Jamie Hornbeck

Nursing graduate receives award for excellence

College of the Mainland graduate Jamie Hornbeck sees new challenges—and new life—every day. As a labor and delivery nurse, she recently received the Daisy Award for her work as a nurse at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.

“It’s nice to get recognized for the little things,” Hornbeck said.

After a patient wrote her a two-page letter thanking her for her care, she was nominated for and received the award. Its inscription reads, “You’re extraordinary.”

For Hornbeck, it’s a dream job.

“They’re having this miracle being born. It’s a really rewarding job,” the 23-year-old said.

She discovered her passion as a COM student while completing clinicals at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.

“As I did rotations, I fell in love with the nursing field,” she said. “I had a really great experience.”

Hornbeck, originally from Santa Fe, came to COM for the small classes and close-knit environment. Though the program challenged her, she enjoyed the one-on-one help from her instructors.

“I was the youngest in my class. It’s not impossible,” she said.

Her instructor for the labor and delivery class, JaMargaret Lowery, remembers her.

“She was an excellent student. She’s very personable and did well in clinicals,” Lowery said.

Hornbeck began her job two months after graduating with her associate degree and one month after passing the boards.

“I feel blessed. It’s absolutely a great hospital,” Hornbeck said.

Coming full circle, she is currently taking an online government class at COM in preparation for transferring to University of Texas Medical Branch to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her ultimate goal is to earn a master’s degree and be a nurse practitioner.

“This is definitely what I was meant to do,” said Hornbeck.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at COM is now registering. For more information, visit www.com.edu/nursing or call 409-933-8245.

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