WHO IS JORDIN RICE?
I currently live in Houston Texas and work in the Texas Medical Center. I work as a clinical trial coordinator nurse in the lung center initiating new research studying new trial drugs and working with patients directly in studies over long periods of time.
The studies I am working on are for pulmonary hypertension and fibrosis, which are very rare and often have no warning signs. The center works to diagnose, treat, and help patients who struggle with chronic lung disease and improve their quality of life. I get to follow patients often for several months checking in with them and seeing how new drug therapies or diagnostic tools affect their life and if the drugs improve symptoms.
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?
I am the first in my family to go into medicine! The whole process was so confusing yet completely worth it.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A NURSE, BEING THE FIRST IN YOUR FAMILY TO GO INTO MEDICINE?
I was inspired to be a nurse because when I was a kid they always seemed like these superheroes. I loved hospitals because they made me feel safe because of how smart and driven everyone was. I wanted to be that kind of person! When I saw someone wearing scrubs I instantly thought they were the coolest person. I was an EMT when I was 18 and worked with patients in an ambulance and transported them to hospitals. I met the nurses at the hospital, and they were so calm and collected. I realized in college nurses have such a good understanding of patients that they are needed in so many more avenues of care, including research!
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACED IN 2020, AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?
My biggest challenge this year has been getting to the root of what drives me and how to better love myself. When covid hit I felt a lot of my motivation to learn really slowed. I was not taking care of myself or asking for help from others when I needed it. This year, I came out as gay to a lot of my friends and family when I realized to be truly loved and vulnerable, you MUST be yourself. When I started acknowledging that in myself and caring for myself, that passion for growth really exploded again. It pushed me to listen to my instinct and go into research, it made me more vulnerable for relationships, and it helped me love and accept myself more so than I ever have. 2020 in one word would probably be transformative – both in good and bad ways.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER – WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TREAT?
Gingerbread. Especially in house form.