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by Crystale Lopez, university relations

A typical Thursday night at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. a few months ago turned into a life-or-death situation for HPU nursing student Erin Boland.
Boland was working her regular shift when, as she tells it, “my co-worker, Brian Eatmon, had a heart attack. He had no respirations or pulse,” Boland recounts, “and I wasn’t sure how long he had been down, but I knew someone had called 911.
“ I felt overwhelmed with adrenaline. With not much time to really think about anything, I knew I had to act. ”
Boland started CPR and told a manager to get the automated external defibrillator (AED) by the mall restrooms. An AED is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest.
“ I hooked up my co-worker to the machine, delivered shocks as advised, and continued two-man CPR with a police officer who arrived on the scene,” she said. “[Eatmon] started to breathe somewhat on his own before the EMTs arrived [and] I let them take over.”
Boland’s heroic efforts did not go unnoticed. In fact, they were recognized at a formal ceremony Oct. 2 by Eatmon’s family and a number of local organizations: The American Heart Association, Straub Hospital, Bubba Gump’s, the AED Institute, and the Hawaiian Islands’ Stay’n Alive program. The Honolulu Police Department also nominated Boland for the Mayoral Award.
“We are very proud of Erin for her actions as a first responder,” said Dr. Patricia Lange-Otsuka, HPU associate dean and professor of Nursing. “It is gratifying to us when HPU nursing students, such as Erin, act in a manner that reflects positively on their chosen career. “We hold high expectations for all our students,” Lange-Otsuka added, “and we are delighted when their actions meet and exceed them. We hope that others will be motivated by this positive experience to make a difference by learning CPR.”



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