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.

“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.

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.

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.

SURPRISE!!!

March 31, 2012 Jo Cerrudo 4

Expect the unexpected. Brace yourself for a day of wonderment and what-the-hecks… of jaw-dropping and head-scratching incidents that defy explanations. You think you’ve seen it all? Huh, Welcome to our Emergency Department.

MY FAVORITE THINGS

April 8, 2011 Jo Cerrudo 4

5/6/2013 Reposting: The stories may be different for other fields; you may have different favorite things. The fact remains: Nursing is an awesome profession. HAPPY NURSES WEEK!!!!

Nurses always have a euphoric response to bulging veins, the ones which bulge before you even apply a tourniquet. No 22-gauge angiocathethers, no need for a vein probe, no need to call our vein expert. Just that quick pop, a gentle slide into a vein and Yes, you’re home.

Alone On New Year’s Eve

December 26, 2010 Jo Cerrudo 3

Jenny was supposed to spend this New Year’s Eve with someone special. She thought that Reese would break through the defenses she had put up, but just last week, she finally conceded that their relationship was not meant to be.

Jenny, once again, was alone on New Year’s Eve.

Caring for Mr. G (Frequent Flier)

October 23, 2010 Jo Cerrudo 2

It was a beautiful gesture, something that reaffirmed my faith that, whatever reasons that have made us choose nursing as a profession, the one true thing is that we do care.

Pedro and his Mets cap (When the Boy’s Heart Stopped)

October 13, 2010 Jo Cerrudo 12

“This is EMS. You’re getting a 9-year old boy in traumatic arrest after a direct blow to the chest with a baseball. He’s intubated; we’ll be there in 2 minutes. ” My hands shook when I replaced the EMS notification phone.

The baseball stunned our patient’s heart, and it was being squeezed to life by the frantic efforts of the paramedics. A nightmare coming to our doorsteps.

LIFE, DEATH,AND RENEWAL

September 28, 2010 Jo Cerrudo 4

We stood at the bedside and shared each other’s anger. The thought of the carnage this man left behind made me recoil in disgust. I felt a need to cry; bile rose up in my throat. Even in repose, this man’s face looked so evil, almost satanic. Despite all the repulsion I felt, I had no choice; I had to take care of this patient. My training and my ethical responsibility will ensure that I give this patient the best of care, no matter what.

Letting Go

August 18, 2010 Jo Cerrudo 25

I became a nurse and came face to face with the harsh realities of death. Suddenly, the finality of it forced me to see us as the mortals we are. I dealt with my patients’ dying by maintaining a “qué será será” attitude. It didn’t mean losing my humanity; it didn’t mean that I cared less for my patients. It just meant survival for me in a profession that sees a lot of suffering and death.