Nurse Emily to the Rescue!

A registered nurse involves more than having credentials or a job title. It is a profession and a lifestyle. One clocks out at the end of a shift. Having the ability to care for others becomes second nature and is instilled inside and never ceases. As a spiritual individual, I always hold in my mind “do unto others as you would want done unto you.”

On a cold weekend evening, my significant other and I went out to eat at a nice place. Having raved about the restaurant a few times, I was excited to show him this new spot. Since there was a bit of a wait, we decided to sit at the bar where service would be quicker, and the food would be just as enjoyable. Couples came and went and as we were nearing the end of our meal, I suddenly heard a loud thud and a woman screamed a few bar stools down from us. When I looked over, I realized that a man had fallen from the stool and was lying face down on the restaurant floor. In this moment I realized that I was in the right place at the right time. I have thought of similar scenarios so many times in my head before. It ultimately is part of the self-reflecting process that comes with the nursing profession. Feeling the adrenaline rush as if I were in my first code blue at work, I ran over to the man and with assistance from another gentleman, turned the man over to assess his breathing and pulse. Once we turned him over, his eyes shot wide open and the man sat up and proceeded to jump to his feet. We then assisted the man back onto the bar stool. He had a gash to his forehead that continued to bleed. To stem the bleeding, I applied napkins, and the bartenders generously provided me with more. I introduced myself to this man and his significant other stating “I am a nurse.” As I did this, another gentleman who happened to be a doctor came over. We assessed the individual together and agreed, it would be best to phone for an ambulance to take the man to the hospital for further evaluation. After all was said and done, the man stated he “choked on some pizza that was too spicy” and told me “I should’ve stuck with the pasta dish!” Needless to say, he was going to be just fine and could enjoy many more pasta dishes going forward.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12 ESV).

As I went to the restroom to wash my hands, I felt a sense of comfort knowing others responded as quickly as I did. The adrenaline rush began to subside, and, in this moment, I felt blessed that I was a nurse. I was able to show my passion of caring for others outside of the hospital setting. It is the concept of time that encompassed the entire event. Being in the right place at the right time in order to help someone else have more time.

Written by guest blogger, Emily Nemecek, R.N. who just happens to be my angel daughter. We are proud of you, Emily.

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27 Responses to Nurse Emily to the Rescue!

  1. Libby Sommer says:

    lovely story. congrats to you and your beautiful daughter.

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  2. Emily says:

    Thank you!! ❤️

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  3. Arno Bode, Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    Bewunderung und Anerkennung für das Handeln und die Haltung Deiner lieben Tochter Emily Catherine.Möge sie sich allzeit diese Kraft bewahren um anderen Menschen ein wirklicher Helfer zu sein .Mary Ann,Du hast eine wunderbare Tochter mit einer fantastischen Einstellug zum Leben.
    Dazu darf man Dich nur beglückwünschen,und Euch Beiden ein möglichst sorgenfreies Leben wünschen.
    Alles Liebe und Gute ,Dir und Deiner Familie ,besonders jetzt zum bevorstehenden Weihnachtsfest.
    Eure Lilly und Euer Arno

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    • Your kind words about our daughter Emily and her lifesaving techniques as a nurse are very much appreciated. I am overwhelmed by such wonderful words to us. Germany and my German friends and “family” are near and dear to my heart and always in my thoughts. May you and Lilly have a blessed and delightful Advent season. I hope Nikolaus filled your shoe with wonderful surprises. Enjoy the weekend, Arno. All the best,
      Mary Ann ^__^

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  4. Wonderful good news story, Emily! ❤ Thanks for sharing, Mary Ann.

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  5. That’s a marvelous account! Like Abraham, you were blessed to be a blessing to others.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Hurray! It worked and thank you for the story about your daughter, the nurse, who confirms my opinion. Once a nurse, always a nurse.

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    • Good and thank you for letting me know. Our daughter Emily wrote the account. She is a wonderful, kind, and understanding woman and nurse. True words from you: once a nurse, always a nurse. For me, once a teacher, always a teacher. And we could also add that once a parent, always a parent. I look forward to hearing from you Peter and am glad this worked out. Enjoy the weekend!

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  7. Vey proud of you daughter! Your Dr. grandfather would be very proud as well.
    Love, Dad

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  8. roninjax says:

    We are so thankful for those who realize their higher calling and the compassion shown such as Emily’s. Well done in using your God-given gifts and talents to help others. 🙂

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  9. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, it’s lovely to read your daughter’s guest post.

    Emily, the gentlemen was lucky to have you and other such gifted members of the public to offer immediate help.You post is wonderfully written, with clarity and immediacy. I am in admiration for all those in nursing and having recently been in hospital the nurses make what can be a frightening unpleasant experience a positive one. With one male nurse we ended up discussing his book writing attempts and I attempted to give him some advice (which he sought, I hasten to add!)! I almost forgot I was about to start the tests! Lovely to ‘meet’ you here, Emily.

    Mary Ann, you must be so proud … wishing you and your family a most special holiday season. x

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    • Annika – your comment is wonderful and appreciated. I agree that nurses are the first line of defense that most patients see. Our Emily terms nursing her passion as she goes about her work. Hope all is well with you, Annika. Having hospital tests can be frightening at times too. Ever the writer, I smiled at your comments to the male nurse. You are generous and helpful to others, Annika. I especially like that about you. We are proud of our children. May your Advent and Christmas season be blessed. A couple years ago you posted a most wonderful song in Swedish. Do you still have that? I used to play it over and over as I tried to learn the words on the screen. Thanks. oxox

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Thank you dear friend. I haven’t had all the results back yet but it looks as if all is well, which is a huge relief. It’s been a very worrying time.

        This Thursday is Lucia and I am posting a revised post from 2015 about the festival and there are two video in it, the last is unusual and has glorious music.

        I think the song you meant is the one below which I played none stop that year! Hope I got it right … there are so many wonderful ones!

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      • Thank you so much for the link. BINGO! That is the exact song which I have now shared on both my FB pages. I can tell I’ll be playing this over and over again. Glad to hear about test results and the relief you felt. They can be initially scary so I totally understand your apprehension. Happy St. Lucia’s Day.

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    • And directly from Nurse Emily: “Thank you for your kind words I am glad you enjoyed the blog post! I am also glad that you had a positive experience with nurses during your recent hospitalization. I hope the male nurse writes his book soon! Thank you again for taking the time to respond.”

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Bless her … please thank Emily for her lovely reply! ❤️ I too hope he manages to write his book – he was intense about the project, but had given it to a couple of ghost writers. He had such a natural way of talking, so I hope he writes it himself and keeps true to his voice.

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      • Much appreciated once again, Annika. Emily mentioned that we all have a voice. I love her writing as well. I agree, it is best to speak your own words and in your own voice. What you see is what you get with me, Annika. I converse with others as I write. May you find peace and solace this festive season. Always a pleasure talking with you, Annika.

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