Title: School Nurse
Company: Saint Viator High School
Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Pamela M. Kelly, school nurse at Saint Viator High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in infection control and procedural nursing.
Driven by a lifelong desire to pursue a career in the medical field, Ms. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Mary’s College in 2005 and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in emergency planning and disaster management from Benedictine University in 2012. She is a registered nurse with received certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and conscious sedation and has worked in intensive care and operating room settings. Ms. Kelly began her career as a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center in 2005 and became a clinical account manager for KCI Medical from 2008 to 2009. She joined Loyola Medicine in 2011 and spent the next two years focusing on radiology nursing and special procedures before transferring to cardiovascular and thoracic surgical nursing.
In her current role at Saint Viator High School, Ms. Kelly is responsible for immunizations, dental and vision care, and day-to-day care for students and faculty. Ms. Kelly is active in her community and works with Men and Women of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as an outreach program aiming to bring winter coats and Christmas gifts to children in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago. She maintains professional affiliations with organizations such as the National Association of School Nurses, the Illinois Association of School Nurses, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
Ms. Kelly is proud to be the first school nurse in Saint Viator High School history and holds the Loyola Medicine thoracic transplant team record for most transplants completed in a time period, with ten organs placed in under 22 hours. In recognition of her contributions to the field, Ms. Kelly has been honored with two Spirit of Nursing Awards from St. Mary’s College and Benedictine University, and the Magis Award for Exemplary Care of Patients Award from Loyola University each year from 2009 to 2019. Above all, she attributes her success to her hard work and passion for nursing. Looking toward the future, her goal is to continue her career as a school nurse and do what is best for her family as well as her community.
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