Ellen Carnes

Ellen Carnes

Ellen Carnes, RN, CMSRN

Resource (Float) Team
Franciscan Health Western Indiana
Lafayette, Indiana
United States

Waking up to my first full day of hospitalization on New Year's Eve, I was greeted by my nurse for the day, Ellen. Ellen's cheerful spirit and self-deprecating humor lightened the whole room! As a retired nurse myself, I have had a bit of experience telling when a nurse really enjoys what she is doing versus 'earning a paycheck.' She not only performed the tasks one would expect, but she also moved about the room in a way that communicated that she was not in a rush—I had her full attention. I could feel her eyes scanning the room for what might need a tweak. She asked about refilling the ice water, kept my toes covered . . . those things sound small, but they're actually huge in making a patient feel truly cared for.