Margaret (Maggie) Ellender


  

Margaret (Maggie) Ellender, BSN student

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
United States
I've been in hospitals a lot since I was small because of a serious lifelong medical condition...I have never had anyone taking care of me touch my heart the way that she did.

I've been in hospitals a lot since I was small because of a serious lifelong medical condition. When I was a child, I had a very bad experience with student nurses and I usually don't let them take care of me. Maggie introduced herself to me the day before she took care of me, talked to me, and rubbed my hand. Right away, I could tell that Maggie is angelic. I felt as though I already knew her. 

I have a tracheostomy and was having some very scary complications with it. When my tracheostomy was being suctioned and a lot of bright red blood was coming out, I was really frightened. Maggie could tell how frightened I was and held my hand when I was suctioned. I felt comfortable letting her care for me and suction my trach. I have never had anyone taking care of me touch my heart the way that she did.

I had to get a bronchoscopy so the doctors could decide whether I had some sort of very serious problem with my lungs. I was terrified and anxious all morning before the procedure. I needed to pray and Maggie prayed with me before the bronchoscopy. She took great care of me and listened to me. Maggie told me that I inspired her, but really, she is the one who inspires me! We have a real connection. Maggie goes beyond what she should do as a student nurse.