Annual awards celebrate nursing excellence, leadership

Annual awards celebrate nursing excellence, leadership

Linda Laskowski-Jones, left, and Shirley Moran, right, pose with 2012 Nursing Excellence Leadership Award winners Joan Pirrung and John McMillen

Each year during Nurses Week, the Professional Nurse Council of Christiana Care Health System recognizes nurses from throughout the nursing career spectrum for their commitment to excellence.

The awards presentations are the council’s most celebrated event of the year and help Christiana Care reach the goals of heightening the professional image of nursing and supporting the spirit of the professional advancement programs at Christiana Care.

Christiana Care’s nurses already have received prestigious praise for their efforts, and Christiana Care is the only health system in Delaware — and one of only 300 among the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals — to have achieved Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This year, Christiana Care’s Medical Intensive Care Unit again received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

This year the PNC and Professional Advancement Council partnered to honor nursing colleagues receiving the Nursing Excellence Award, those advancing on the clinical ladder and the Dot Fowler Award. The councils presented awards by clinical service line and shared with the recipients and guests why they were nominated by their peers.

Photo gallery: 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards

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Congratulations to the following nurses honored at this year’s annual ceremony

Advanced Practice

  • Denise Lyons, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, WISH Program Coordinator
  • Jo Melson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Pain & Palliative Care Team


  • Beth Fitzgerald, MSN, RN, CNOR, Perioperative Nurse Internship Manager
  • Sharon Vickers, MSN, RN, CEN, Clinical Decision Unit & Christiana Hospital ED

Non-Direct Care

  • Robert Arnold, RN, Vascular Access
  • Erica Harrell-Tompkins, BSN, RN-BC, WOC Nursing


  • John McMillen, MBA, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Nurse Manager 5C
  • Joan Pirrung, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, Manager Trauma Program

Newly Promoted RN IIIs

  • Shannon Collins, RN, 6B
  • Kim Eckerson, RN, 5A
  • Carolyn Hans, RN, 6B
  • Christine Klein, RN, 3A
  • Tanya Marandola, RN, RCA
  • Lisa Mosco, RN, 4S
  • Tiffany Snow, RN, 4D
  • Patricia Szczerba, RN, 3A
  • Janet Walter, RN, 6A
  • Jacqueline Youngerman, RN, Christiana Hospital ED

Outstanding RN IIIs

  • Mercy Badu-Nkansah, RN, 4S
  • Jennifer Begley, RN, CVCCC
  • Pamela Braithwaite, RN, LDR
  • Rose Brownstein, RN, Psych
  • Marie Cassalia, RN, CVCCC
  • Barbara Dean, RN, NICU
  • Nicole Donahue, RN, LDR
  • Carol Hart, RN, 6E
  • Stacy Holdinsky, RN, 6E
  • Julia Jordan, RN, Psych
  • Kathleen King, RN, Rehab
  • Lisa Mack, RN, Psych
  • Kathryn Mitchell, RN, 6E
  • Liz O’Neill, RN, Psych
  • Colleen Schwandt, RN, 6E
  • Susan Siano, RN, WHHC
  • Eva Smith, RN, 6E
  • Erin Stephens, RN, 6E
  • Cheryl Swift, RN, LDR
  • Genita Vandell, RN, Psych
  • Terry Vaughn, RN, TSU
  • Christina Wilson, RN, 6E

2012 Nursing Excellence Award Recipients

Cardiovascular/Critical Care

  • Megan Fallers, RN
  • Amanda Galloway, RN
  • Nicole Heap, RN
  • Kari Kelly, RN
  • Chris Otto, RN
  • Andrea Sweeny, RN
  • Olivia Taylor, RN
  • Adrienne Wharry, RN
  • Ashley Whittington, RN


  • Lisa Bowdle, RN
  • Coleen Dever, RN
  • Sarah Flanders, RN
  • Jaimee Messick, RN
  • Amy Stier, RN

Graham Cancer Center

  • Joanne Antonio, RN

Heart & Vascular

  • Patricia Gray, RN
  • Stacy Kohout, RN


  • Leah Boyd, RN
  • Shannon Collins, RN
  • Krista Davis, RN
  • Shernett Fowler, RN
  • Jini Hong, RN
  • Elsie King, RN
  • Nicole Marshall
  • Mark Mealo
  • Katie Mitchell, RN
  • Kendall Scott, RN
  • Jessica Shinn, RN
  • Liway Webb, RN


  • Pamela Boyd, RN
  • Catherine Currier, RN
  • Karin Emmett, RN
  • Marlena Gastunas, RN
  • Wanda Jenkins, RN
  • Michelle Killion, RN
  • Sally Nelson, RN
  • Cheryl Rohn, RN


  • Jeff Gerbe, RN
  • Alexandra Gouveia, RN
  • Beverly Helm, RN
  • Steve Larrimore, RN
  • Deana Perno, RN
  • Beth Tanzola, RN
  • Daniela Tocci, RN

Visiting Nurse Association

  • Audrey Gaillard, RN
  • Gina Krambeck, RN
  • Patricia Preston, RN


  • Rose Brownstein, RN
  • Cynthia Cantey, RN
  • Jeff Clarke, RN
  • Frances Dailey, RN
  • Karen Ellis-Brisbon, RN
  • Christine Hargrove, RN
  • Kathleen King, RN
  • Katie Melville, RN
  • Liz O’Neill, RN
  • Susan Siano, RN

Women & Children

  • Amy Baldwin, RN
  • Regina Cheeseborough, RN
  • Patricia Coyle, RN
  • Pamela Morris, RN
  • Kim Schoeffler, RN
  • Amy Staples, RN
  • Lesley Tepner, RN