John Scipione, BA, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Employee Health
"Some folks may just think of football when they think of Penn State. It’s not even the first or second thing that comes to mind for me. I think of caring, commitment, how I am grateful to be a part of this community and, of course, family.”
Recently, I received a congratulatory notification of my 15th anniversary here at Hershey. Except for eight months, I have worked here every year since 1991. I came from upstate New York, following my older sister Mary Ellen May, an RN who retired after 37 years here.
I came fresh out of nursing school and have worked in numerous units starting on the 4th floor, then SICU, HVOU and now in Employee Health. I am really proud of the commitment of my co-workers. I love the atmosphere of a “community of caring” that is present. When you have worked here for a number of years, you get to know a lot of folks. Any day, I can take a walk and see friends old and new. It’s like my work neighborhood.
I now get to meet more newly hired employees. I love the younger crowd’s enthusiasm as they start their careers, each with a unique story. We are very international, too, so I decided to get a world map and mark the countries of origin for all the internationally born employees. It’s helped my geography skills, and hopefully in some small way it helps folks feel welcome.
Mostly though, this place is incredibly special to me, because I met my wife Angella here. She is a respiratory therapist and has worked here since 1992. Both of my children were born two floors up from where I am as I type this. Is there a more special moment than seeing the birth of your child, to watch them being held by their mother and then to hold them for the first time yourself? As Penn Staters, they are showing a commitment to our patients too, as both are involved in THON at University Park.