When growing up as a kid, we always imagine superheroes in life to be like Superman or Wonder Woman. We think that a hero had to have super powers and fly into the sky; however, now we realize that a superhero doesn’t have to have super powers to be a hero—they just have to save lives. There are many heroes around the world, but the heroes we are going to emphasize about today are nurses.
If you watch Greys Anatomy then we’re sure you have seen many instances of doctors and nurses saving lives, but these stories are real life experiences of nurses saving lives when they are off-duty. These stories are truly inspirational and make you grateful for the nurses in our community.
Grocery Shopping for Diapers
“Grocery shopping is typically an uneventful afternoon for Marcus Guajardo, RN, in Indianapolis, Ind. However, according to the Daily Journal, one afternoon when standing in the checkout line with diapers for his newborn, Guajardo heard a commotion a few lines over. He saw a man lying unconscious on the floor, with a blue face. Guajardo sprinted to the man. He realized that the man was under cardiac arrest and began chest compressions while store employees rushed to get emergency medical equipment. After a few moments, the man started breathing and color returned to his face. Guajardo continued CPR until firefighters arrived on the scene and hooked the man up to a monitor. Had he not received a call from his wife to buy some diapers, Guajardo would have left the store moments before the man collapsed and wouldn’t have been there to save his life. As it was, Guajardo was in the right place at the right time.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that outside of the hospital,” Guajardo told the Daily Journal. “I just saw his legs laying out of an aisle and I instinctively took off toward him. When I got there, you could tell this man was very close to losing his life.”
The Daily Journal reported that when Guajardo got back in line to pay for his groceries, the manager of the store had already paid for his items and packed everything up, to thank Guajardo for his quick life-saving actions.
“I did what any other nurse would have done,” Guajardo told us in an interview. “I felt like I was really just doing my job. I was there at the right time and had the resources, training and knowledge to help. I’m glad I was able to make a difference.”
Inspired by his wife who has been a nurse for 13 years, Guajardo earned his nursing license three years ago, jumping fields from a career in business and banking.”
Saved in the Nick of Time
“Keith B Ezell, 36, was there at the right place at the right time when he jumped straight into action to save a pregnant woman after he heard a horror smash in Ohio.
Footage uploaded on Facebook shows Keith frantically performing life-saving CPR on the unconscious woman lying who is lying on ground. Danielle Nicole, who shared the video, wrote: “This is my friend and co-worker Keith B Ezell who was caught rescuing this woman, and unborn child, after witnessing a car accident on his way to work with minimal assistance.”
Keith told WKYC Channel 3 News, he was on his way to do shopping for his mum before he went to work, when he heard a two-car crash at Broadrock and Broadview in Parma on February 19.
When he approached the scene, he said the driver was begging for help on behalf of his passenger.
Recalling the horrific moment, Keith said: “He said, ‘Oh my God! She’s not breathing! Help me! Help me!'”
The VA Medical Center nurse assistant, who recently completed a new CPR class and happened to have a respiratory mask in his rucksack, did not hesitate to help the pregnant woman.
He said he put the woman on the ground and started administering CPR.
“She was turning blue. She had no pulse and I kept thinking she can’t die on me,” he said.
Keith said he worked on her for at least five minutes before paramedics arrived and took over and managed to find a pulse.
He said: “I thought, my job is done. She gets to live.”
Keith later called the hospital to check on her and was told she survived.
It is not clear what the extent of the young woman’s injuries are.
The nurse assistant, who has 16 years of experience, said he was just doing his job, which he describes as “second nature”.
After the incident, Keith said he got in his car and went straight to work at his “real” job. ”
Here Comes the Nurse
“When newlyweds Julie Stroyne Nixon, RN, BSN, and her husband Andrew Nixon were walking to their wedding after-party in Pittsburgh, Penn., they did not expect to hear someone yelling “Is anyone a doctor? Does anyone know CPR?”
Seeing a woman lying unconscious on a bench nearby, Stroyne Nixon ran over to the woman and – still in her wedding gown – began performing life-saving chest compressions on the woman.
“As a trauma nurse,” said Stoyne Nizon, “I am used to calm moments that quickly turn into moments of utter chaos, so it was instinctual for me to immediately run over to where the situation was occurring.”
A few moments later, Stroyne Nixon noticed that the woman’s breathing grew stronger and she helped the woman wake up and open her eyes. She asked the woman basic questions such as “What is your name?” and “Do you know where you are?” Shortly after, paramedics arrived on the scene and Stroyne Nixon allowed them to take over.
“Nursing is a career based on caring and compassion and we simply want to help others,” said Stroyne Nixon. “If we see someone who is hurt or nonresponsive, we immediately want to jump into action and help. ”
Special appreciation to our sources for the inspiring stories. If you would like to read more inspiring stories, the link is down below.
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Godden, Maryse. “Off-Duty Nurse Saves Pregnant Woman by Performing CPR at Scene of Car Crash.” The Sun, The Sun, 28 Feb. 2017, www.thesun.co.uk/news/2974232/incredible-moment-off-duty-nurse-saves-the-lives-of-a-woman-and-her-unborn-child-by-performing-cpr-at-scene-of-car-crash/.
“Off-Duty Nurse Heroes to the Rescue.” DiscoverNursing.com | Campaign for Nursing, www.discovernursing.com/nursing-notes/duty-nurse-heroes-rescue#.Wh7hTWT83u0.