National Nursing Week Spotlight: Megan Kelly
by Raiili Pellizzari
It’s National Nursing Week and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is highlighting a few of our nurses and their achievements. Meet Megan Kelly, a Registered Nurse (RN) at our Hospital.
Megan Kelly is an energetic and compassionate RN who recently graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science and Nursing in June of 2022. After completing her degree, Megan relocated to Thunder Bay from southern Ontario. She was drawn to the area by its natural beauty and the unique challenges presented by providing health care in a more remote region.
After finishing her second year of the collaborative nursing program, she applied to be a Unit Care Aide at TBRHSC, where she was responsible for supporting staff in providing care to patients. This experience was a pivotal moment in Megan’s nursing career, as it opened doors that clinical placements could not. This is where she found her passion for emergency nursing, being drawn to the fast-paced environment and having the ability to make a difference in people’s lives in their most vulnerable moments.
As Megan transitioned from her role as a Unit Care Aide and nursing student to a Registered Nurse in our ED, she was better-equipped to handle the high demands of the job due to the amazing teamwork and welcoming staff within the department. The ED at the TBRHSC is one of the busiest in the province, serving not only the city but also regional communities.
Thanks to her previous experience working in the hospital and her education, Megan was able to hit the ground running, quickly adapting to the fast-paced and often unpredictable environment of the ED. She demonstrates a strong ability to assess patient needs, provide timely and appropriate care all while maintaining a calm and reassuring demeanor for her patients and their families.
When she is not working on the frontlines she enjoys being a proud member of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) sitting on our local chapters executive board helping to boost their social media presence. She also holds a seat on the TBRHSC Nursing Practice Council to give the voice of a novice frontline nurse, collaborating with her colleagues to identify opportunities for quality improvement and implement evidence-based practices.