Nurse Nominee: Maleni Rivera-Martinez, BSN, MSN, M.C.C., ACL
Name: Maleni Rivera-Martinez, BSN, MSN, M.C.C., ACL
Title: Nursing Instructor
Organization: Dade Medical College
I love being a nurse because: Nursing is a career that embraces the caring towards others and it’s complemented by many other areas in my personal life allowing me to grow immensely spiritually and professionally as a person.
A special patient story: I was with students on the scene of a code blue (cardiac arrest). I saw the supervisor there giving chest compressions and my instincts as an emergency nurse kicked in. I jumped to the side of the patient starting an intravenous route. During this engagement I looked at the patient and said, “Lord, do not let this patient die.” Several minutes later the patient started to breathe again and opened his eyes. The patient at the point had not received any medication that could bring him out of the cardiac arrest, and yet, he came out it if. Today the patient is doing fine. During the post conference, we reached the conclusion that certainly nursing care is holistic and covers the patient as a while. This experience confirmed what patients always tell me, “Nurses are God’s angels.”