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Jessica Dondlinger – Spring 2022 Sonography Student Scholarship Recipient

Spring 2022 Sonography Student Scholarship recipient is Jessica Dondlinger. Jessica will be attending Washburn University’s DMS program.

We invited diagnostic medical sonography students from across the country to share with us their individual insights on the question, “As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, how will you make a difference in the lives of your patients?“.  Here is Jessica’s winning essay.

Jessica DondlingerI want to pursue diagnostic medical sonography as a profession because I have a passion to care for and help others. From a young age, I was naturally drawn to assisting the needs of others before myself. As a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, I will help make a difference in my patients lives by putting there needs before my own. I love to perform hands on work and have found a true love for direct patient care through my work experience as a physical therapy aid in a women’s health clinic, as well as working as a personal trainer in a gym. From these work experiences, I was given the opportunity to work one on one with patients and clients, assisting them to feel comfortable, and remain positive with whatever their given circumstance may entail.

Specifically, while working as a physical therapy aid, I grew to love performing therapeutic ultrasound. Therapeutic ultrasound provided me with the opportunity to assist in direct patient care; helping individuals feel comfortable and well taken care of in the clinic. In addition, it gave me the opportunity to bring the patients a bit of joy and happiness in the midst of a potentially difficult situation. After this experience, I could not think of another field I would want to pursue as my profession other than diagnostic medical sonography.

I see myself as a hard worker, dedicated to both my duties as well as the feelings of those around me. I have always believed it is important to give my very best in what I like to call “the controllables” or things that are in my control. These “controllables” are my attitude and my effort. Sometimes unfortunate situations can arise that are completely out of our control, but how we choose to respond to these situations are always in our control. With this, I strive to always put forth my best attitude and effort in all I do! I possess skills such as proper bedside manner, good communication, compassion, therapeutic ultrasound, and patient draping which will help me to exceed in a clinical setting. By giving my best attitude and effort day in and day out, I will create a positive environment and experience for the patients I work with.

I am responsible and professional, yet kind and compassionate, to both patients as well as my co-workers in the workplace. Specifically in a clinical setting, I find great importance in being both compassionate and responsible. I understand that individuals come from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and experiences and thus should be approached with compassion, empathy, love, and understanding. As many patients are nervous or uncomfortable in a clinical setting, I find it is my duty and responsibility to help them feel comfortable and taken care of and provide them with the best experience possible. As the patient is being cared for I believe in performing proper bedside manner and remaining professional is imperative to not cross any moral or professional standards.

It is my professional goal to work with pregnant women in a hospital setting; performing diagnostic medical sonography to ensure the health and wellbeing of both mothers and their fetus. I would like to positively contribute to a patients’ pregnancy experience and help them feel comfortable during the many appointments required throughout a patient’s pregnancy.

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Sonography Scholarship Selection Committee Volunteers

A special thank you to the spring 2022 Sonography Scholarship Selection Committee Volunteers.  Please join us in thanking these wonderful volunteers for their contributions to the sonography community!

Sonography Student Scholarship
The Ultrasound Schools Info student scholarship is a national, semi-annual, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship awarded to an aspiring sonographer currently enrolled in a CAAHEP accredited diagnostic medical sonography program, or a high school student who has been accepted to a program.

About Ultrasound Schools Info
Ultrasound Schools Info is a leading resource for those researching a career in diagnostic medical sonography (DMS). We provide an entry point for potential students to research and connect with accredited ultrasound technician programs.

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