Working for his people
At his commissioning ceremony in Atwood Memorial Center, Paul Jordan received his first salute from Petty Officer First Class Scott Van Velsor (left) and his shoulder boards from Lieutenant Commander Dan Sikkink (right).
Ensign Paul Jordan, R.N., has returned to active duty.
Jordan ’07 is stationed in Virginia at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, the major military medical facility serving active duty Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard, their families and retired personnel.
Armed with his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Nursing Science, his Minnesota nursing license and an officer’s commission, Jordan will do a year of general nursing. Then he plans to specialize in mental health nursing, working with personnel returned from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and those preparing to ship out.
“Those people are my people,” said Jordan, a native of Dallas, Ga. “I can help them deal with some of the stresses.”
Jordan served 10 years in the Navy as a nuclear propulsion specialist, and then resigned to finish a bachelor’s degree in applied science technology at a college in New Jersey. He was recalled to active duty in the wake of the 911 attacks. After 21 months as a security supervisor at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Jordan came to Minnesota to be closer to his teenage son and to pursue a career in health care, a field that fits his personality.
“I consider myself a people person,” Jordan said. “You can really interact with people in nursing.”
A senior clinical in the polytrauma unit at Veteran’s Medical Center, Minneapolis, gave Jordan insight into the need for mental health nurses, as well as experience helping people with traumatic brain injuries.