People of PA College: July 2018 Edition
People of PA College: July 2018 Edition
We’re proud of the ambitions and accomplishments of our students and alumni – learn some of their stories in our monthly feature:
Linda McDonald ’19
Bachelor of Healthcare Administration
When Linda McDonald began the Healthcare Administration program at PA College in 2015, she had not been a student for over 40 years. Motivated by the offer of tuition reimbursement from her employer, Lancaster General Health, Linda nevertheless knew she was taking on a real challenge, and struggled at first to adjust to twenty-first century higher education norms. She explains: “The new teaching style is commendable, but it was quite an adjustment. I wish acronyms for memorization style was taught along with the ability to use calculators and computers when I was in first in school. The importance of college degrees for females was not emphasized and my parents never even discussed college with me. I was lucky enough to get promotions based on my experience rather than a degree, but you cannot even get your foot in the door these days without a degree. I strongly encourage the youth to stay in school. Take it from someone who did not realize the value of a degree until later in life.”
Linda has worked in the medical field for 35 years; the past 12 years have been with Lancaster General Health, where she works full time as a Research Administration Specialist in the Research Institute. In this role, Linda manages research finance and billing activities and assists with research study start-up and study closure. At present, the Institute is conducting approximately 42 clinical trials for a variety of departments which include cardiology, vascular, renal, trauma, and bariatrics. In the future, Linda hopes to contribute to the research department at a management level, and shares: “What interests me most about research is the expediential growth in technology. It is amazing to witness and be a part of the most advanced research trials.”
A Chicago native, Linda has lived in Lancaster since 1983. When not busy in class or at work, Linda enjoys crocheting (although not lately due to her busy schedule) and jogging. She successfully completed two marathons in her 40’s and would like to begin training for a half marathon after graduation next year. She is married with 4 adult children, 2 grandchildren, a Pomeranian named Jaxson and a Maine Coon named Farrah. Linda is proud that she is on track to complete her degree in 4 ½ years, while also working full-time and volunteering. She adds: “I knew it would be a long and arduous process starting out with 0 credits, but I surprisingly hung in there and marched through it. If a person my age, 60, can do it, you can too, but you must never give up!”
Amanda Shinsky ’17 ’10
Radiology Technologist, Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Amanda Shinsky is a two-time alumna and busy working mom, giving birth to her second child just a few weeks ago. After earning her Associate’s degree in Radiography from PA College (then the Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences) in 2010, she began her career at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, working as an entry-level Radiology Technologist. While enrolled in our Bachelor’s degree program in Health Sciences (which she completed in 2017), Amanda leveraged her advanced learning to become a Tier 2 technologist. Today she is the primary Tier 2 technologist in the Emergency Department, a level one trauma center. In addition to performing x-rays in this fast-paced environment, Amanda also works with management to track patient safety events for the radiology department. “Look back at my career, I am most proud of completing the BSHS program at PA College while working full-time and being a mother,” shares Amanda.
Amanda has been married to her husband, John for 6 years. They had their first child, Spencer in 2016, and welcomed his little sister Paige in June 2018. A black lab named Raven rounds out their busy household in Mount Joy, PA. When not working, Amanda enjoys spending time with family, as well as biking, running and taking part in adventure races. She also enjoys playing recreational field hockey and recently started playing again after 10 years away from the sport.
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!