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The nurses listed below are chosen by a survey of their professional peers. December through January, the Delaware Nurses Association conducted a survey on its web site with Delaware Today. 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 listed here marked by an asterisk. The survey is conducted, and the 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 achievements 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 nurse do not make the list.


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Academic Educator

Pia Inguito, PhD, RN
Director, Undergraduate BSN Programs, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Deborah Lykens, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Wilmington University and Christiana Cares Health System

Diane Rudolphi, RN, MS
Senior Instructor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Kathy Schell, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Susan Weaver, MSN, APRN, PCN-BC, CPN, CPAN​
Nursing Faculty, Delaware Technical Community College

Jennifer Wright MSN, RN, CDE​
Clinical Nurse Educator for Ambulatory Care, Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children

 

Advancing and Leading the Profession

Richard Cuming, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN​
Chief Nurse Executive, Christiana Care Health System

Shannon Guzman, MSN, MSM, RN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Danny Hamm, RN, BSN
Clinical Practice Coordinator, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, Christiana Care Health System

David Hancox, MSN, RN, MHA, NEA-BC
Senior Directing of Nursing – Acute Inpatient Services/ Day Medicine and Sedation, Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children

Tiffani Lee, MSN, RN, PCCN, NE-BC, SCRN​
Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Chrissy McCutcheon, BSN, RN
DMU/Sedation Nurse, Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children

Andrea Sweeny, MSN, RN-BC
Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

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

 

APRN

Janelle Bradway, BSN, RN-BC
MAU Nurse Facilitator, Christiana Care Health System

Michelle Collins, DNP, APRN, CNS, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, LSSBB​
Director, Nursing Professional Excellence, Christiana Care Health System

Vilma Davis, APRN, BC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Vijaya Yezdani

Pritiben Desai, MSN, RN, FNP-BC​
Family Nurse Practitioner & Endocrinology Specalist, Christiana Care Health System

Colleen M. Deturk, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, C-MP, NCMP
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Christina DiMarco, MSN, FNP-BC​
Nurse Practitioner Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Keith Fishlock, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPEN​
Clinical Nurse Specialist Emergency Services, Nemours Children’s Health System

Kathryn Hook, MSN, FNP-C, BSRT, CCRN, TCRN​
Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Jenny L. Hughes, MSN, APRN-C, FNP​
Family Nurse Practitioner, UD Nurse Managed Primary Care Center and Instructor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Kristine Jackson, RN, MSN, FNP-BC​
Family Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Thomas LaJudice, MSN, C-ANP​
Nurse Practitioner, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Christiana Care Health System

Steven Larrimore, FNP-C, MSN, CCRN, TCRN, ATCN​
Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Dannette A. Mitchell, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN​
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical Critical Care, Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Care Health System

Erin L.  Mitchell, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, SCRN

Lead Neurology Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Neurology Specialists

Jennifer Novack, MSN, RNC-OB, APRN​
Clinical Nurse Specialist Maternal/Child Health, Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus

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

Vani Ramdoss, MSN, APRN, FNP-C​
ACE Unit Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care of the Elderly, Christiana Care Health System

Elizabeth A. Sargent, MSN, RN, NP
Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Roberta Schofield, MSN, APRN, PCN-BC, CNOR
Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Nicole L. Scott, MSN, APN-BC
Practice Owner/ Adult Nurse Practitioner, Nicole L. Scott, NP-C Adult Primary Care LLC

Jessica Smallwood, MSN, APRN, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Oncology Hematology

Catherine Donahue Smith, APN, CDE​
Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Endocrinology

Jessica Steiger, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC​
Nurse Practitioner, Neuro Critical Care, Christiana Care Health System

Theresa Latorre Tegtmeier, MSN, APRN, FNP-C​
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Bayhealth

 

Behavorial Health

Nataleen Bauer, BSN, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Rasheeda Bonnacci
Christiana Care Health System

Maria Antoinette Clemente, RN II
​Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Care Health System

Shawna Mayles, RN, SANE
Behavorial Health Nurse, Beebe Health Care

Margaret Rafal, RN III
RN III-Direct Patient Care, Christiana Care Health System

 

Case Management

Deborah L. Bartell, RN, BSN
Senior Clinical Analyst, Christiana Care Health System

Susan Conaty-Buck, DNP, APRN, FNP-C​
Family Nurse Practitioner, UD Nurse Managed Primary Care Center and Assistant Professor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Donna Defilippis, RN, BSN
RN Case Manager – Cardiac Center, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Donielle Jolly, MS, BSN, RN
Nurse Case Manager, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Amy Linzey, BSN, RN
Transport RN, Nursing Supervision and Clinical Informatics, Christiana Care Health System

Kristin Papiro, MSN, RN, CAPA​
Performance Improvement Program Manager for Nursing Quality and Safety, Christiana Care Health System

Melissa Ramos, RN, BSN
Medical Nurse, Westside Family Healthcare

 

Education Mentorship

Christine Marie Brown, MSN, RN-BC, OCN
Nursing Professional Development & Education Specialist, Patient & Family Health Education Team Leader, Christiana Care Health System

Maria Brown, BSN, RNIII, PCCN​
Surgical and Musculoskeletal Service Line Magnet Master, Christiana Care Health System

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

Danielle Coyne, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Lisa Lietzke, MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN​
Clinical Nurse Educator for Emergency Services, Nemours/ Alfred l. duPont Hospital for Children

Jackie-Joe Lindo, DNP, APRN, NP-C
Independent Family Nurse Practioner, MedExpress

Stephanie Lowe, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN​
Nursing Professional Development Team Leader, Christiana Care Health System

Tara Miles, MSN, MSM, RN, CCRN, SCRN​
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Kathleen Mullaney, MSN, RN, ACCNS-P, CRNI 
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Mary Neeman, BSN, RN III, CCRN​
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Sidonie Salmon, MSN, FNP-C, PCCN
RN III, Christiana Care Health System

Colleen Schwandt, BSN, RN-BC
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Shari Tenner, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Learning Resources, Department of Nursing, Wesley College

Patricia Yancey, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner BC, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner BC
Nurse Practitioner/Coordinator, Christiana Care School-Based Health Center

 

Emerging Nurse Leader

Nataleen D. Bauer, BSN, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Deborah Bryant, MSN, FNP-BC
Director of Clinical Operations, Westside Family Healthcare

Babin Chandran BSN, PCCN, RN III
RN III, Westside Family Healthcare

Paige Hilberg, MBA, MSN, BSN, RN-BC
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Staci Kuhn, BSN, RN, CEN, NREMT
Transport RN, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Margaret Lafashia, MBA, BSN, RN
Clinical Outreach Education for Partner Hospitals, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Sawdia Letnianczyn, BSN, RN, CHFN​
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Paige Merring, BSN, RN, CCRN​
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System, Intensive Care Unit

Nicole Moody, MSN, RNC-NIC, ACCNS-P​
Instructor, University of Delaware School of Nursing and Registered Nurse, NICU, Christiana Hospital, Christiana Care Health System

Grace W. Ngamau, MSN, MSM/HCA, RN
Staff Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

Alison Purner, RN, MSN, CCRN​
Nurse Manager, HVIS, Christiana Care Health System

Jennifer Rowe, RN, BSN, MSN
Nursing Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System

Whitney Schoch, RN, BSN, CCRN​
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Flow Supervisor, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Kelsey Strowhouer, BSN, RN, CPN​
Clinical Nurse – 3 West, Nemours/Alfred I. dupont Hospital for Children

Gina Waithe, MSN, RN II, CNOR​
Peri-operative Services, Christiana Care Health System

Lauren Watson, BSN, RN
Patient Flow Supervisor – Perioperative Services, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 

Hospice Care

Jeanne Bach, RN, Oncology Certified
Case Manager, Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association

Lisa Carver, RN
Admissions Nurse, Vitas Healthcare

Martha Collins, RN-BC, COS-C
Clinical Educator, Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association

Jessica Burton Hall, RN, BSN
Clinical Team Lead, Beebe Healthcare Home Care Services

Kathleen Ingram, RN
Director of Professional Services, Heartland Hospice House

Stephanie Zimmerman, RN, BSN
RN-oncology/IV Specialty, Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association

 

Inpatient

Sarah Allison Johnson, RN, BSN, CPN​
Registered Nurse in the Day Medicine/Sedation Unit, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Valerie Salmon, RN, BSN, Board Certified in Gerontology
Registered Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

 

Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation

Dennis Asubonteng, MBA, MSN, RN-BC, CRRN​
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital

Toccara Barber, RN, CRRN, BSN
Registered Nurse, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown

Hilary Chavis, MSN, RN
Nurse Unit Manager, ManorCare Health Services – Pike Creek

Guirlene Clervoix, MSN, FNP-C​
Family Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Hospital, Christiana Care Health System

Tonya Kenney, BSN, RN
Staff Development Coordinator, Foulk Manor North/Five Star Senior Living

Rebecca Lambert, BSN, SNP, BS
Nurse Practitioner, TeamHealth

Jessicah Michira, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing, The Lorelton

 

LPN-Clinical Practice

Helen Akande, RN, LPN​
Supervisor, The Lorelton

Barbara L. Elliott, LPN
Endicrinology Specialist, Christiana Care Health System

Nancy Mirkovic, LPN
LPN Chart Auditor for Quality Assurance and Utilization Review, Delaware Psychiatric Center

Stephen Savage, LPN​
Licensed Practical Nurse, Christiana Care Health System

 

LPN-Emerging Leader

Biko Miregwa, LPN
LPN Supervisor, The Lorelton

 

LPN-Home Health

Ellen Zaccardelli, LPN​
Home Health Nurse, Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association

 

LPN-Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation

Juliette Ekid, LPN​
Charge Nurse, The Lorelton

Nicholas Nguyen, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse, Genesis Healthcare

 

LPN-Volunteerism and Service

Amy Markland, LPN
HEDIS Nurse, Cigna/Delaware Technical Community College

Edy Morales Yok, LPN​
Office of Public Health Nursing, State of Delaware

 

Nurse Innovator

Susan A. Carrier, RN, BSN, MBA, CCDS, CPC
Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Improvement Program Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Mary Ciechanowski, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K​
Comprehensive Stroke Program Coordinator, Christiana Care Health System

Amy Cowperthwait, RN, MSN, BC-ACNS, CHSE​
Instructor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Susan Foster, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Nurse Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Christiana Care Health System

Jackie-Joe Lindo, DNP, APRN, NP-C
Independent Family Nurse Practioner, MedExpress

Kim Scott BSN, MS, RN-BC
Clinical Nursing Informatics Manager, Bayhealth   

 

Nursing Legend

Pat Fenimore, CCRN, CNRN, BSN
Staff RN, Christiana Care Health System

Judy Herman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN​
Professor Emerita/ Adjunt Professor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Alberta Regan, MSN, MA, BSN, RN
Delaware Nurses Association Continuing Education Committee
Retired, Delaware Technical Community College

 

Public Health, Ambulatory

Sara Bell, RN
Prenatal Nurse, Westside Family Healthcare

Sandy Glen-Vernon, MS, RN, CCRN, NHDP-BC​
Nurse Clinician Level V Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team, Nemours/ Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Sarah M. Hinkle, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CCRN-K​
Neurology Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Stacie Holdinsky, MSN, FNP-C​
Family Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Penny Lewis, DNP, FNP, BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Christiana Care Health System

Theresa Shelley McVey, BSN, RN-BC
Nurse Supervisor, Wilmington Primary Care, Christiana Care Health System

Victoria Varga, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-C​
Family Nurse Practitioner, Wilson Primary Care, Christiana Care Health System

 

Volunteerism and Service

Linda Abbott, RN
Medical Surgical Nurse, Beebe Health Care

Vilma Davis, APRN, BC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Vijaya Yezdani

Jennifer Graber, Ed.D., APRN, PMNCNS-BC
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware School of Nursing

Shannon L. Guzman, MSN, MSM, RN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Assistant Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System

Michelle Wheeler, MS, BSN, RN, CNML​
Clinical Operations Director, Christiana Care Health System

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