People of PA College: June 2018 Edition

by Karen Jenkins June 14, 2018

People of PA College: June 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

Abigail Hollingsworth ’19

Respiratory Care

Abigail Hollingsworth is no healthcare novice. While enrolled in our Respiratory Care program, she also works full time in Emergency Medical Services and is an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician in the Delaware Air National Guard. In the latter role, Abigail flies in a crew of two nurses and three technicians to provide medical care to military members, beneficiaries, and military contractors during transport to a higher echelon of care. As she notes, “We are basically a flying ambulance with a bit more equipment.” Since airway management is an important piece of her current job, and Abigail has had an interest in learning more about the respiratory system since EMT school, she chose to further her education in this area. Abigail notes that the training she’s received in the Air Force had greatly helped her with her studies at PA College because it has given her a broad overview of medical topics, including venous sticks, medication administration, catheters, chest tubes, IOs, psychiatric management, pain management, and the effects of altitude on critically ill patients.

Balancing school, working full-time and her military service is challenging at times, but Abigail points to her supportive peers and instructors as part of her success. She shares: “I am fortunate to have such a great group of classmates to study with. One question usually leads to a group discussion and we all benefit from it. There have already been times where I had to miss classes for up to a week or more due to the Air Force. My instructors were very understanding and helpful with keeping me on track while I was away by opening assignments early for me to start before leaving town, and by making themselves available if I had any questions while I was completing assignments from another state. As far as working full time, I am not the only one. It takes time management and dedication. I do my best to absorb everything I can and ask questions during lecture so the material comes a little easier when I go back to study.”

 While the opportunities may be rare these days, Abigail does strive to find some time to do things she enjoys and de-stress, in particular outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, going to the beach and riding her horse. She adds: “You can’t take care of someone else (i.e. your patients) if you don’t take care of yourself.”

Alumni Spotlight

Allison Fromm ’11

Staff Nurse, Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Allison Fromm holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned her ASN degree from PA College in 2011. The opportunity to quickly enter the clinical environment and have many hands-on experiences as a student here was a highlight for Allison and gave her a great advantage as she began her nursing career working at a rehabilitation hospital. She currently works as a staff nurse on an orthopedic, neurology and rehabilitation floor at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. She loves the challenge and variety in her role, caring for a diverse population of patients including those that are medically complex and those receiving ventilatory support. Allison has obtained her certification in both rehabilitation (CRRN) and pediatric (CPN) nursing and is also enrolled in an online BSN program through Drexel University.

Looking back over her career so far, Allison feels good about the impact she has made in the lives of her patients and their families, in ways big and small. She shares: “Some of my proudest moments are those when I was able to watch a patient and their family take the education that I and the rest of their care team have provided and become independent.  There is nothing quite like the joy and pride on their faces.  And also lots of those moments when I was able to make small gestures that really provided comfort or happiness to my patients and their families during a difficult experience.”

Allison grew up in Lancaster County and currently lives in Newark, Delaware. She enjoys coming back home for visits when she sometimes volunteers with her hometown fire company on EMS calls, fundraisers and fire prevention activities. Last year her younger sister, a recreational therapist, encouraged her to obtain her regional classifier certification with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. In April, she served on a classification panel at their national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.


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!