Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Leadership Award in Nursing Administration

This award honours an RN who shows exemplary management skills in an acute, long-term, community, education, research or other setting. This individual actively implements groundbreaking ideas to enhance patient care, and demonstrates a commitment to improve the quality of health care.

Melanie Kelly understands the day-to-day challenges of her staff. That’s because she manages the same unit where she started as a frontline RN at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences nine years ago. "My staff know I'm not going to ask them to do anything I wouldn't do myself," she says. Melanie is clinical manager for two units at Ontario Shores: geriatric psychiatry and geriatric dementia. She also teaches a course on psychogeriatrics. For Melanie, breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health is a passion. She also strives to stay connected with her staff on both a professional and personal level, touching base with them every morning. She understands you can't always leave your personal life at the door. Melanie has shown her dedication to professional development by consistently obtaining new certifications in nurse leadership and management, and asks for the same commitment to education from her staff. "The field is changing and I want my nurses to be at the top of the chain," she says.