Indian Capital Technology Center has nominated an Okay High School junior for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education “Breaking Traditions” award, according to a media release.
Colby Holman is a member of the Health Careers Certification class at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee. His parents are Ryan and Rochelle Judkins of Okay.
Holman said his interest in medicine began out of a concern for his little brother, Wade, who has rheumatoid arthritis. Four years older than his brother, Holman has shared responsibility for some of the special care Wade requires.
Holman’s older sister had also taken the health career class, so he knew a little about it. When the counselors made their visits to Holman’s high school campus, he asked more questions and applied for admission.
Holman said he hopes someday to be a registered nurse with advanced degrees such as a doctorate or practitioners license. He is particularly interested in trauma nursing and possibly being a nurse on a flight crew.
Holman said he never really considered nursing to be a women’s profession because health care is needed by both sexes.
“Why wouldn’t your pursue a career in health?” he said. “You just don’t see men as nurses on TV or as role models, so maybe that does make it a little strange. When I wear my scrubs to my home school, sometimes the other guys will ask me what that’s about and I just explain what I’m doing and why.”
Holman said he tells them being a nurse is about saving lives and not about whether you are male or female.
“I think that has helped some of the younger guys to feel comfortable about thinking about going into health as well,” he said.
Holman was also elected chaplain in his local Health Occupations Students of America chapter. His role includes team building, supporting fellow classmates and coordinating efforts for students who have needs.
He attended the HOSA fall conference and said the inspirational speakers they provided were great.
This spring he will be competing in prepared speaking. The topic of his speech, “HOSA Caring for the Future,” has offered him an opportunity to explore further the role of men in health care in the future, he said.