Alejandra (Ale) Castellanos has always had a passion for helping people. From assisting adults who are recovering from traumatic brain injuries to working in group homes, she’s thrived in a health care career.
But Castellanos feels she’s finally found her calling in pediatric nursing.
She’s currently a nursing station technician on the Cardiac Medical Surgical floor of Masonic Children’s Hospital. While the job requires a lot of nitty gritty work like assisting with vital signs, toileting, and feeding, it also requires having just the right touch to make the time that families spend in the hospital a little easier.
“The most rewarding part of my work is helping children who are stressed or in pain smile,” says Castellanos. “I love doing something silly to make a kid laugh, or swaddling and snuggling a baby to make them comfortable. I am there during some of the hardest times for patients and families, so to be able to connect with them enough to get a genuine laugh or two is a great feeling.”
Going forward, Castellanos will continue to help young patients heal—and smile—in what will continue to be a long and fruitful career in pediatric nursing. Having just earned a master’s degree in nursing, she hopes to soon land a job as an R.N. at Masonic Children’s Hospital. “The Masonic Mission Award means I’ve made the right decision in my career path and empowers me to continue to deliver the same and even better quality care to my future patients,” she says.
Castellanos was nominated for her ability to put patients and families at ease. Her nominator writes:
“Ale is the most welcoming nursing assistant. She lit up the room and was so silly that our daughter loved her. She used different methods of distracting our daughter when it came time to check her vitals and she wasn’t afraid to laugh or sing. She is so great with children.”