Trecya Jordan (A.A. ’16) did not want an ordinary life, where she would go to a run-of-the-mill job, put in in the hours, and collect a paycheck. Buoyed by a lifelong passion for medicine, Jordan enrolled in HCC’s nursing program,
“Getting my nursing degree at HCC changed my life in a major way. I now have a lifelong career and a job that I want to go to every day. Some people have jobs where they wake up and dread going to work. I am very lucky,” says Jordan.
Jordan, who grew up in Howard County, recalls the easy process for her to apply to HCC. “I just had to complete all the prerequisites, and there was no waiting list. HCC made it very easy to apply,” she says.
After graduating with a nursing degree, she landed a job at Howard County General Hospital, where she has worked for four years. Her first nursing position was in cardiac telemetry, followed by stints in the open heart intensive care unit and now her current position in the cardiac catheter lab.
“Along the way I discovered that I love cardiology, which I did not expect. The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, and I find the heart fascinating. I’m always looking for ways to learn more about it,” Jordan says enthusiastically. Jordan says that, due to her recent knee surgery, the cath lab is a better fit for her physically as it’s less labor intensive than the ICU. She also recently returned to HCC and enrolled in an organic chemistry course. “Organic chemistry is a prerequisite course for nursing anesthesiology, which I am considering pursuing,” she says.
Whatever path Jordan takes, she will always enjoy being a nurse. “I am very passionate about nursing. I especially love connecting with patients. As a nurse, if someone is sick, you are not just there to administer medication. I lend a listening ear and I am empathetic to what they are going through. I truly believe doing that makes a difference,” she says.
Wherever you want to go, you can get there from here.