Walls, Dulin Named Nurses of the Year

Staff Report

The nurses at Bayhealth are an asset to the community. This love stems from the care Bayhealth nurses provide to each patient. The Nurses of the Year at Bayhealth Kent General and Milford Memorial are perfect examples of how patients are treated with respect and shown compassion every day.

Bayhealth is proud to announce Clinical Coordinator Matthew Walls, MSN, RN, CNOR, and Clinical Coordinator Melissa Dulin, RN, BSN, OCN, are the Nurses of the Year for Kent General and Milford Memorial.

An 18-year employee of Bayhealth, Walls started out as an anesthesia tech and moved his way up to clinical coordinator in the Milford Memorial Operating Room. Winning Nurse of the Year is exciting and a big honor, Walls said. His nominator said Walls is a leader who encourages his coworkers to advance their careers. He strives to provide a good working environment and top quality care for the community.

“There’s always been a standard at Bayhealth that you have to do more,” Walls said. “That standard kept me going, pushing me and driving me to do more; to do more for the patients and the staff as well. I enjoy working here and the chance I’ve been given to make a difference in someone else’s life.”



Dulin, according to her nominator, is an all-around great nurse. She possesses in-depth knowledge of the diagnosis and treatments of patients in Oncology, is an amazing mentor, and goes above and beyond to make sure every patient gets the care they desire and deserve. “Her kindness is legendary and she always has a smile on her face,” the nominator wrote.

After losing a childhood friend to cancer, Dulin was driven to become an oncology nurse. Winning Nurse of the Year was overwhelming and not at all something she expected, she said. “I like helping people and making a difference. My job allows me to take their mind off of their cancer and treatment for a little while,” Dulin said. “Bayhealth is a family, especially the staff in my department.”

Bayhealth congratulates our Nurses of the Year and the other nominees. Families can visit to learn about nursing opportunities at Bayhealth.



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