UNION, NJ – It’s still National Nurse’s Week (May 6 – May 12), a time to celebrate and recognize the important roles nurses play in our society.
That importance was on full display on a recent afternoon when Union resident and nurse Fredda Jackson demonstrated life-saving skills during an afternoon out.
As Jackson recalled the incident, “my family and I went to Tiff’s, our favorite hometown restaurant. As we sat at our table, I heard a woman shriek, “Help, she’s choking.”
According to Jackson, the restaurant became eerily quiet. She ran toward the screaming woman and noticed a beet-red colored school-aged girl with her hand by her throat. She was demonstrating the universal choking sign.
“I identified myself as a nurse and assured the young lady I was there to help. After two thrusts of the Heimlich maneuver, out flew a pen top-sized piece of food.”
“I was shaken up because in that moment I was a mom relating to the victim’s mom. I felt her tears and walked over to my table and hugged my son.”
Jackson, a nurse for 13 years, says the experience highlights the importance of CPR classes taught in the community. She recommends that everyone take this potentially life-saving training.
“I initially had plans to go to a girlfriend’s house for brunch. Instead, we opted to go to Tiff’s. Reflecting on that day, I was at the right place at the right time.”
Jackson is in the PHD Nursing Educational Leadership Program at Kean University and practices as a Nurse Practitioner at Clover Health.