From Nursing Student to Faculty Member, Bloomington Grad Becomes a Rising Star

As a bank manager, Todd Ellenson always wanted more. Since he was 12-years-old, Ellenson says he knew he wanted to be a nurse. When Ellenson was young, he experienced the heartbreaking death of his grandfather, who was then in the Intensive Care Unit. “While it was difficult to be at his bedside, the hugs and compassion a nurse gave me showed me what being a nurse was all about,” says Ellenson. He knew then that being a nurse was what he was destined to do. However, he didn’t have the faith in himself that he was smart enough for the profession and did not initially pursue it.