CI Hero: Local nurse ‘acts intentionally’ to save a man’s life

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Performing CPR and calling a code. An OSF Healthcare nurse said she acted intentionally to help a slumped-over man.

Inside the halls of OSF Healthcare Saint Joseph on June 20, 2020, Registered Nurse Jenni Erlandson passed through a hospital waiting room.

“[I] had noticed a man, kind of walking around the surgical family waiting room,” said Jenni Erlandson, CI Hero. “He looked lost. So I asked him where he needed to go and took him to his destination.”

It was on the way back from that kind gesture where she found a fellow employee slumped over in a chair.

“He wasn’t breathing,” said Erlandson. “Checked his pulse. Shook him. Checked his breathing. Nothing.”

As Erlandson and a team of other medical professionals transferred their coworker to the ground, she instructed others to call a code blue and the charge nurse.

“It was just a quick response by everybody,” said Erlandson.

She’s credited with saving the man’s life. Her quick actions also led to her receiving the Daisy Award. It’s a recognition program honoring the work of extraordinary nurses.

“You never know when you will come across someone who will need your help,” said Erlandson.

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