National Nurses Week: Jose Ceballos
May 06, 2023
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Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Jose Ceballos initially joined Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in 2014 as an emergency room technician. It was actually a package deal as unbeknownst to him his wife accepted a position as a hospitalist at Randall. He eventually went to nursing school and today works in Randall’s emergency department.
What drew you to a career in nursing?
I’d been around nurses for 20 years as a technician and finally decided that nothing would make me happier than being a nurse. I had great support from the people at Randall who helped me while I was in nursing school. I knew I’d love the type of nursing I do since I’ve been around it for so long.
What do you like best about being a nurse?
I like working with families and patients and not just in the nuts and bolts of medicine, but in a holistic way. You’re able to connect with them on a personal level and build a relationship with them.
How does being a nurse fulfill you?
I feel like I’m doing something important. There is something personally fulfilling in being helpful to your fellow human beings in a time of crisis.
What do you like best about working with your Legacy team?
It’s a supportive environment, from management to the frontline staff. I’ve always felt that we have a culture of support and helping those around us who do similar work be a better version of themselves and improve their practice. The teamwork is also exceptional.
Tell us about a time when you were especially proud to be a nurse.
Recently, I had a parent and child who were very anxious and scared about the process of what we were about to do. They weren’t strangers to the medical system or emergency rooms. I was able to connect with them personally and build trust and have that relationship flourish. Watching the anxiety and fear dissipate slowly before my eyes was one of the most gratifying moments I’ve had as a nurse.