People of PA College: August 2018 Edition

by Karen Jenkins August 7, 2018

People of PA College: August 2018 Edition

We’re proud of the ambitions and accomplishments of our students and alumni – learn some of their stories in our monthly feature:

Student Spotlight

Amelia Leibensperger ’15 ’18

Bachelor of Science, Health Science

Amelia Leibensperger first came to PA College to complete her nuclear medicine clinical and theory year of study as part of our consortium agreement with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Associates degree program in 2015, and was also honored with her program’s Outstanding Graduate award. Prior to that, Amelia was valedictorian of her graduating high school class of 2012 at Bermudian Springs High School in York County and a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at HACC, having served as the Alpha Nu Omega’s chapter Executive Vice President in 2013.

Following her great experience, Amelia decided to continue her education at PA College by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health science (BSHS). Currently employed at UPMC Pinnacle as a full-time Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Amelia hopes to continue working in the diagnostic imaging realm of healthcare, eventually working her way up into a managerial or administrative role within her organization. “I was inspired to enroll in the BSHS program as it allowed me the freedom to complete all of my courses online (aside from my clinical CT credits) and would help to provide me with the foundation of knowledge I will need for future advancement within my department,” shares Amelia. With her advanced practice concentration at PA College, she has also completed her CT certification and clinical component at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

In her free time, Amelia likes to read and go on adventures with her husband, Cavet. The pair will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary this month, and enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking, and trying new foods and brews, as well as training up to be future alpaca owners! As only children, Amelia and Cavet also like to host a good dinner, BBQ, or party to spend time with their parents and bring their families together. They also appreciate the college town scene of their Shippensburg home, along with its proximity to a rail trail, Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Kings Gap State Park.

Alumni Spotlight

Brandy Grant, MSN, RN ’04

Nurse Manager of Renal Dialysis Unit & Interim Nurse Manager of the Admissions Unit, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

After earning her diploma in Nursing from PA College in 2004, Brandy Grant joined the IICU team at Lancaster General Hospital. While she loved this role and the adrenaline of working with critical care patients, a year later she took the opportunity to help open a new cardiac telemetry unit at the hospital. Brandy enjoyed this experience of working with a new team in a new unit, as well as precepting new nursing graduates. Later, she began to pursue her BSN through Liberty University, and during this time, also took part in the Nurse Manager Residency. This program allowed Brandy to spend half of her time in a staff role and the other half working with managers to discover their role within leadership.

In the spring of 2010, Brandy completed her BSN and became the Nurse Manager of a Cardiac Pulmonary Unit. She also assisted with other projects and continued on with her professional development at Walden University, earning an MSN focusing on Leadership and Management in 2012. Since then, Brandy has also been the Nurse Manager of Dialysis, Informatics, and most recently the Admissions Unit. She was also an adjunct instructor here at PA College. Of her academic start at PA College, Brandy adds: “My diploma in Nursing provided me a very solid foundation of nursing knowledge and relationships to further my professional growth. When I first became a nurse I didn’t want to go on for any other professional advancement, and now I find myself pushing and driving others to reach further in their own professional development.”

Brandy was recently honored by her Dialysis Team with the Lancaster General Health Nurses as Leaders Award during Nurses Week. Looking back over her career to date, Brandy shares: “I am proud of my passion and ability to accomplish a variety of large scale projects. I feel as though I have high expectations of my teams and they typically deliver phenomenal quality results. My teams drive my passion and my work and provide me many times a day that I am humbled to be provided the opportunity to be their manager.”

Brandy is a single mom to two very active boys. Her oldest son is autistic and Brandy notes that “this has taught me to see the world through a different perspective and allows me to see a variety of things from a patient perspective vs. the healthcare perspective.” She also recently had the pleasure of nominating and congratulating a fellow nurse at CHOP for a Daisy Award after she provided phenomenal care and compassion to Brandy’s autistic son. During her “me time,” Brandy loves to run and go to the gym. When not at home in Southern Lancaster County, during the summer, she and her boys enjoy time at the beach with family and friends.

Seeking “People of PA College”

Do you know an exceptional current student or alumnus whose experiences and accomplishments would help tell the PA College story? Or someone who has overcome an obstacle or reached a challenging milestone during their PA College experience? Please email your suggested names (and identify them in one of these categories) to Karen Jenkins. Self-nominations are also welcome!