The purpose of this special evening is to honor the Delaware Today Top Nurses who are chosen by their peers via a ballot prepared by the Delaware Nursing Association. The editors of Delaware Today have partnered with the association in order to offer a substantive feature that honors these dedicated professionals in the May issue of the magazine.

Below are the top vote-getters in each category. See the full list of 2017 Top Nurses here.

 

2017 Top Nurses

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

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
    Karen L. Schreiber
    APRN, CNM, MS
    Certified Nurse-Midwife, Nanticoke Women's Health

  • 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

  • Behavioral Health
    Jennifer S. Graber
    EdD, APRN, CS, BC
    Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing

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

  • Correctional Nurses
    Diane DiSabatino
    MSN, RN, PNP, ANCC, CCHP
    Program Manager, APN, Christ

  • Hospice

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

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

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

  • Long-Term Care
    Debby Miller
    BSN, BRN, BCPN
    Patient Flow Supervisor, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

  • Mentor
    Heather Haddock
    RN, MSN, CCE
    Clinical Educator-Maternal Child Health, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
  • Public Health
    Jerrianne Kuntz
    RN, BC
    Specialty Gastroenterology Nurse, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Volunteerism
    Darian Libby
    BSN, RN
    Labor and Delivery Nurse, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital

2016 Top Nurses

  • Academic Educator
    Jennifer Saylor
    PhD, RN, APRN-BC
    University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
    Amanda Wardwell
    RN, MS, WHNP-BC
    Westside Family Healthcare

  • Advancing and Leading the Profession
    Tiffani Lee
    MSN, RN, PCCN
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Behavioral Health
    Jennifer S. Graber
    EdD, APRN, CS, BC
    University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing

  • Case/Quality Management, Managed Care/Informatics
    Victoria Norris
    RN, BSN
    Nanticoke Health Services

  • Correctional Nursing
    Julie Scott
    RN
    Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children & George W. Hill Correctional Facility

  • Education and Mentorship
    Kimberly Mattison
    BSN, RN, PCCN
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Home Health / Hospice
    Clare L. Matis
    APRN, CNP
    Mark A. Glassman, MD & Delaware Hospice

  • Inpatient Clinical Nursing, Perioperative and Emergency
    Alexis Faust
    BS, RN, CEN, NREMT-P
    Beebe Healthcare

  • Long-Term Care / Rehabilitation
    Felisha Marcus Alderson
    MSN, RN, CRRN
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Nursing Legend
    Lucille Gambardella
    PhD, APN-BC, CNE, ANES
    Retired, Wesley College
  • Public Health, Community Health or Ambulatory Care
    Bethany Twardowski
    RN
    Christiana Care Health System
  • Volunteerism & Service
    Debby Miller
    BSN, RN, CPN
    Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

2015 Top Nurses

  • Anesthesiology
    Ronald R. Castaldo
    CRNA, MBA, MS, CCRN
    Anesthesia Services, PA

  • Certified Nurse Midwife
    Sandra (Sandy) Elliott
    CNM, MSN
    University of Delaware

  • Education (tie)
    Jo Ann M. Baker
    DNP(c), MSN, RN, FNP-C
    Delaware Technical Community College and Delaware Medical Care

  • Education (tie)
    Marianne Foard
    MS, BSN, RN
    Bayhealth Medical Center

  • Family
    Megan McNamara Williams
    DNP, FNP-C
    Beebe Healthcare

  • Geriatrics
    Jennifer F. Cormier
    RN, MSN, OCN, AGPCNP-BC
    Helen F. Graham
    Cancer Center & Research Institute

  • Home, Community, Ambulatory Care
    Evelyn R. Hayes
    PhD, MPH, FNP-BC
    University of Delaware

  • Mental Health
    Cindy Cunningham
    MSN, PMHCNS/NP
    La Red Health Center

  • Pediatrics/Neonatal (tie)
    Nancy Forsyth
    MSN, RN, NNP-BC
    Beebe Healthcare

  • Pediatrics/Neonatal (tie)
    Jean M. Gallagher
    MSN, RN, CPNP
    Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

2014 Top Nurses

 

  • Volunteerism and ServiceMoonyeen Klopfenstein
    MS, RN, IBCLC, CCE
    Christiana Care Health System (retired)

  • Patient and Staff ManagementBonnie Osgood
    MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Clinical Nursing | Inpatient (tie)Victoria Varga
    RN, ADN
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Nurse Practitioner | FamilyMegan McNamara Williams
    APRN, FNP-C
    Beebe Healthcare

  • Certified Nurse MidwifeSandy Elliott
    CNM, MSN, APRN
    University of Delaware

  • Clinical Nursing | Inpatient (tie)Elizabeth King
    BSN, RN-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist | Mental Health

    Cindy Cunningham
    RN, PMHCNS
    Delaware Technical Community College
    and ABR Counseling of Kent County

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist | GeriatricsDenise French
    MSN, RN, APN, GCNS-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Nurse Practitioner | SpecialtyLaTonya E. Mann
    RN, MSN, OCN, CRNI
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Advancing and Leading the ProfessionBethany Hall-Long
    Ph.D., RNC, FAAN
    University of Delaware

  • Academic EducatorJudith W. Herrman
    RN, ANEF
    University of Delaware

  • Nurse Practitioner | Geriatrics/AdultMary “Terry” Sybrant
    NP-C
    Shorecare of Delaware and Correct Care
    Solutions at the Department of Corrections

  • Home, Community and Ambulatory CareEvelyn R. Hayes
    Ph.D., MPH, FNP-BC
    University of Delaware

  • Nurse Practitioner | Pediatrics-NeonatalMartha Coppage-Lawrence
    RN, MSN, CPNP
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Certified RN AnesthetistRonald R. Castaldo
    CRNA, MBA, MS, CCRN
    Anesthesia Services, PA

  • Education and MentorshipMarianne Foard
    MS, BSN, RN
    Bayhealth Medical Center

  • Nurse Practitioner | Acute CareJessey Jennings
    RN, MSN, FNP-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist | Specialty Mary Jones Gant
    RRT, RN, MSN, CNS, CCM, APRN-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Pediatric Advanced Practice Nurse Deborah A. Fattori
    MSN, RN, PPCNP-BC
    Nemours, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

2013 Top Nurses

 

  • Academic Educator Kathleen Schell
    Ph.D., RN
    University of Delaware School of Nursing

  • Advancing and Leading the ProfessionNorine Watson
    MSN, RN, NEA-BC
    Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

  • Certified Nurse MidwifeSandy Elliot
    CNM, MSN, RN
    Bayhealth Medical Center and Christiana Care Health System

  • Certified Registered Nurse AnesthetistRobert McKennett
    CRNA, MA, MSN, NEA-BC
    Bayhealth Medical Center

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: Geriatrics-Adult-FamilyMaureen A. Seckel
    RN, APN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, CNS
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: Mental HealthMary Lou Hamilton
    MS, RN
    Delaware Technical Community College

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: Pediatrics-Maternal Child

    Melody Wireman
    RNC-OB, MSN, APRN
    Bayhealth Medical Center

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: SpecialtyDonna Mower-Wade
    RN, MS, CNRN, ACNS-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Clinical Nursing, InpatientAlana King
    MSN, RN, PCCN
    Bayhealth Medical Center

  • Education and MentorshipElizabeth L. Thomas
    MED, RN, NCSN, FNASN
    Delaware School Nurse Mentoring Program

  • Home, Community, Ambulatory CarePatricia Guilday
    RN, MSN, NCSN
    Brandywine School District

  • Nurse Practitioner: Acute CareLeslie Flowers Verucci
    RN, MSN, CRNP, APRN-BC
    Christiana Care Health System and Glasgow Medical Aid Unit

  • Nurse Practitioner: FamilyAllen V. Prettyman
    Ph.D., FNP-BC
    University of Delaware Nurse Managed Health Center

  • Nurse Practitioner: Geriatrics-AdultMark F. Mendell
    MSN, ANP, BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Nurse Practitioner: Pediatrics-NeonatalJean M. Gallagher
    MSN, RN, CPNP
    Nemours/DuPont Hospital for Children, Emergency Department

  • Nurse Practitioner: SpecialtyJanice Heinssen
    MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Patient Staff ManagementBonnie S. Osgood
    MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
    Christiana Care Health System

  • Volunteerism and ServiceMoonyeen Klopfenstein
    MS, RN, IBCLC, CCE
    Christiana Care Health System