Editor's Note: V.I. Consortium has joined with emergency nurses at the Juan F. Luis Hospital to highlight some of these outstanding first responders as part of Emergency Nurses Week (Oct. 10-16), an annual celebration dedicated to those who selflessly devote themselves to their patients. This year's theme is "Grit of Emergency Nurses".
Today, the spotlight is on Jeanette Ferdinand.
Jeanette Ferdinand, BSN, RN, has been working as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department of the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for the past three years.
A graduate of the St. Croix Educational Complex and later, the University of the Virgin Islands - AAS Campus, Ferdinand fell in love with the nursing field during her years of volunteering at the hospital. Having observed the critical role nurses played in the wellbeing of patients, Ferdinand was encouraged to pursue a career that would not only allow her to assist those in need but those who love and care for them as well.
“In nursing, you see people in some of their most vulnerable states,” Ferdinand says. “It is always a rewarding feeling to know that you have played a role in healing the mind, body and soul of not only your patients but their concerned loved ones as well.”