AWESOME! Recent nursing school graduate saves life of CHOG nurse she was shadowing

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A local nurse owes her life to a young girl just out of school.

Jordan Buras had only been shadowing Ms. Dawn Echevarria at the children's hospital for six nights when she noticed something was wrong.

"I leaned over to make sure I could see her face and that's whenever I noticed that her face was drooping and that she had drool coming out of her mouth, and the mumbling just got worse and I couldn't understand what she was saying," Jordan walked us through what happened during that shift.

The two were getting ready to run a test on a 5-month old baby when Jordan says she realized Ms. Dawn was having a stroke. She immediately thought of the acronym she learned in school... "F-A-S-T".

"Facial drooping, can they raise their arms, which obviously hers were shaking compulsively at her sides. And then 'S' is for slurred speech and 'T' is for timing so you want to get help, call 9-1-1"

Jordan got Echevarria sitting down before running to get help.

"The other nurse came in and immediately tapped my shoulder and said 'go get help', so I saw the charge nurse I went and grabbed her," Jordan said.

They were able to get Ms. Dawn to the emergency room, but had this happened any other night, that may not have been the case.

"What I didn't know was that she would actually chart in the rooms by herself," Jordan said. "Like if I wasn't there she would've been by herself just charting in the rooms. Some of the nurses were saying it wouldn't be unusual if they didn't see her for 30-45 minutes to an hour because she would just stay in the room and chart."

Needless to say, this new nurse is off to a great start. Jordan went to visit Ms. Dawn while she was in the hospital, and she says she was very thankful for all her help.

Nurse Dawn is back at home now recovering, but she is okay.

Jordan just graduated from nursing school at Augusta University. She'll be starting grad school soon to be a nurse practitioner, and hopes to get a job now in primary care.

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