Paula Smallwood, MSN, RN, has been appointed nurse manager of the Surgical Critical Care Complex.
Smallwood received her MSN from Wesley College and an associate’s degree in nursing from Delaware Technical and Community College.
She completed the Advisory Board Fellowship program and currently is certified as a nurse executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of the Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders and was a DNA Nursing Excellence finalist in 2011.
Smallwood has over 20 years’ nursing leadership experience. She began her career as a staff nurse on 5E/5W at Wilmington Hospital. She briefly worked at St. Francis Hospital as the director of Critical Care and Emergency Nursing before returning to Christiana Care in 2004 as the nurse manager of the GI Labs.
She was promoted to a senior nurse manager, responsible for the GI Labs, Hemodialysis, Vascular Access Nursing and Radiology Nursing. Most recently she served as the interim nurse manager for the Surgical Critical Care Complex.