When Nurses Cry

April 25, 2017 Jo Cerrudo 2

The viral picture of a doctor grieving after a patient died resonated with me. It has struck a chord in every other person who works in the medical field. A poignant image that happens all the time, it is replicated in the privacy of the staff lounges, in the restrooms, in the offices, anywhere nurses and doctors are able to escape for a few moments to grieve.

I have cried many times in my nursing career. After I cried, I went back to work. Such is the life of those who work in the medical field. There is always someone who needs our help, someone who needs his Dilaudid. But there are also times when I cried for joy.

I am a Nurse

May 8, 2014 Jo Cerrudo 1

  I am a Nurse. Whether I spend most of the time at the bedside or in front of students, I am still a nurse. […]

“You Must Be Kidding”

January 18, 2014 Jo Cerrudo 0

“You must be kidding!!!!“

The ER is a very funny place. There are things here that defy explanations and stories that are just too crazy to be true. But if it happened in the ER, it must be true. We don’t make these things up.

Happiness… to an ER Nurse

September 7, 2013 Jo Cerrudo 0

An ER nurse is a special breed. The ridiculous complaints at triage make one appreciate the small things that make life in the ER not just tolerable but have actually induced a chuckle or two. Tongue-in-cheek humor; anything to brighten the day and to lighten the load.

The Twins

July 29, 2013 Jo Cerrudo 0

The twins would have been 25 today.
July 30, 1988. It was a day that began with hope and ended in despair. Everyday thereafter is a struggle to bury the memories of the pains, the heartaches. Twenty-five years ago, it felt that the world had stopped and nothing else mattered, she wondered, “What is the point of it all? “.

Colorful World of Patients

June 1, 2013 Jo Cerrudo 0

It is a colorful patient world out there. Maybe it is man’s attempt to provide some levity in an otherwise depressing state of being a patient. Who says Nursing is not a colorful profession?

Not Just a “Room Nurse”

March 5, 2013 Jo Cerrudo 3

It is not just a case of ignorance; it is a prime example of how clueless some people are about the work of nurses. It is also a blatant disregard of how the Filipino nurses had helped save a nation, and gained the respect of other nations with their compassion, intelligence, and competence.
We are much more than a “room nurse”, Mrs. Villar. We make a difference in other peoples’ lives.

Nurse of the Future, 2025

February 19, 2013 Jo Cerrudo 3

September 2025-
It’s time to say goodbye to her ‘virtual’ nursing cap. Dr. Jade Marciano is ready to hang up her stethoscope, finally. After all, she had been working as a nurse for 42 years now.Dr. Jade chuckled at the thought of one clueless senatorial candidate who had tried to belittle the nurses in her native country by implying that the student nurses could get by with limited education. Her concept of “room nurses” had angered the Filipino nurses, and she eventually lost the election in 2013. Now, in 2025, the transformed nursing workforce had fulfilled its promise to take a much-deserved equal acknowledgement from the public. Somehow, the world had embraced the new and expanded roles of the nurse. An empowered nurse.

Nursing Heroes

February 13, 2013 Jo Cerrudo 5

When disaster strikes, heroes emerge. Nurses do great things every day. MENCHU DELUNA SANCHEZ, a Filipino registered nurse in NYU-Langone, organized a group of medical professionals to carry 20 critical babies down nine flights of stairs, with illuminations from cellphones to guide their way.

As part of their daily lives, they care for their patients under-paid and under-staffed. But in extreme circumstances, a few nurses shine more than others. It is so heartwarming that the nurses are finally getting their spotlight.

SENSELESS

December 14, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 0

Twenty innocent children, along with six adults, killed by gunfire in Newtown, Connecticut.
It is a senseless tragedy that defies any explanation or understanding. And because this time, the kids fell victim to one man’s insanity, the nation shares in the heartbreak.
The healing will be a difficult and lonely road.

Funny Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 1

On this Thanksgiving Day, especially after Hurricane Sandy, there seems to be a need to give thanks for the simple things in life. For family and friends. For our health and safety. For everything else that God provides.

For those things that make us smile. And laugh out loud.

Only in the ER

September 4, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 5

Nursing in America is a delightful journey into independence and self-fulfillment. As a young nurse living thousands of miles away from family, life was filled with challenges to both my personal and professional lives. Like countless other Filipino nurses working abroad, I have carved my own little niche in my chosen profession.

STRONGER- When nurses become victims…

July 31, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 1

Her face bore the bruises that could not be hidden any much longer. The abuse had escalated.

A few months ago, her discolored arms were concealed underneath the long-sleeved tops; her face a picture of contentment and happiness. With beautiful twin daughters and a hunky young son, a thriving career, and a successful, seemingly loving husband, she was the antithesis of a battered woman.

LEIGH’S SYNDROME: A Day in the Pediatric ED

July 8, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 3

It was an EMS notification of a 2 year old in cardiac arrest that stopped us in our tracks. The Pediatric ED was unusually quiet that morning when the EMS call came. Our hearts did a collective thump when we got the call.