People of PA College: February 2018 Edition

by Karen Jenkins February 15, 2018

People of PA College: February 2018 Edition

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

Student Spotlight

Isis Cameron ’18

Associate of  Science in Nursing

Isis Cameron is a 2016 graduate of Dover Area High School in York County and is currently in her third semester of our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program. She was inspired to pursue a career in nursing by her strong relationships with her grandparents, and explains: “my grandfather fell ill and when he passed I wanted to do something that was meaningful and would make him and my grandmother proud.” After earning her degree, Isis plans to continue her education by pursing her bachelor’s degree and eventually a master’s degree as well. She aspires to specialize in trauma and ultimately work at a level 1 trauma center.

Attracted to PA College for its embrace of technology and hands-on learning, Isis particularly appreciates the Bluetooth connectivity and dry erase walls in the individual study rooms on campus, which has helped make group study easier and fun. So far, she has also enjoyed her clinical experiences and the opportunities to learn about how different hospitals and other health care facilities operate. She credits her involvement with SNAP (Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania) with providing learning opportunities that focus on helping others, while also offering some much-needed fun. So far, Isis has participated in the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center’s Rubber Duckie Race fundraiser (she got to help toss the ducks in the water), visited residents of Conestoga View for tea; and helped to run the family activities at last year’s Homecoming.

Isis has a passion for animals, and notes that she and her boyfriend, a student at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, live with best friend/dog, Lucy. In her free time, Isis enjoys reading, baking and being an active member of SNAP.

Faculty Spotlight

Susan McDonald, MSN, RN, CCRN

Associate of  Science in Nursing Program

Education is at the heart of Susan McDonald’s professional experience – whether connecting with the fourth semester ASN students she teaches at PA College, or in her own continuing studies in our Doctorate in Nursing Practice program. Collaboration is key and has also informed her ongoing work in Haiti; first as a care giver, and more recently as an educator. She credits her PA College colleagues Joe Nichols and Dan Plumby among others for helping her to problem solve and make use of limited resources in Haiti, as well as to obtain new knowledge and training capabilities to apply to her work.  Others in the PA College community have also offered personal supplies and donations along the way.

Last March and July, while working in a small Haitian hospital, Susan was able to help the staff to train and implement the use of four IV Hospira pumps and develop criteria for which patients would be first candidates for the pumps; implement a new triage system in the Emergency Department; train staff at the hospital and students at their associated university in BLS, ACLS, and PALS; and put together their first code cart and practice the function of a newly developed code team in their hospital. She will be going to Haiti again this March and July to continue evaluating and supporting programs they implemented, and to continue staff training.

Importantly, Susan has seen first-hand the power of education and the degree to which collaboration (“It takes a village”) can effect powerful outcomes – life experiences that inform her role at PA College and beyond. She received a meaningful message of empowerment from a nurse she worked with in Haiti last year, just days after she left. Susan share what her colleague wrote, having just learned the resuscitation skills she describes; excerpted here: I thought you would be happy to know that your hard work paid [off]. Yesterday, while our shift was close to the end, an adorable [newborn] baby had a cardiac respiratory arrest; her lips, face, hands and feet were completely blue but she came back to life after resuscitation…. It was a wonderful feeling. I was so happy and proud to be part of the team who got that job done!”

When not teaching or studying for her Doctoral degree, Susan enjoys reading, spending time with family, going to the movies and gathering with neighbors and friends. She and her husband, an attorney in York, have an 18-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son.


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!