Nursing in his blood
You might say Ryan Gibbons has nursing in his blood.
“I come from a long line of nurses. My great grandmother was a nurse, my grandmother was a nurse and two of my aunts are nurses,” said Gibbons.
At first, Gibbons studied architecture in college, but soon realized his passion was elsewhere. He eventually enrolled in LSC-Tomball where he earned an associate of applied science degree in nursing.
“I was nervous because I had not been in school for a while,” said Gibbons. “I thought I was a little older, but when you walk-in and see the people who attend Lone Star College, you see it’s a diverse crowd and that put me to ease right away.”
More than a third of all students who attend LSC are age 25 and older – students find the flexible schedules offered at LSC are convenient for balancing school, work and other obligations.
Community colleges like LSC also train 63 percent of health care workers like Gibbons, along with 84 percent of area first responders like police officers and EMS technicians.
Attending LSC helps students save thousands of dollars per semester and stay close to home without sacrificing a quality education.
“That was something that really appealed to me,” said Gibbons.
“Training at LSC-Tomball was intense and a lot of hard work,” said Gibbons, who is a nurse in post-operative cardiology at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center. “At first I wondered why did they make this so hard, but as soon as I got a job I understood it was to make sure I was prepared.”
Choosing a career in health care gives students a wide range of options. From health information technology, medical radiologic technology, nursing and phlebotomy, you’re sure to find something to fit your talents through the programs offered at LSC.
Gibbons went on from LSC-Tomball to earn a bachelor’s degree and is now planning to get his master’s.
“If someone asked me about becoming a health professional, I would tell them to do it,” said Gibbons.
“They will find something they will like. It’s a big career and people will always need others to help them.”
Visit LoneStar.edu/cluster-health-science to discover the many opportunities in the world of health care.