Each month, we share the stories of the People of PA College who make the college a great place to learn, work and grow. Here are February's stories!
Jessica Carlino '11
Sonographer, Physician's Assistant Graduate Student
Jessica Carlino has earned two degrees from PA College, completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in 2011 and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program in 2015. She began her health care career working as a sonographer at Lancaster General Hospital, starting in the ultrasound department and transferring to the Lancaster General Health Physicians Surgical Group. Currently, Jessica is a graduate student at Thomas Jefferson University, in her third semester of didactic study in the Physician Assistant program. She is also employed as a sonographer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and serves as adjunct faculty for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Rowan College.
Thinking back over her career so far, Jessica is proud of challenging herself to learn multiple ultrasound modalities in various settings which allowed her to expand her clinical knowledge, experience and professional relationships. She credits her education at PA College with helping to prepare her for future professional endeavors, and shares, “The anatomy and physiology, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, research, and writing-intensive courses at PA College proved especially beneficial for me in my Physician Assistant studies. The management, organization, healthcare focus and intensity of the course work were appropriate and challenging, and provided me the tools to succeed in my current graduate courses.”
Jessica was born and raised in Lancaster and currently resides in Philadelphia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading suspense novels, cooking and yoga. She aspires to pursue her Physician Assistant career in the field of infectious disease.
Anna Wendel, MSN, CRNP
Faculty, ASN Program
Anna C. Wendel, MSN, CRNP, has been a full-time faculty member in our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Messiah College and then enrolled in an accelerated nurse practitioner program at Boston College. Prior to joining our faculty, Anna worked for Inpatient Care at PinnacleHealth, Harrisburg Hospital Campus. After working as a pediatric nurse practitioner for four years, Anna realized that one of her favorite parts of the job was teaching. As she began to teach at PA College, Anna immersed herself in workshops, webinars and readings about lesson design, classroom management, effective evaluation and other educational theory. By the end of her first year, she decided to pursue a doctoral degree to continue to improve as an educator. She chose the PhD in Nursing program at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas for its focus on nursing education and anticipates completing her degree in June 2020.
Anna is excited about our new three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and the chance to witness students applying their new skills during their first clinical rotations at the hospital. Anna shares, “I recently visited one of the cardiac units at Lancaster General Hospital, and several of the nurses were former students of mine. It was wonderful to hear that they are happy in their work, and I was proud to see that they were skilled, caring advocates for their patients. It was a rare pleasure for me to see the results of all of the hard work of the faculty and students.” Anna has received several honors at PA College including the 2016-17 Robert M. and Thelma G. Flory Doctoral Study Award. In 2015, she received the President’s Quality Award and was a nominee for the Stoudt Excellence in Teaching Award.
In her spare time, Anna’s attention turns to her house and her dog. Since moving to Lancaster three years ago, she has been slowly updating her house and is currently focusing on a bathroom redo and on installing solar panels on the roof. With her dog, Anna has also nearly completed the process to become a nationally certified therapy dog team. To date, the duo has worked in nursing homes, but Anna hopes to bring her dog to PA College one day as well!
Kate Hughes '17
Kate Hughes has lived in Lancaster all her life, so was familiar with PA College and Lancaster General Health’s reputation for excellence. When she decided to pursue a career in health care, she knew she would receive a quality education and clinical experience here. Kate is pursuing an associate degree in radiography. After graduation this year, she plans to also complete clinical hours for mammography and hopes to work in either a hospital or in outpatient diagnostic imaging. Kate shares, “I enrolled in radiography because I enjoy working with people and like the challenge and critical thinking that is involved in diagnostic imaging and working in the health care field.”
Having previously earned a BA in social work from Millersville University, Kate worked in behavioral health for a few years before starting a family. She looks forward to working in diagnostic imaging and believes that her previous education and experience help her connect with her patients and give the best care possible. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She loves watching her kids’ sporting events and spending as much time as possible at the beach or pool during the summer months.