Health Carousel Philippines Inc (HCPI) conducted its 1st virtual awarding in the year 2021 for the DAISY award for the 1st quarter on May 28, 2021. This is the 5th DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses given by HCPI since 2020. Representatives from Health Carousel Philippines Inc., Health Carousel, LLC, and Divine Mercy Wellness Center of Tuguegarao attended the awarding.
The HCPI DAISY committee selected 5 nominees for the 1st quarter of 2021. The nominees who were not selected for the award will receive a DAISY pin. The DAISY awardee is Noemie Cabildo, a nurse who had been working for more than 5 years and is currently assigned in the Medical-Surgical Unit of Divine Mercy Wellness Center, Tuguegarao City. Her story happened when she was working in another hospital and was assigned to Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The awardee received a certificate from DAISY and Health Carousel, DAISY pin, Healer’s Touch (Sculpture), and more items from the DAISY foundation
Below is Noemie’s story in her own writing:
“When I was a fresh graduate nurse with 6 months of working experience, Super Typhoon Haima, also known as “Lawin” struck our country. It was the third most intense tropical cyclone worldwide that year. It made its landfall in Penablaca, Cagayan, within the vicinity of the hospital where I was working. That day, I was scheduled for interview for my US application but I knew that I was needed in my unit. I decided not to attend to my interview and went to the hospital. I was a staff nurse in the med-surg ward but I was recalled to work in the PICU to cover the understaffing. I was handling 3 babies that time, 2 of them were on mechanical ventilator because of the prematurity of their lungs and 1 is on room air. I was a junior back then but I told myself that there has to be someone to take over and look after the babies. Oh boy did I felt afraid? No, I was terrified. But I thought about the lives of those defenseless babies- that there’s gotta be someone to step in for them and I felt brave. While at work, while the babies were sleeping, thunder and lightning rolled, food and clean water were scarce.
Power supply was always interrupted, I was alone on duty because other nurses couldn’t make it to work because of the situation. Heavy rain started to slip to the unit through the ceiling and I had to transfer the babies to a safer room from the second floor to the first floor while manually ambu-bagging them, with the help of the patient’s relatives, sometimes the bagging lasted for hours. Though there were also other nurses attending to their own patients in the other areas, I was on my own. I had to depend on my knowledge, my critical thinking, and prayers. I had to work for almost 36 hours straight because no nurse was available to relieve me. I still remember going home and dreaming of the ambubagging, call lights and cries of the patients from the other wards. When the typhoon passed and the rain stopped, I felt like it was the happiest moment of my life.
The doctors were able to make their rounds, the babies were stable, my senior nurses and chief nurse commended me for the work that I did…and the parents who thanked me. I will never forget that time when a father of one of my patients approached and thanked me in their dialect, though he was really trying to speak in Filipino and tried to slid some coins in my pocket to buy snacks into which I refused. Even though I can’t understand some of the words, I can feel how thankful he was. I was about to cry too when he started crying to me as he said “ ikaw yung andun maam nung wala kaming magawa. Ikaw ung naging nanay nila.”(English translation: you are the one who were there when we can do nothing, you were their mother that time) which left me speechless. Back to this day, I am not working anymore in that hospital, in that unit…but that experience was one of the foundations of who I am now, that there is bravery in the darkest of times, that I will always gladly say that I have no regrets that I chose to be a nurse. “