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Meet our June Employee of the Month, Kelly Gibbons

Meet our June Employee of the Month, Kelly Gibbons

Kelly Gibbons, RN, MSN, CNOR, is the staff development coordinator and co-facilitator of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This fall marks her fifth year with Shriners Hosptials for Children. She has been a nurse for 20 years, and has worked in medical-surgical, women’s health (labor and delivery, post-partum, nursery), and as a perioperative nurse in the OR for most of her career.

Here are a few fun facts about Kelly:

  • Kelly is deathly afraid of snakes, spiders, mice and men with long finger nails.
  • What motivates Kelly is feeling accomplished and seeing the outcomes of the children we serve.
  • She loves getting to work with all the areas of the hospital. In her previous role in the OR, she didn’t have much interaction with staff members in other departments. She appreciates that her current role allows her to play a part in all departments.
  • Her proudest accomplishment is having the support and mentorship to finish her master's degree in nursing leadership and management. She also loved seeing her capstone project – the benefits of parent and patient engagement – come to life with the formation of the Patient Family Advisory Council.
  • When she was small she wanted to be Erik Estrada from CHiPS. “Yes, I wanted to be Ponch,” said Kelly. “I had the little motorcycle and everything.”
  • Kelly is an Uno expert and could play it all day.
  • For karaoke night, she would sing any song by Queen or maybe Barbara Streisand.

Debbie Mitchell, performance improvement director, appreciates the enthusiasm and energy that Kelly brings to staff development activities such as the SIM lab she managed last year for our nursing staff, our first-ever skills day in clinic, and special education events held during the OR construction period. She also appreciates her instrumental part in getting the Patient Family Advisory Council up and running. “Most recently she has helped support our department with the many challenging and ever-changing COVID response needs,” said Debbie. “Whether it be helping test kids in the driveway or helping field illness screening calls. She is such an asset to our team, and besides demonstrating the Shriners Hospitals for Children core value of teamwork, she just makes me laugh, which is an asset worth its weight in gold.”