In 1992, Lynda was a new staff nurse in the intensive care unit of a small, Lancaster, PA community hospital. That year, she suffered an accidental needlestick injury that transmitted the HIV virus.
In 1996, she created and directed the National Campaign for Healthcare Worker Safety and was a frequent guest lecturer at schools, businesses, colleges, conferences, and panels on HIV and healthcare worker safety. The campaign has since merged with the Frontline Healthcare Worker Safety Foundation (Atlanta, GA).
Currently, Lynda is regional business manager for New Medical Technology, Inc. a Scottish company that aims to provide a solution to needlestick injuries.
Joined by her husband Tony, Lynda has created a video documentary on bloodborne pathogen exposure for healthcare workers and published two children's books, My Mommy Has AIDS and Angels of Love: A Special Story About Adoption.
Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Lynda attended nursing school at Catholic University in Washington, DC and completed her BSN at York College of PA.
Lynda and Tony Arnold currently reside in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and share their home with their three children David, Ashley, and Michael. To date, Lynda hasn't progressed to full-blown AIDS. She considers herself to be one of the luckiest people she knows and thanks her children, friends, family, husband and God for continuing to bring her life's daily blessings of hope, health, and happiness.
You can reach Lynda at firstname.lastname@example.org