Delaware Today Top Nurses

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The Delaware Nurses Association works to promote and support the nursing profession throughout the state of Delaware regardless of practice setting. Delaware Today magazine is the lifestyle authority in the First State and helps readers make informed decisions to enhance their lives. Together Delaware Today magazine and the Delaware Nurses Association bring you Delaware Today's Top Nurses. Top Nurses are featured in the May edition of the magazine to coincide with Nurses Week.

No one makes our list unless they were selected by their peers.~Mark Nardone, Delaware Today Magazine

Delaware Today reserves the right to determine how many runner-ups will be featured in each category, and how to utilize the results. As a statewide magazine, the Delaware Today staff strives to offer statewide representation.

Thank you for your participation in supporting and promoting the nursing profession throughout the state of Delaware!

The 2018 celebration of Top Nurses will be held at the Bella Vita at Cavaliers Country Club on May 17, 2018.
Categories for Delaware Today magazine Top Nurses

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
A nurse licensed at the Advanced Practice level (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Certified Nurse Midwife) who demonstrates advanced leadership skills, superior clinical knowledge and plays a pivotal role in providing quality care to patients, families and communities as well as serving as a role model and mentor through the art of advanced professional nursing.

Correctional Nursing
A RN or APRN who demonstrates superior nursing knowledge and expert clinical skills in optimizing health and delivery of health care to individuals, families, communities, and populations under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system as well as serving as an advocate for reducing environmental health risks for workers, patients, and others in the correctional setting.

Behavioral Health
A RN or APRN who demonstrates superior clinical nursing skills in advancing health and wellness promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.

Case/Quality Management, Managed Care/Informatics
A RN or APRN who demonstrates advanced management and communications skills as a community or hospital case manager, or in quality management, risk management, infection prevention, patient safety, utilization management and informatics as well as serving as a role model and mentor through the art of professional nursing.

Home Health/Hospice
A RN or APRN who demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge and an advanced ability to navigate system resources to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families in the home health care setting, hospice, or inpatient hospice.

Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation
A RN or APRN who demonstrates advanced knowledge of nursing interventions and superior coordination and collaborative skills in the nursing home setting, gerontology, services for disabilities, rehabilitative services, subacute/transitional unit.

Inpatient Clinical Nursing, Perioperative and Emergency
An RN or APRN who demonstrates superior clinical nursing knowledge and expert skills, and applies both in ways that measurably impact the quality of care and improve patient care outcomes in any inpatient clinical setting or nursing specialty.

Public Health, Community Health or Ambulatory Care 
An RN or APRN who exemplifies outstanding clinical knowledge, nursing expertise, and community involvement in caring for patients in settings outside the hospital as well as serving as a role model and mentor through the art of professional nursing.

Academic Educator
An academic nurse educator who excels at facilitating learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, and advisement in an academic program of nursing and who engages in research/scholarship and functions as a change agent and leader in higher education.

Education and Mentorship
An RN or APRN who demonstrates a high degree of ability to develop nurses through skills training or professional development programs, or who guides, supports or influences nurses' career development in meaningful, measurable ways in an institution or practice setting through the art of professional nursing.

Advancing and Leading the Profession
An RN or APRN who is well-known and respected as a visionary, innovative leader and change agent, who moves the profession forward through work in patient care administration, education or research, or strengthens it through other professional activities, endeavors or contributions.

Volunteerism and Service
An RN or APRN who gives of self in outstanding humanitarian and/or heroic ways by providing nursing care, skills and expertise in outreach to the community, either at home or abroad, to improve the lives, well-being, and healthcare of others.

Nursing Legend
The Nursing Legends Award is a one-time award presented to a retired nurse whose extraordinary contributions has significantly enhanced the nursing profession, impacted our society and whose work continues to impact the provision of health services in Delaware.