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Nurse of the Week: Elissa Molfino Steps Up to Care for Patient’s Dog

Nurse of the Week: Elissa Molfino Steps Up to Care for Patient’s Dog

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San Luis Obispo nurse Elissa Molfino is utilized to caring for her individuals, but her patients’ animals, not so much.

But that’s what took place when she volunteered to do when a individual who’d suffered a lousy fall showed up at the French Medical center Professional medical Centre.

Molfino can now insert disaster doggy rescuer to her resume and the title of Nurse of the Week.

Affected individual Michael Walsh, 79, took a unexpected tumble down his stairs. He experienced “no recollection of climbing the stairs, emotion faint” or owning what medical practitioners and first responders phone a “syncopal episode” or a unexpected tumble. 

Walsh has polyneuropathy owing to Form 2 diabetic issues which presents him equilibrium problems. “I am incredibly mindful on my stairs, often applying the handrails, and have under no circumstances tripped or fallen” through his 23 yrs there.

Following crawling up the stairs with his 8-12 months-previous golden retriever Rebel, he took two Tylenol and went to bed with trusty, worried Rebel beside him. Walsh mentioned he didn’t snooze since of his obvious head personal injury and hoped the agony would subside.

The suffering did not subside, and a day later, Walsh drove himself to the medical center for what he experienced envisioned to be a speedy ER go to for X-rays or exams. Walsh took Rebel with him as he headed for French Hospital’s ER since no person else was property. 

Molfino Recruits Family to Assist 

The doctors’ original investigation of Walsh’s issue created them way too involved to allow him go household, let on your own drive himself there. So that intended Rebel would continue on to be trapped in the hospital parking great deal in Walsh’s 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with plenty of drinking water, food items, toys, and plenty of air by way of the vehicle’s open home windows, but leaving a nervous Walsh in the ER with no evident alternatives in sight.

Molfino, who’s been at French Medical center for 10 years, had begun her change that working day as a triage nurse in the ER. She did Walsh’s ingestion interview, amassing preliminary knowledge for the attending medical doctor and coordinating all the assessments the doctor required to perform. Afterwards in her workday, she switched to getting a ground nurse, which put her again on Walsh’s situation yet again.


French Healthcare facility nurse Elissa Molfino, heart, and her young children Gwen, 16, and Gabe Molfino, 14, of San Luis Obispo, wound up dog-sitting down a beloved golden retriever belonging to Michael Walsh of Cambria. He’d absent to the unexpected emergency home to be checked out following a fall, but didn’t feel he’d be admitted to the medical center and was unable to treatment for the pet waiting around for him in the auto. Photo Credit rating: The Tribune

When Walsh turned so agitated and determined to care for Rebel that he signed himself out of the medical center against the physician’s suggestions, Molfino regretfully wheeled Walsh out to his automobile, as protocol demands.

However, when her affected person tried out to get out of the wheelchair, she claimed it swiftly grew to become obvious that it would not be risk-free for him to travel.

Imagining quickly, Molfino talked Walsh into coming again inside, telling him she’d get care of the doggy. She describes Rebel as the sweetest aged golden retriever, the cutest canine, and the simplest canine to pet dog-sit.

As a nurse who performs extended shifts, she wanted to enlist some support. Fortuitously, the Molfino property is near to the clinic.

No Hesitation to Aid

She discussed Walsh’s predicament to her little ones, Gwen, 16, and Gabe, 14, and her lifelong buddy and present roommate, Carly Johnson. They instantly stepped up, received to know Rebel and Mike, and frequented in the ER space with the pet dog and Mike for a whilst to make him truly feel a minor a lot more comfortable about the answer they ended up proposing for Rebel. They would keep the puppy at their household right until Walsh could go dwelling.

Walsh recalls the meet-and-greet session as a “mutual enjoy fest” and consistently expressed his gratitude.

“I am over and above blessed and grateful for Elissa and her family and how they solved my dilemma,” says Walsh. “OMG, this was the kindest gesture I have ever received! I was over and above grateful, and so was my boy.”

That boy is the canine he describes as his “8-year-previous, trustworthy companion golden retriever Rebel.”

“His complete detail was about his pet,” says Molfino. “Rebel is his whole earth. He even has a ‘who rescued who?’ bumper sticker on the back of his car.”

Molfino Is ‘Typical of Our Staff’

“To me, it was quite basic, something other nurses have done and would do yet again,” says Molfino. “Mike is so sweet. I’m so glad it blessed him and designed this sort of an impression on him. But I’m hesitant to be thought of a hero. Most of my coworkers would have performed the exact factor.” 

Sara San Juan, the spokesperson for Dignity Health, agreed. What Molfino did was fantastic, she claimed, nonetheless “so regular of our staff. They’re so giving, so type, these caretakers.” 

She says that Molfino’s actions that working day may well not have been that strange since staffers normally go out of their way to aid sufferers. 

“I love my career, coworkers, this medical center,” suggests Molfino. “I consider it’s the best career in the globe. We get to be there for people in these powerful moments that matter when somebody has no other selections. We have a possibility to have intimacy with folks that we would never ever have in any other case. I like what I do … but I do the job with 20 other nurses who would do the exact issue.”

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