Molly Eggleston ’11, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN is not new to the idea of sharing her journey and experiences from her nursing career with others. She has returned to Ursuline on several occasions to speak to students looking to learn more about a career in nursing, as well as leading orientations for Junior service projects. However, an experience that not many career nurses were expecting to learn how to navigate was the COVID-19 pandemic. This morning, Molly served as a panelist for a session during the Southeast Missouri State University Power of Women Digital Summit.
According to its event page, the Power of Women Digital Summit serves as a unique opportunity for area entrepreneurs and philanthropists to come together to raise scholarship funds while empowering, transforming and connecting with their next generation of colleagues and customers. The tenth annual event included dynamic and empowering speakers with multiple sessions covering multiple topics.
Molly spoke during the session titled, “Maintaining Resilience: Nursing on the Frontlines of a Pandemic” with the following brief:
What was it like to be a nurse on the frontlines of a global pandemic? Molly Eggleston was one of the very first Power of Women scholarship recipients and is now a cardiovascular ICU nurse who found herself working in the COVID ICU in a health crisis she never anticipated experiencing. Her firsthand account of how the team adapted and worked together showcases resilience we can all use in our lives in times of great change.
Molly graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014. Since earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she has worked at Mercy Hospital Saint Louis in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit as a registered nurse and adult ECMO specialist. As a bedside nurse, she has been involved in the Professional Governance program at the hospital and led projects related to end-of-life care in the intensive care unit and resuscitation after cardiac arrest in post-cardiac surgery patients. She was the 2018 recipient of the Saint Louis Magazine’s Cardiovascular Nurse of the Year award and the 2019 recipient of the Missouri March of Dimes Critical Care Nurse of the Year award. Molly also serves on the Southeast Foundation Board She is currently in the Doctor of Nursing practice program at Saint Louis University and plans to graduate in December 2021.