People of PA College: November 2017 Edition

by Karen Jenkins November 6, 2017

People of PA College: November 2017 Edition

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 November’s stories!

Student Spotlight

Allyson O’Neal ’19

Respiratory Care

“When I walked into PA College it immediately felt like home,” shares Allyson O’Neal ’19, a student in our Respiratory Care program. She feels strongly that choosing a college is a vital part of establishing a successful future career and that students should be as picky as necessary to make sure that they find the right fit. Allyson has a passion for working with children and hopes to one day specialize in pediatrics. She enjoys the energy of a high-paced environment and looks forward to working in a hospital setting.

Allyson already holds an Associate’s degree in Theology and is a published Christian author who travels locally for public speaking engagements. She is also a retired U.S. Army Veteran. A service-related injury prevented Allyson from pursuing the Army as a career, but she feels that God put her right where she needed to be, in pursuing a health care vocation. She adds: “I have a passion for serving others and seeing others achieve optimal health.”

Allyson and her husband Brian are parents to a one-year-old son, Owen. The family are huge Philadelphia Eagles fans and enjoy watching games together. They also enjoy outdoor activities and take frequent walks on the Conewago trail. They value community service and are active in their church. Allyson and her husband serve in leadership with the youth ministries and mentor high school students into discipleship.


Alumni Spotlight

Bob Hostetter, RN ’03, BSN ’12

Oncology Certified Nurse

Bob Hostetter graduated with the final Nursing diploma class of the former Lancaster Institute for Health Education (now PA College) in 2003. He later enrolled in our RN to BSN program, earning his degree in 2012. Bob notes: “The highlight of both programs was graduation! Another highlight was building relationships with the amazing faculty and fellow students.”

In 2004, Bob began his nursing career on the oncology unit of Lancaster General Hospital and feels fortunate to have found his professional niche in this area, where he has worked ever since. Bob became certified for chemotherapy administration later in 2004 and earned his oncology certification in 2008, maintaining both credentials in the years since. During his evening shifts, Bob serves as both nurse facilitator and bedside nurse, providing care for oncology, medical surgical and post-surgical patients and administering chemotherapy to cancer patients. He also chairs a committee focused on combating compassion fatigue and burnout. For about ten years, Bob has co-facilitated a support group for people with blood cancer.

“The thing I value most about my nursing career is the many people I have been able to help in their struggle with cancer,” shares Bob. “I have also been positively impacted by the many patients who have shown tremendous strength in very difficult circumstances. I am humbled by the strength and courage they demonstrate.”

When not working, Bob enjoys gardening, singing with a music group at his church, playing the piano and reading. He and his wife Sally live in Millersville with their standard Poodle Jude and three parrots.



Seeking “People of PA College”

Current students, alumni, faculty & staff – we want to tell your stories. Do you know an exception student, alumnus or faculty/staff member 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!