I am Penn State Health: Jill Arnold
Although she calls herself an introvert, Jill Arnold isn’t shy when she talks about why she loves working at Penn State Health. As a graduate of Penn State and currently working on her doctorate of nursing practice there, as well as a 20-year veteran of Penn State Health, Arnold is passionate about the quality of care available right here, where she grew up.
The director of inpatient Women and Children’s services, nursing education and professional development at Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center shares why she loves her new job and why she’s sure any nurse will find our West Shore hospitals a great place to work.
What got you interested in nursing?
My aunt was a nurse, and I spent a lot of time with her when I was growing up in Mechanicsburg. I also love science and math, and nursing is a field where you can use knowledge from other specialties, such as nutrition, psychology, sociology, art… and the list goes on!
What makes you most excited about your new role at Hampden Medical Center?
I’ve spent 20 years talking about how amazing it is to be a Penn State Health nurse and how great the care is here. Now my local community, my friends and family, can experience that care in their backyard – and if highly specialized care is needed, Hershey is just up the road.
What’s the biggest challenge you face on the job?
Recruiting our team has been a challenge because we aren’t caring for patients yet at Hampden. The medical center opens to patients this fall, but new employees will start on July 1 to help it get ready. Our candidates are coming because they trust the Penn State Health mission, and they believe in the leadership team of Hampden. We’re looking for nurses in acute and critical care, surgical services, the Emergency Department and more.
Why is Penn State Health a great place for nurses, or anyone, to work?
We have so many different opportunities. If you have a passion for something, you can do it somewhere at Penn State Health. Now that we’re growing, we have options everywhere!
What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
My husband and I have four children who keep us very busy. We’re usually at a sports or musical event, and we also enjoy sitting around a campfire, playing games or just being silly.
What’s the top item on your bucket list of things to do?
I love to bake, so someday I’d love to have some formal training in the pastry arts.
What makes you most proud about working here?
I’m proud that something new and inspiring is always happening in our health system. I was emotional the first time I heard that Hershey Medical Center was awarded Magnet recognition for nursing. I was emotional when the first baby rolled into the new NICU, and I was emotional the first time I walked onto the campus of Hampden Medical Center. I’m proud that we never settle.
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