Shore Medical Center is pleased to announce that Kelly Duma, RN, BSN, NE-BC, nurse manager of Shore’s 5th Hayes Unit, is the recipient of the medical center’s most recent Leadership Profile Award. The Leadership Profile Award is presented several times each year to a manager for exemplary job performance and exhibiting characteristics most valued in leaders within the organization.
Duma joined Shore Medical Center in 1990 as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department, where she worked until beginning her supervisory career in 2001. She worked in a number of leadership roles, eventually becoming the nurse manager of the 5th Hayes Unit in 2012. On the unit, Duma and her team care for patients who have had surgery or other medical procedures, primarily those related to cancer.
According to Duma’s team, who nominated her for the recognition, the unit has flourished under her leadership. Her talent as an efficient problem solver and team builder allows the unit to run smoothly, even on the busiest of days.
“Kelly exemplifies Shore’s Mission, Vision and Values in all that she does. She personally interacts with patients and staff every day. It’s not unusual to find Kelly providing direct care to a patient in order to assist her team and provide patients with the best care,” said one of her employees.
Another employee admires Duma for her mentorship skills. “Kelly is an inspiration to me, showing me what it really takes to become a great nurse. She is strong, stable and compassionate, and I am honored to be a part of her staff.”
Duma is not only a leader on her unit, but also a leader throughout the hospital. As the chair of the hospital’s Falls Prevention Committee, Duma spearheaded a new campaign last year to help prevent patient falls. She is also a member of the Spirit of Shore Committee and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Duma also came up with a creative and fun campaign on the 5th Hayes Unit to promote hand washing.
Duma was quick to recognize her staff for their hard work. “I can’t begin to describe how honored I feel that the 5th Hayes staff nominated me for this award. The staff are extremely dedicated to safe, quality patient and family care. This is evident in every interaction they have with patients, their families other departments within the hospital, each other and with me. We are a family. The 5th Hayes staff makes my job easier,” Duma said.
Duma is native to the area and resides in Woodbine, NJ. She has two children: a daughter, Kelsea, 23, and a son, Joe, 20 as well as her significant other and biggest supporter, Pat Trumbower. Duma enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Tank, going to the beach, shopping and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.