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 September's stories!
Beth Kilmoyer '95, DNP, MS, RN-BC
Nursing Informatics Manager
Beth Kilmoyer is passionate about nursing excellence. Since graduating from PA College’s diploma program in Nursing in 1995, her educational path and professional roles have encompassed clinical practice, information technology projects and professional development programs. Beth is proud to have worked at five Magnet Designated hospitals, beginning with medical-surgical nursing at Lancaster General Hospital. She received her BSN from Millersville University, her Master in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and her DNP and post-masters certificate in education from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is currently the Nursing Informatics Manager at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Beth is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the George Washington University School of Nursing, and is board certified in Nursing Informatics and Nursing Professional Development.
For the past ten years, Beth’s work with information technology has involved collaboration with clinical staff and her IT colleagues to create and enhance critical technology applications, such as order entry screens and workflow designs. Her role has recently expanded, with an increasing focus on evolving Mercy Medical Center’s culture of nursing excellence. Beth shares, “We believe every nurse is a leader, so we have started a clinical nurse leadership academy for clinical nurses at any level to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in leadership.” Beth is also a nationally ranked women’s gymnastics judge and the proud mom of 2 ½-year-old son Camden, and she and her family are enthusiastic fans of the Baltimore’s Ravens and Orioles. She offers this advice for a rewarding nursing career: “Never give up. Stay active, involved and innovative.”
Debbie Arndt, MSN, RN-BC
Debbie Arndt is an instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program for fourth semester nursing students, teaching mental health theory in the classroom as well as in the clinical setting with students at Wernersville State Hospital. She is passionate about building supportive relationships with students, striving to foster their academic achievement as well as helping them resolve personal issues or manage stress. Debbie shares, “Nothing makes me prouder than to get phone calls or emails from students when they pass their NCLEX exam. It is most fulfilling to see former graduates working as RNs in various settings and know that I played a small part in helping them obtain their career goals.”
As the faculty advisor for the College's (SNAP) Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania chapter, Debbie is excited about the club’s opportunities for growth at the new campus. SNAP students participate in fundraisers and volunteer activities and will attend the State Convention in November, as well as sponsor the 2nd annual NCLEX Bowl next May. Debbie comments, “I love the relationships that I get to develop with SNAP students and watching them blossom in their leadership and communication skills as well as their confidence throughout their student nurse education.”
Debbie earned her nursing diploma from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Millersville University and her Master’s in Nursing Education from Immaculata University. She is certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. At our August Convocation ceremony, she was awarded the Kenneth G. Stoudt Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding PA College faculty, as nominated by our students. Debbie feels blessed to have a very supportive family: her husband, David and three daughters – Lindsay, 23, Courtney, 22 and Haley, 18. She enjoys antiquing, attending auctions, chalk painting/refurbishing old furniture, and spending time with family and friends.
Laura Fowler '19
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Inspiration comes in many forms. Laura Fowler, who began our three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program last month, points to her experiences with injuries and illness as the catalyst for her decision to change careers and become a nurse. While challenging, Laura reflects positively on these experiences, and shares “I have had incomparable encouragement, reassurance and positivity from my health care providers, specifically nurses, and so I aspire to become as impactful as a future nurse to my future patients.” She is shifting her focus from a three-year career as an athletic trainer, and as one of three recipients of a $10,000 PA College scholarship for students in her program, Laura is grateful for the opportunity to scale back her working hours. “With this financial support, I can immerse myself in my studies and eliminate the stressor of providing financial resources to keep my life afloat,” explains Laura.
Laura wants to work as an orthopedic nurse following graduation, drawing from her professional experience as an athletic trainer, her background as an athlete, and her own success with orthopedic surgeries and recovery. She hopes to assist orthopedic doctors with operations, injury prevention, and patient treatment and recovery. Laura lives in her hometown of New Cumberland, PA, with her boyfriend and a thirteen-year-old “puppy” and nearby her wonderful family. Laura describes her hobbies as “interior decorating, bouldering, my morning coffee (yes, that’s a hobby), spending time with my family and friends, music (I play the piano), dancing (for fun), and having fun!” She is looking forward to a rigorous three years in the BSN program at PA College and becoming a nurse who helps to restore happy, healthy lifestyles for many.