Compassion, interaction key to top UHV School of Nursing graduates
IF YOU GOWHAT: UHV Fall Commencement Ceremony
WHEN: 11 a.m. Dec. 11
WHERE: Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy
A desire to help others, as well as job security in a growing field, led the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing's top fall graduates to return to school and get their degrees.
Jordan Lambert, of Houston, is the top undergraduate, and Deidra Teoh is the outstanding graduate student in the School of Nursing. Both will graduate on Dec. 11 in Katy.
"I love everything about nursing," Lambert said. "My focus is pediatric-intensive care nursing, and I have been so fortunate to have an internship during the past eight weeks at the Texas Children's Hospital. I'm thankful to be able to make little differences in the lives of children with acute and chronic illnesses and to provide comfort to their families."
Lambert will get his Bachelor of Science in nursing degree through a program for students who already hold one undergraduate degree in a different field.
Lambert was concerned about returning to school after almost a decade away, but found himself a much better student at age 27 than at age 18. School, work and being a new husband provided a test of his time management, but he weathered the challenge through diligence and dedication.
Teoh, 30, made a career change while balancing a job, three children and her studies. The Richmond resident is the top graduate student and will receive a Master of Science in nursing with a nurse education concentration.
After receiving an associate degree and going to work in the computer industry, a layoff forced her to re-evaluate her career choices.
"I really wanted to have interaction with other people, which is not always the case with a computer job. I also wanted to be in an industry where the possibility of layoffs is lower," said Teoh, citing the booming growth in the health care industry.
Teoh received a bachelor's degree in nursing and has worked at the MD Anderson Cancer Center while raising three children with her husband, an electrical designer who works in the petrochemical industry in Houston.