Kelly Townsend has been a nurse for 37 years, and an Emergency Room nurse for 30 of those years. She is board certified in Emergency Nursing and has over a decade of experience teaching TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course) classes. She started traveling as an ER nurse in 2002 and has worked at 27 different hospitals between then and 2019. She previously worked at Southern Inyo Hospital from 2009 to 2013 before returning to work here again in 2020.
Kelly was born in Syracuse, New York but lived in San Antonio, Texas for most of her life. Her interests include genealogy, hiking, and visiting national parks. She enjoys the outdoors; she and her husband recently purchased electric bikes that they’re planning to ride this summer.
When asked what inspired her to pursue a career in healthcare, Kelly says she has always loved helping people and that she knew from a young age she wanted to be a nurse. She believes that it is essential to have compassion and empathy in order to be a good nurse, and that when she’s treating patients, she does so as if she’s treating her own family. After 37 years, she still enjoys her work, and she’s never gotten burned out from taking care of others.
Kelly says she loves Lone Pine and Southern Inyo Hospital, which is why she decided to come back to work here after so many years of traveling. From all of us at SIHD and the community, thank you Kelly for your unwavering dedication and service excellence!