University of Perpetual Help Alumna, Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare Finalist in the UK

Nurse Ediscyll Opulenica-Lorusso | IMG Source: St. George’s Hospital Website

MANILA, Philippines – Filipina nurse Ediscyll Opulencia-Lorusso is one of the three finalists for UK’s Our Health Heroes Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare Award 2022.

Skills for Health, the award-giving body, has been championing the voices of the UK healthcare workforce since 2002. It has brought about a collective voice of the UK healthcare industry by collaborating with thousands of national healthcare providers to come up with solutions for service improvement, and thus, better patient outcomes.

About Ediscyll Lorusso

Lorusso graduated from the University of Perpetual Help with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1997 at 19 years old.

After practicing her profession in the Philippines for some time, at 21 years old, she is among the first batch of Filipino nurses who tried their luck in the field of nursing in London.

Starting out in a foreign country has not been easy for her. During that time, fewer Filipino nurses can be seen within the community she is in. Couple that with being miles away from her family, homesickness was inevitable.

However, with a determined mindset, Lorusso made the necessary adjustments to make London her second home. She watched lots of TV shows and films to get accustomed to the English culture and its diverse accents, and adapted to its ever-changing climate.

She has since then worked at St. George’s University Hospital for over 20 years where she is currently a Senior Thrombosis Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Nurse Ediscyll has been raising awareness for thrombosis prevention as, according to their study published in the British Journal of Nursing, “venous thromboembolism (VTE)-related events kill more people a year than AIDS, breast cancer and road traffic accidents combined in England (Coombes, 2005). Women have an increased risk of thrombosis during pregnancy and for 6 weeks postpartum.”

With this advocacy in mind, Lorusso has had numerous achievements throughout her nursing career.

Nurse Ediscyll (rightmost with green shirt) with other healthcare professionals, raising awareness on thrombosis prevention | IMG Source: Thrombosis UK Facebook

Achievements

At 44 years old, Nurse Ediscyll has definitely accomplished so much, and among these are:

  • Organizing regular campaigns, study days, teaching sessions, and other initiatives for both staff and the community for thrombosis prevention awareness
  • The Joint Thrombosis Nurse and Midwife Clinic in 2012 (a first in the UK). The Department of Health lauded St. George’s and Nurse Ediscyll for this, and she has presented her work to thousands of other healthcare professionals in USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore.
  • In December 2015, her poster “Low Molecular Weight Heparin prophylaxis adherence in Postnatal women”, which was a collaboration with her midwife colleague, won the People’s Choice Poster award.
  • In March 2016 Ediscyll and her midwife colleague showcased their innovation as they became speakers for the National Nursing and Midwifery Network held in the Department of Health
  • Awarded third place in the Nurse of the Year category of the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2021
  • And many others
    This year, she is in the running as one of the finalists of the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare category.

“I am deeply humbled to represent all the extraordinary, hardworking and selfless nurses all over the world who work intensely every day and especially during the pandemic. This is a collective success for all of us,” Lorusso said about the Our Health Heroes Nomination.

Service with Compassion

Lorusso is a full-time nurse and a mother to two children. However, she still manages to make time for volunteer work.

She is a part of various Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) networks related to healthcare, including Freedom To Speak Up and Philippine Nurses Association-UK, where they ensure new Filipino nurses in London get well-acquainted with their new environment.  

She also reaches out to communities and schools to educate and inspire young minds about the fulfillment and joy brought about by serving in the field of nursing.

 “I love working as a nurse and knowing that I make a positive difference in my patients’ lives gives me great job satisfaction and a huge sense of achievement”, she said.

Filipino Roots

Taken from Ediscyll Lorusso’s interview with Jerome Babate of globalpinoynursing.com, the Our Health Heroes finalist had this to say:

“I am a strong advocate of Filipino values (wherever they are in the world). Always work hard and showcase your Filipino ways of caring and dealing with patients and relatives. The pressure of nursing will never be easy, it can be physically and emotionally draining. However, always remember that it gives you an opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life.”

IMG Source: Skills For Health website

The Skills for Health Our Health Heroes lifetime contribution award is sponsored by NHS Employers. It will be held at London Science Museum this coming March 24.

To know more about Nurse Ediscyll Lorusso and the other remarkable finalists, and to cast your vote (until Feb. 4) you may visit this link.

Sources: British Journal of Nursing, globalpinoynursing.com, Skills For Health, Good News Pilipinas

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