Two Christiana Care Health System nurses — Lynn Weaver Campbell, BSN, RN-BC and Jacqueline Kreydt, BS, RN — won 2013 Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice awards from the Delaware Nurses Association (DNA) in partnership with the Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders.
These awards recognize nurses who consistently promote and excel in their profession and bring a positive approach to their area of nursing practice. Selected by peer review, Campbell won for Inpatient, Hospital-Based Nurse and Kreydt for New Registered Nurse Graduate.
Thirty-five years ago, Campbell, inspired by her mother who is a nurse, began her career in psychiatric nursing at Christiana Care. Currently, she divides her time among the Psychiatric Crisis Team in the Emergency Department, the Psychiatric Consult Liaison Service and medical-surgical floors.
Campbell shares the credit with her colleagues, “My co-workers throughout Christiana Care, in psychiatry as well as the medical-surgical floors, could all be nominated for an award of excellence. I see them perform miracles every day.”
Her nurse supervisor Steve Beltran, BSN-C, calls Campbell “a tremendous patient advocate who goes above and beyond in her services to others, embodies the core values of Christiana Care, and is truly an innovative thinker.”
For Kreydt, nursing is her second career. Formerly a recreation therapist, she became a nurse “to be closer to the patient’s care even before the recovery process.” Now, she works at Christiana Care’s Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital, where she is happy to be surrounded by “knowledgeable, hard-working staff who never stop teaching me new skills and helping me improve my current ones.”
Joyce Aboagye-Marfo, RN 3, CCRN, her mentor and sometimes charge nurse, cites Kreydt’s strengths: “She’s easily approachable, well-informed and compassionate.”
Said Janet Cunningham, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, CENP, vice president of professional excellence and associate chief nursing officer: “Jackie and Lynn exemplify Christiana Care’s standard for nursing excellence — the reason we are Magnet.”