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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 web site. 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.


Related: How Delaware’s Nursing Schools Are Evolving


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, 17, 2018, click here


Academic Educator

Jacqueline W. Heneghan, EdD, RN
Instructor, Delaware Technical Community College Adjunct, Wilmington University

Christine R. Hoch, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Nursing Instructor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Jenny L. Hughes, MSN, APN, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Managed Primary Care Center
Instructor, Doctorate of Nursing Practic Program, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Paula R. Klemm, PhD, RN
Director of Graduate Practice Programs, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Margaret O. McElligott, MSN, RN
Instructor of Nursing and Simulation Coordinator, Wesley College Department of Nursing

Rita J. Nutt, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor, Salisbury University

Tamala D. Paxton, RN-BC, MS, CNE
Assistant Professor, Wesley College Department of Nursing

Nancy D. Rubino, EdD, MN, RN-BC, CNE
Professor of Nursing and Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, Wesley College Department of Nursing

Diane Rudolphi, RN, MS
Clinical Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Adviser for the Student Nurses Organization, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Michelle Solimeo, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System Institute for Learning, Leadership and Development (iLead)

Dorothea M. Winter, PhD, RN
Professor of Nursing, Salisbury University

 

Advancing and Leading the Profession

Christine Babenko, MJ, MSN, RN, CHC, CCEP
Corporate Compliance Officer, Christiana Care Health System

Lynne E. Bayne, PhD, RN, APRN, NNP-BC
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Christiana Care Health System

Monica M. Boyle, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager 3 West, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Tara Cooper, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Beebe Healthcare

Felicia N. Cruz, BSN, RN-BC
Clinical Practice Leader, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital

Ric Cuming, EdD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse Executive, Christiana Care Health System

Devona Fields, MSN, RN, PCCN
Clinical Professional Development Manager and Pathway Coordinator, Beebe Healthcare

Kristen M. Foulk, MSN, MS, RN, PCCN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Trauma/Surgery/TSU, Christiana Care Health System

Shannon Guzman, RN, MSN, MS, RN-BC
Assistant Nurse Manager, Stroke Treatment and Recovery Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Kellie Kessler, MSN, RN, CCRN
Radiology Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Noreen Kessler, RN, MSN, CCRN
Clinician V, Critical Care Transport Team, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Anne M. Krouse, PhD, MBA, RN-BC
Professor and Associate Dean for Education and Practice, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Morgan J. Mast, MSN, RN, CNE
Nursing Instructor, Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, Beebe Healthcare

Grace Ngamau, MSN, MSM/HCA, RN
Staff Nurse, Postpartum Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Rick Pessagno, DNP, APRN, FAANP
Psychiatric-End of Life Care Consultant and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Thanatologist, Meridian Behavioral Health

Candace L. Sandal, DNP, MBA, APRN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
Health Services Manager and Continuing Education Coordinator, Dow Chemical Company
CEO of Up and Away Travel Health

Aaron M. Sebach, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CEN, CPEN
Chair, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Wilmington University College of Health Professions

Marlo Silverio, MSN RN
Executive Nurse Leader in Nursing Education, Delaware Department of State, Delaware Veterans Home
Adjunct Nursing Instructor, Wilmington University College of Health Professions

Laura Smith, MSN, RN
Clinical Professional Development-Clinical Nurse Educator, Beebe Healthcare

Pamela J. Tyranski, RN, BSN, MBA
President, The Blackshire Group LLC

 

APRN

Stacey O. Bachman, MSN, CPNP-PC
Advanced Practice Nurse Supervisor, General Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, PICU, Emergency Department, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Lynne E. Bayne, PhD, RN, APRN, NNP-BC
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Christiana Care Health System

Deborah Bryant, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Westside Family Healthcare

Stephanie W. Carver, MSN, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC
Pediatric Critical Care Advanced Practice Nurse, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Laura M. Dechant, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Heart, Vascular and Interventional Services, Christiana Care Health System

Elizabeth H. Frederick, RN, MHA, MSN, CCRN, ACNP-BC
Vascular Nurse Practitioner, Beebe Healthcare Vascular Services

Deborah A. Hassler, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, TCRN
Lead Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Nicole M. Heap, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Cardiovascular Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Nancy K. Homan, MSN, MBA, MHS, APRN-BC
APN Perioperative Services, Christiana Care Health System

Charlene Madanat, FNP-C, MSN
BMG Hospitalist Group, Beebe Healthcare

Cyndi W. Martin, APRN, ANP-C, MSN, AOCNP
Nurse Practitioner, Bayhealth Hematology/Oncology Associates

Lisa Rossi McCalister, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Health/Urgent Care Nurse Practitioner, Bayhealth Medical Center Occupational Health/Urgent Care

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

Joan Pirrung, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC
Director of Clinical Operations for Trauma at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals, Christiana Care Health System

Maureen Springer, MSN, APRN-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Surgery, Christiana Care Health System

Bernadette Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner/Lead Healthcare Provider, Optum

Nicole Urban, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

 

Behavioral Health

Rebecca L. Benson, DNP, PMHCNS-BC
Associate Professor of Nursing, Wesley College

Gregory D. Cooper, MSN, APRN-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Delaware Behavioral Health

Rick Pessagno, DNP, APRN, FAANP
Psychiatric-End of Life Care Consultant and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Thanatologist, Meridian Behavioral Health

Aliesha S. Rivera, MSN, RN-C
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Bradley Stanford Why, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Bancroft Behavioral Health

Tanya Wilson, LPN, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP
Advanced Practice Nurse, Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, Recovery Centers of America, Christiana Care Medical Aid Units-Christiana Care Health System, Connections Community Support Programs

 

Correctional Nursing

Carla C. Miller, MSN, APRN, CNP
Statewide Director of Clinical Services, Connections Community Support Programs

Daniel J. Saxton, RN
Chronic Care Nurse Connections Community Support Programs

Lugenia Tillman, RN, BSN, CCHP
Infection Control Nurse, BLS CPR Instructor, Connections Community Support Programs

 

Case Management

Amanda Bertoncini, RN
Registered Nurse II, Emergency Department, Beebe Healthcare

Linda Daniel, RN, MSN, CPHQ
Director, Quality and Patient Safety, Women’s and Children’s Services, Christiana Care Health Services

Gwendolyn Ebbert, MSN, BA, RN, CPHQ, RN-BC, LSSGB
Nursing Quality and Safety Performance Improvement Program Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Lorraine Focht, RN, CRRN
Rehabilitation Nurse Case Manager, Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Care Health System

Alyssa Hamm, BSN, RN-BC
Carelink CareNow Nurse Care Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System

Kathryn Hundley, MSN, RN
Risk Management Specialist, Beebe Healthcare

Janinne M. Latavitz, MSN, RN, CCM, IQCI
Manager of Care Management, Christiana Care Health Services

Georgiana Wall Ibach, MSN, RN
Utilization Review, Beebe Healthcare

Kelly McGillen, BSN, RN, CPN
Clinical Informatics Specialist, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Anna Nonnemacher, BSN, RN, PCCN
Patient Care Facilitator, Christiana Care Health System

Ginny Pugh, BSN, RN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System

Elizabeth A. Richardson, MSN, MPH, RN
Manager, Infection Prevention, Beebe Healthcare

Karen Sites, RN, BSN, OCN
Case Manager Supervisor, Christiana Care Health System

Jessi L. Wyatt, MSN, MBA, RN
Registered Nurse III, State of Delaware Child Development Watch

 

Home Health-Hospice Care

Elaine Ingram, RN
Home Health Nurse, Beebe Healthcare

Kiernan Quay, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Beebe Healthcare

Kara Welcher, BSN, RN-BC
Community Nurse Liaison, Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association

 

Inpatient

Justin W. Bartels, RN-BC, BSN, BA
Registered Nurse II, Wilmington Hospital 4/5 Medical, Christiana Care Health System

Patricia Bowker, BSN, RN, CCRN
Registered Nurse III, Staff Nurse MICU, Christiana Care Health System

Susan M. Bunting, RN
Charge Nurse and Systems Administrator, Beebe Healthcare

Hilary J. Chavis, MSN, RN, CLC
Mother/Baby Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Margaret C. DeAngelis, RN, ADN
Clinical Nurse, III/ Stepdown Unit, Beebe Healthcare

Karin R. Emmett, BSN, RN, CNOR
Operating Room Nurse, Christiana Care Health Services

Abigail A. Greenage, RN, BSN, CNOR
Registered Nurse II, Christiana Care Health Services

Deborah A. Hassler, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, TCRN
Lead Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Crystal Hogate, MSN, RN, PCCN
Registered Nurse III, 6 South Stepdown, Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Care Health System

Nancy K. Homan, MSN, MBA, MHS, APRN-BC, APN
Perioperative Services, Christiana Care Health System

Paula Loder, BSN, RN-BC
Registered Nurse, Medical Surgical Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Deborah Lykens, MSN, RN-BC
​Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Jill Shore Petrone, BSN, RN, CCRN
Intensive Care Nurse, Beebe Healthcare

Kaci A. Rainey, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, Christiana Care Health System

Steven Rawheiser RN, BSN, CCRN
Charge Nurse-Staff Nurse, Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team, Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Josie M. Robinson, RN, CEN
Registered Nurse, Trauma Clinical Leader Team, Christiana Emergency Department, Christiana Care Health System

Ca’ren Michelle Royal, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Kate Santry, BSN, RN
Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Department, Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital

Kelly A. Saville, BSN, RN-BC
Registered Nurse III, Christiana Care Health System

Jennifer Schulak, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Jessica Schwartz, MSN, RN, PCCN
Registered Nurse III, Transitional Medical Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Everett C. Sparks, RN, COHN-S/CM, RN-WCCM
Senior Workers Compensation Case Manager, Anbar Consulting Inc. at W. L. Gore & Associates

Beth Street, BSN-BS
Registered Nurse, 5A Medical Surgical Stepdown Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Brooke Talbot, RN
Medical Surgical and Pediatric Registered Nurse, Beebe Healthcare

Kelli A. Troyer, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Perianesthesia Fellowship Coordinator, Perianesthesia Services, Christiana Care Health System

Adam Whitlock, MSN, MBA, RN, CTRN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN
Staff Nurse, Early Nurse Intervention Team, Beebe Healthcare

Karen M. Worthy, RN
Registered Nurse II, Christiana Care Health System

Taryn Zimmerman, RN, CCRN
Early Nurse Intervention Team, Beebe Healthcare

 

Legend

Joy A. Bartell, MSN, RN, CNE
Faculty (retired), Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, Beebe Healthcare

Kathy L. Micale, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
Retired, Christiana Care Health Services

Eleanor G. Allione, RN
Retired

 

Long-Term Care/Rehabilitiation

Sherine Eaddy, RN, CRRN
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health Services

Denise L. Lyons, DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist and WISH Program Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Marlo Silverio, MSN RN
Executive Nurse Leader in Nursing Education/Adjunct Nursing Instructor, State of Delaware Department of State, Delaware Veterans Home and Wilmington University College of Health Professions

 

Mentor

Deborah Bryant, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Westside Family Healthcare

Tracy Campbell, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CCRN
Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Hilary J. Chavis, MSN, RN, CLC
Mother/Baby Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Martha Collins, RN-BC
Clinical Preceptor, Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association

Darla Davidson, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Wesley College

Barbara L. Feeny, MSN, RN-BC, HN-BC
Staff Education Manager, Nursing School Faculty Affiliations Coordinator, Nursing Professional Development and Education, Institute for Learning, Leadership & Development (iLEAD), Christiana Care Health System

Kimberly J. Hollowell, MSN, CCHP-RN
Nursing Education Program Coordinator for Correctional Healthcare, Connections Community Support Programs

Mary Pat Laws, MSN, RN, CRRN
Registered Nurse III, Christiana Care Health System

Nikkole Lee, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health Care Services

Deborah Lykens, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Jessica Madiraca, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN-K
Instructor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Julie E. Miles, RN
Medical Surgical Nurse, Beebe Healthcare

Tara Miles, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Grace Ngamau, MSN, MSM/HCA, RN
Staff Nurse, Postpartum Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Lorraine Nowakowski-Grier, DNP, MSN, APRN, BC, CDE
Inpatient Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

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

Amy E. Sutor, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Brooke Talbot, RN
Medical Surgical and Pediatric Registered Nurse, Beebe Healthcare

Susan Volk, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN
Program Manager, POETS, Christiana Care Health System

Adam Whitlock, MSN, MBA, RN, CTRN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN
Staff Nurse, Early Nurse Intervention Team, Beebe Healthcare

Tricia Wingate, MSN, RN
Faculty, Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, Beebe Healthcare

Pete Zingone, RN
Emergency Department Fellowship Coordinator, ENIT, Beebe Medical Center

 

Public Health

Kathleen Boyer, MSN, RN
Injury Prevention Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System

Deborah Bryant, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Westside Family Healthcare

Mary Ellen Dietz, RN
Staff Nurse, Christiana Care CareNow Medical Aid Units

Melissa A. Garvey, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CTRN
Family Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care CareNow Medical Aid Units

Beatrice Gaynor, PhD, ARNP, FNP-C
Assistant Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Cynthia Griffin, RN, BSN, MS, CPHQ, CCM
Chief Nursing Officer, Community Care, Medical Group of Christiana Care Health System

Noreen Kessler, RN, MSN, CCRN
Clinician V, Critical Care Transport Team, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Karen A. Kleinschmidt, M.Ed., RN, NCSN
Lead Nurse, Christina School District

Colleen Matthews, RN
Medical Triage Nurse, Westside Family Healthcare

Gwen Pellicciotti, RN, PHRN
Critical Care Transport Nurse, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Lisl D. Phelps, RN, MSN
Nurse Consultant, Delaware Division of Public Health

Lisa Rohlfing, RN, BSN, MSN
Case Manager, AmeriHealth Caritas

Keeley Scott, BSN, RN
Nurse, Medical Group of Christiana Care, Health Care Center at Christiana

Jessi L. Wyatt, MSN, MBA, RN
Registered Nurse III, State of Delaware Child Development Watch

 

Volunteerism-Service

Ellen B. Coyle, MS, RN, PCCN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Danielle Gomez, MSN, RN-BC
Surgical Critical Care Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Deborah A. Hassler, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, TCRN
Lead Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Danielle LeGates, RN
Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery, Beebe Healthcare

Margaret O. McElligott, MSN, RN
Instructor of Nursing and Simulation Coordinator, Wesley College Department of Nursing

Melissa C. Minor-Brown, MSN, RN
Resident Services Director, Somerford House & Place of Newark

La Vaida Owens-White, MSN, RN
Faith Community Nurse, Ninth Ward Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Agnes Sax van der Weyden RN, CCRN, PHRN
Critical Care Transport Nurse, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

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