Melissa Humphreys, a Registered Nurse at Upper Valley Medical Center for the past eight years, serves as a direct patient care nurse leader. Her knowledge and commitment to excellence are evident to her peers. Calm in stressful situations, Melissa is passionate about care for patients and their families. She is an excellent relationship builder who has developed trust with co-workers, physicians, and staff members. She works to bring positive change both at the unit and system levels. She was a member of the Bedside Reporting Work group, which developed standards for bedside reporting at Upper Valley Medical Center. She also served on the Venous Thrombo Embolism Task Force and the Fall Prevention group. Melissa has given presentations during nurse education days and continues to provide both formal and informal education for colleagues. Melissa brings creative ideas forward, engaging others to find ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of patient care. She continues to lead the team in improving patient satisfaction and core measures compliance. Her efforts have drawn notice: she has been recognized with the UVMC Nursing Excellence Award and as Precepter of the Year, among other awards. Melissa earned her A.S.N. at Edison State Community College and is enrolled in Ohio University’s B.S.N. program. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support.