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Adult, Veteran Student Finding New Groove in Nursing

Jordan Moore, an adult nursing student at Otterbein University, enlisted in the Army Reserves while still in high school and has been serving his country ever since. He was on active duty from 2006 to 2012, completing two combat tours to Iraq and one operational deployment to Turkey. He plans to continue serving his country and others through his chosen career – nursing.

“In the military, I was a military police officer. I loved serving with the leaders and soldiers on a day-to-day basis, but I learned quickly that law enforcement wasn’t what I was passionate about," he said. "I chose nursing for a few reasons: one is job security, not bad pay for the amount of education; and, it’s a field of continuous learning. But the biggest reason is that I enjoy helping people."

After deciding to attend college, he enrolled in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) because of the opportunity to have his education paid for by the Army. When students graduate, they become commissioned officers. In 2012, Jordan was awarded the Division Commanders Green to Gold scholarship, one of only three awarded to soldiers in the European theater.

“I was actually deployed in Turkey when I was applying for my scholarship, and I first needed to be accepted to a school. Otterbein was the only school who went out of its way to help me in my scholarship process,” he said.

Jordan says the scholarship has had a big impact on his life. “It has given me the opportunity to further my military career, be closer to and spend more time with family, as well as challenge myself academically.”

He acknowledges there have been challenges. He recalls getting used to how everything was computerized. Then there was the age gap.

“In the nursing program I am about eight years older than most of the students, and Blackboard was never a thing when I was in high school. For our first paper, I was the only one who printed it out and tried to turn it in. My first professor was very good about helping out with that. But now that I have gotten into a groove, I’m really enjoying my experience here at Otterbein.”

For the future, he doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. His mother, Simona Moore, obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Otterbein and has her own practice where Jordan is employed.

“In five years I hope to be enrolled in a master’s program. I would like to become a family nurse practitioner and work in my hometown of Mt. Vernon, Ohio,” he said. “In nursing it’s not always about handing out meds, and moving on to the next patient. Sometimes the fix is as easy as just talking to someone. It’s a field in which I can see myself always being challenged and finding ways to become a better nurse and person.”