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The nurses listed below are chosen by a survey of their professional peers. December through January, the Delaware Nurses Association with Delaware Today conducted a survey on its website. The survey asked nurses across the state who they considered best in various areas of practice. Only Delaware-licensed nurses were able to vote. The top vote-getters are marked here by an asterisk. The survey is conducted, and winners verified, entirely by the Delaware Nurses Association and the editors of Delaware Today, with no help or influence from the advertising or marketing departments or outside agents.


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Winners are notified only after the results are verified and the list finalized. Affiliates of the nurses may choose to purchase advertising in this issue of Delaware Today, subsequent issues and-or other Delaware Today-Today Media Inc. titles, and they may choose to promote their achievement in those ads, but it has no bearing on the results. Unlike many referral publications and other services, Delaware Today does not include names suggested or recommended by readers. The list is based exclusively on balloting by practicing Delaware-licensed nurses. Delaware Today regrets that many excellent nurses do not make the list. 


For more information on our Excellence in Nursing event on May 24, 2017, click here


 

ACADEMIA

William T. Campbell, EdD, RN
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Henson College of Science and Technology, Salisbury University

 

Kent Gory, MSN, RN, CNE
Coordinator, Practical Nursing Program, Polytech Adult Education

 

Carolee Polek, RN, Ph.D., AOCNS, BMTCN
Associate Professor, University of Delaware

 

Kathy Riley-Lawless, Ph.D., RN, PNP-BC
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

 

Karen L. Rollo, MSN, RN
Department Chair and Instructional Director, Delaware Technical Community College, Stanton Campus

 

Jennifer Saylor, Ph.D., APRN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

 

Susan Weaver, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, CPAN
​Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Elizabeth L. Bowen, RN, BSN, MSN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pre-surgical Department, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Shirley Brogley, ACHPN, ANP-BC
Lead Nurse Practitioner, Supportive and Palliative Care, Christiana Care Health System, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute

 

Ronald R. Castaldo, PhD, MBA, MS, CRNA, APRN
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesia Services, PA

 

John Deutsch, CRNA, MSN
Clinical Coordinator for Obstetrics and Women’s Health, Christiana Care Health System; Adjunct Professor, Drexel University

 

Tim Eden, DNP, RN, APRN, ANP-BC
​Neurointerventional Surgery Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

 

Maureen Egan, MSN, APRN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nemours 
DuPont Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology

 

Stephanie McDonnaugh-Washam, MSN,FNP-C, ANP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner, Westside Family Healthcare

 

Heather Panichelli, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, CPEN
​APRN Clinical Nurse Specialist, Christiana Care Emergency Department

 

Gregory F. Parr, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Karen L. Schreiber, APRN, CNM, MS
Certified Nurse-Midwife, Nanticoke Women’s Health

 

Susan Weaver, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, CPAN
Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

ADVANCING THE PROFESSION

Shirley Brogley, ACHPN, ANP-BC
Lead Nurse Practitioner, Supportive and Palliative Care, Christiana Care Health System, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute

 

Loretta B. Ostroski, MSN, RN
Director of Patient Care Services, Beebe Healthcare

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

 

Nataleen Bauer, BSN, RN
Behavioral Health Nurse, Beebe Healthcare

 

Jennifer S. Graber, EdD, APRN, CS, BC
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

 

Aliesha S. Rivera, MSN, RN-BC
Staff Development Specialist, Department of Behavioral Health, Christiana Care Health System

 

CASE MANAGEMENT

 

Aquaya Atwater, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse Case Manager, Christiana Care Health System

 

Amber Brown, BSN, RN
Quality Improvement Specialist, Nanticoke Health Services

 

Carlene J. Campbell, MS, RN
Associate Professor, Wor-Wic Community College

 

Susan Conaty-Buck, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor, Interim Coordinator NP/DNP Program, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Delaware 

 

Laura D. Cooper, BSN, RN
Senior Clinical Informaticist, Nanticoke Health Services

 

Nancy C. Saveikis, RNBS, RN
Case Manager, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

CORRECTIONAL NURSES

 

Diane DiSabatino, MSN, RN, PNP, ANCC, CCHP
Program Manager, APN, Christiana Care Health System

 

HOSPICE

 

Ellen Somori Faber, MSN, RN
Admissions/Hospital Relations Coordinator, Beebe Healthcare Home Care Services

 

Gregory F. Parr, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

INPATIENT

 

Amy Balasus, BSN, RN-BC
Patient Care Coordinator, Beebe Healthcare

 

Melissa L. Brittingham, RN
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Tonia Patrice Brown, RN
Registered Nurse, Surgical Services, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Kathleen DiGuglielmo, BSN, RN, PCCN
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

 

Danielle Gomez, BSN, RN-BC
Intensive Care Unit RN, Christiana Care Health System 

 

Lindsey Hertsenberg, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

 

Sarah Joy, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, PCCN
Registered Nurse III, Christiana Care Health System

 

Deborah L. Lane, RN, BSN
ICU Charge Nurse, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Elise Powell, RN, BSN
ICU RN, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Olivia S. Ringer, RN, CCRN 
Neuro Critical Care Unit, Christiana Care Health System 

 

Frances D. Smith, RN, BS
Women’s Health Nurse, St. Francis Hospital

 

Ashley Tull, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Amanda E. Williams, BSN, RN-BC
Registered Nurse III, Christiana Care Health System

 

LEGEND

 

Eleanor G. Allione, RN, MSM
Retired, Yoh Healthcare

 

Ruth T. Hudson, RN
Retired, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Jean M. Russell, BSN, RN, CRNI
Retired, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Ruth A. Sneller, RN
Retired, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

LONG-TERM CARE

 

Felisha Marcus Alderson, MSN, RN, CRRN
Nurse Manager, Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital

 

Debby Miller, BSN, BRN, BCPN
Patient Flow Supervisor, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

MENTOR

 

Vilma M. Davis, MSN, APRN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Heather Haddock, RN, MSN, CCE
Clinical Educator-Maternal Child Health, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Lauri Littleton, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Nurse Manager Unit 4C, Interim Nurse Manager Vascular Access Team, Christiana Care Health System

 

Karen Nestor, MSN, APRN, PCNS, CPN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Carolee Polek, RN, Ph.D., AOCNS, BMTCN
Associate Professor, University of Delaware

 

Gail H. Wade, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor Nursing and Adviser for Preconception Peer Educators, University of Delaware

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Vilma M. Davis, MSN, APRN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Jerrianne Kuntz, RN, BC
Specialty Gastroenterology Nurse, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Stephanie McDonnaugh-Washam, MSN, FNP-C, ANP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner, Westside Family Healthcare

 

Frances A. Russo-Avena, RN, MSN, MSM
School Nurse, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Warner Elementary School

 

Frances A. Russo-Avena, RN, MSN, MSM RN II
Christiana Care Health System, Perioperative Services

 

VOLUNTEERISM

 

Darian Libby, BSN, RN
Labor and Delivery Nurse, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Emmalee Mancuso, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Emergency Services, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

 

Colin McLaughlin, RN, BSN, RNFA
Orthopedic Specialty Leader, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

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