Klayder Nursing Scholar Looks Forward to Working in ICU

It’s a big week for Columbus Technical College senior Jordan Joiner. Not only will he be graduating with an associate degree in nursing on Thursday, but he will also be starting his new life with an extra $500 in his bank account. That’s because Joiner was named the winner of the Paul A. Klayder, Jr. and Annie Velma Urquhart Klayder Scholarship for nursing students.

In his application, Joiner wrote about his career goals of working in the intensive care unit while continuing his postsecondary education, eventually earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

CTC nursing student Jordan Joiner shows off his certificate naming him the winner of the Klayder scholarship. Also pictured is Columbus Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement, Gloria Dodds.

“Having served my preceptorship in the St. Francis Hospital Intensive Care unit and experienced firsthand the enormous challenge and satisfaction of caring for critically ill patients and seeing what a tremendous difference a well-qualified, experienced nurse can make, I feel I have found my purpose in life,” he wrote. “There is no joy like that of moving a patient out of the unit and being able to tell them that they are on their way to their next step toward home and their loved ones.” 

The $500 Klayder scholarship is provided through an endowment fund transferred to the Columbus Technical College Foundation from the Doctors Hospital Auxiliary.