for students between their junior and senior years in a bachelor-degree nursing program.

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Camp Provides Insight Into Potential Health Careers

Campers get a feel for the role of a surgical technologist in a Penn College laboratory.

Campers get a feel for the role of a surgical technologist in a Penn College laboratory.

Exploring the tools of the operating room, a participant performs surgery in the surgical technology lab.

Exploring the tools of the operating room, a participant performs surgery in the surgical technology lab.

A radiographer’s look at the skull – and those things so often attached to it.

A radiographer’s look at the skull – and those things so often attached to it.

Participants outfit themselves in one of the many uniforms a nurse might wear.

Participants outfit themselves in one of the many uniforms a nurse might wear.

Examining one’s bite in the dental hygiene laboratory

Examining one’s bite in the dental hygiene laboratory

Around 40 ninth- to 12th-graders stayed on campus this week to get a hands-on introduction to a variety of fields during Health Careers Camp. The two-day camp is presented by Penn College and Susquehanna Health. In addition to workshops in the School of Health Sciences, participants tour various Susquehanna Health facilities and interact with college students and faculty, as well as Susquehanna Health employees.
Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer

Simulated Emergencies Attest to Health Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Response

Paramedic and nursing students interview a patient actor outside the Keystone Dining Room.

Paramedic and nursing students interview a patient actor outside the Keystone Dining Room.

Student nurses gather the vital signs of a heart attack patient outside the Fitness Center.

Student nurses gather the vital signs of a heart attack patient outside the Fitness Center.

A paramedic student sets a defibrillator.

A paramedic student sets a defibrillator.

Students observe the action in the “emergency room” at Student Health Services after a patient arrives by ambulance.

Students observe the action in the “emergency room” at Student Health Services after a patient arrives by ambulance.

Nursing and paramedic students approach a trauma victim in the Bardo Gymnasium building.

Nursing and paramedic students approach a trauma victim in the Bardo Gymnasium building.

Penn College’s Nursing, Paramedic Technology and Physician Assistant programs staged two days of mock emergencies this week that provided collaborative opportunities for more than 100 students in the three disciplines. Volunteers for the event were recruited from across campus. They included actors playing the roles of four patients: A pregnant woman who was seizing outside the Keystone Dining Room, a man experiencing a heart attack outside the Fitness Center, a 13-year-old struck by a pickup truck near Bardo Gym, and a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder who struck the bike rider and may have been drunk. Also called into play was Student Health Services, which provided one of two “hospital” spaces, and the Office of Instructional Technology, which recorded the event. “The event is intended to help the School of Health Sciences demonstrate that we truly live out our mission and philosophy statements,” said Tushanna M. Habalar, learning lab coordinator for nursing education, one of many employees in the School of Health Sciences who helped with the event.
Middle three photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer

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