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PA COLLEGE / TEACHING & LEARNING
After earning a nursing assistant certification, Bruneau
applied for a position in pulmonology where she cared
mostly for COVID-19 patients before moving to
Pennsylvania. " My career experience during the pandemic
solidified the fact that I thrive when given challenging,
hands-on work, " she says.
" I'm an adventurous person, so I decided to move to
Lancaster and earn my nursing degree. I love living in
Lancaster, and attending the college has been a tremendous
blessing in my life, " she says.
Coincidentally, her sister recently graduated from an ASN
program in New Hampshire. " We're both adventurous
types who don't mind living in a new, unfamiliar place.
After spending numerous summers in rural Alaska we
became highly adaptable women, " Bruneau says.
Zachary Minneci '23
Zach Minneci '23 is swapping the stage for a career in
health care. " I want to make a difference in the world
and help people, " he says of his decision to leave the
entertainment industry and enroll in PA College's Associate
Degree of Nursing program.
An Elizabethtown, PA, native, Minneci fell in love with
theater in middle school. After high school, he set his sights
on New York City to pursue musical theater by studying
at the American Theater and Dramatic Academy. His
journey led him to the academy's Los Angeles
" Our last semester we were able to
start auditioning for roles. About five
weeks into that semester I got the call
from Disney Cruise Line that I was
accepted as a cast member for their
theater shows, " Minneci explains.
He worked for Disney Cruise Line
for over eight years as a mainstage
performer - singer, dancer and actor.
He also was an understudy for all
the male roles in the shows and a dance
captain. Minneci says as dance captain he
was responsible for maintaining the quality of the
shows, and he also helped teach some of the material. It
was in that role that Minneci found his passion for helping
In March 2020 he was in Toronto rehearsing for a show
when he was sent home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
" It was a blessing in disguise. On the ship, you're in a bubble
and you don't really have contact with family, " he explains, " I
came back to Elizabethtown and had a chance to slow down.
I reconnected with my family and had a chance to figure out
what I wanted to do next. "
His younger sister is an ICU nurse. " I want to make a
difference in the world, and after speaking with my
sister about nursing, I decided to pursue a career
in nursing. With the current demand for
nurses, I decided it's the right time to make
the transition, " Minneci says.
He began his studies in January and says
nursing is definitely a good fit for him.
" I'm excited to explore various specialty
areas. I'm leaning toward the orthopedics
field. I had an injury that was treated by
an orthopedist, and I'd like to help people
the way that I was helped. But I'm keeping
my options open, " Minneci says.
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