Liberty Nursing Students Recognized for Emergency Response and Family Rescue

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ/Liberty University Release) – Three Liberty University School of Nursing (LUSON) students recently put the skills they are learning to use at the scene of an accident.

Driving in the rain on a rural road this month, according to the university, junior Gabby Cain turned a corner and arrived at the scene of an accident that had apparently just happened. Two cars are involved, with two people sitting on the ground and a man standing in shock, his face bleeding.

“The first thing I did was pull over, and I had a clinic that morning, so I still had my nursing bag with me along with my penlight, stethoscope and all the stuff. stay,” Cain said. “I knew there would be injuries, but I didn’t know the extent of them. I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to run for help whenever I see something wrong.

Liberty University nursing students recognized for their heroic actions(Liberty University)

As Cain helped the man lie down to stabilize his head and neck in the event of a spinal cord or brain injury, the university said, fellow LUSON juniors Ella Miranda and Tyler Wilson arrived in a other car. Wilson, a trained paramedic, began performing a neurological assessment of the man while Miranda checked his pulse and legs. The man was responsive while still in shock; the other two people had less serious injuries, so students focused on him while waiting for paramedics to arrive, according to the university.

“I was really nervous that he wasn’t going to be okay,” Miranda said. “Since the paramedics were 30-45 minutes away, if he had had a spinal cord injury or brain bleed or something, all we could have done was stay with him and try. to help him. It could have been a lot worse, but luckily it never was.

“The paramedics were very grateful for what we did and said, ‘Thank you so much for being here and doing what you can, it’s not going unnoticed,'” Cain added. “I heard that and I just thought, ‘This is really my calling; That’s where I belong.'”

Students were recognized for their actions this week at the School of Nursing All-Faculty Reunion, where they received special honor coins as part of a monthly tradition highlighting students who have accomplished exceptional acts of service.

Junior Courtney Myer, whose medical training proved beneficial in a way closer to home, according to the university, was also recognized. Last fall, Myer asked her father to be her test patient for a class assignment in which she had to perform a cardiovascular assessment. She already knew he had a heart murmur, so she thought it would be helpful to practice on him, with an existing medical condition to watch out for. While doing the assessment, however, she heard more than expected.

Liberty University nursing students recognized for their heroic actions
Liberty University nursing students recognized for their heroic actions(Liberty University)

“I started with his lungs and heard the murmur in the lateral lung fields, then delved deeper and found he had pulsations in his neck, and I knew that was a very bad sign.” , Myer said. “I talked to him about it and told him he should have it checked out.”

He then met with a doctor and was told his daughter had alerted them to signs of aortic valve stenosis and a life-threatening ascending aortic aneurysm, according to the university. He recovered after undergoing surgery to replace his heart valve.

“The surgeon told him that if he hadn’t had this checked out when he did, he might not have woken up any day,” Myer said. “It was definitely a thing of God.”

“LUSON is blessed to have students who demonstrate Kingdom life every day,” said Acting Dean Dr. Tracey Turner. “Using the foundational skill of assessment, they showed God’s love by helping those in need, serving others as they serve God.”

According to the university, Professor Dr. Jerry Harvey started the coinage tradition, drawing the idea from his time serving in the United States military. Upon his 2007 retirement from the Air Force and based at the Pentagon, Harvey purchased coins bearing the image of a soldier and the words “Armor of God” to give to his future students when he saw them perform “exceptional acts of service”. After five years of doing it alone, Harvey collaborated with then-dean Dr. Deanna Britt to make the practice an official LUSON custom in 2012.

“Every time we find a nursing student doing something remarkable or something that we would recognize as building the body of Christ, we give them a coin,” Harvey said. “Every month we give out two to three pieces, and we’ve gotten to the point where we order (hundreds) of them at a time.”

“It’s an honor, and I’ll definitely remember it forever,” Miranda said. “We were just there and did what we could.”

“I didn’t know what to expect, but it was truly an honor to be in front of everyone, including my teachers past and present,” Myer added.

“I’m going to keep this (piece) for a long time,” Wilson said.

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