Christiana Care nurses honored among Delaware Today 2016 Top Nurses

Of the 90 Delaware licensed nurses chosen as Top Nurses by their peers through a poll by the Delaware Nurses Association, Christiana Care nurses received 32 of the awards. The awardees are listed in the May issue of Delaware Today magazine. Four Christiana Care nurses were named category winners:

  • Tiffani Lee, MSN, RN, PCCN, nurse manager, 6C Star Unit, Christiana Hospital, for Advancing/Leading the Profession.
  • Kimberly Mattison, BSN, RN, PCCN, Staff Development Specialist, nurse manager, for Education and Mentorship.
  • Felisha Marcus Alderson, MSN, RN, CCRN, Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital, for Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation.
  • Bethany Twardowski, MSN, RN, HIV Primary Care Nurse, for Public Health, Community Health or Ambulatory Care.

Ten of the awardees who made the magazine’s 2015 list were recognized again this year. Several Christiana Care nurses received awards in more than one category.

“Recognizing Christiana Care Health System registered nurses at a statewide level via Delaware Today reaffirms the commitment our nursing staff has to the community and population we serve,” said Christopher E. Otto, BSN, RN, CHFN, PCCN, chair of Christiana Care’s Professional Nurse Council. “Our nurses are leaders within the organization and also in the community. This professional excellence and expert, innovative care has earned Christiana Care Health System two MAGNET designations. Congratulations to the entire nursing staff and Happy Nurses’ Week 2016!”

Dot Fowler recognized as ‘Nursing Legend’

Dot Fowler, MSN, RN-BC, APRN, professional advancement coordinator, was one of three winners in the Nursing Legend category — and the only one of the three who is not currently retired.

Fowler has been a registered nurse for 38 years. From 1978 until 1991 she worked exclusively in the care of perinatal patients. She was nurse manager in Labor & Delivery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) from 1991 until 1995. In 1996 she joined Christiana Care as nurse manager in Labor and Delivery, while continuing as a nurse practitioner providing obstetrical triage care at HUP until 1998. In 1998 she became director of Patient Care Services at Christiana Care. She Received her MSN in women’s health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She was appointed professional advancement coordinator for Christiana Care in 2012.

Fowler has been a Pathway reviewer for the American Nurses Association since June 2011 and an intermittent reviewer for organizations applying for the ANC’s Pathway to Excellence designation. She was instrumental in developing Career Advancement of RN Excellence through Synergy (CARES) in 2012.

Fowler testified before Congress in 2007 to promote access to obstetrical and neonatal services.

She was served as president of the Council of Women and Infants Specialty Hospitals in 2006.

Christiana Care’s Delaware Today 2016 Top Nurses

Academic Educator

  • Beth Smith, APRN, NNP-BC

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

  • Kathy Curtis, MSN, APN**
  • Wendy Wintersgill, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC ***

Advancing-Leading the Profession

  • Tiffani Lee, MSN, RN, PCCN
  • Felisha Marcus Alderson, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Donna Casey, MA, BSN, , RN, FABC, NE-BC
  • Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CEN, FAWM, FAAN
  • Susan Mascioli, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, LSSBB
  • Kara W. Streets, MS, BSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC
  • Karen Toulson, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN, NE-BC
  • Judith A. Townsley, MSN, RN, CPAN

Behavioral Health

  • Steven Ismael Beltran, BSN, RN-BC
  • Darcy Burbage, MSN, RN, AOCN, CBCN

Case/Quality Management Managed Care-Informatics

  • Lorraine Adkins, BSN, RN, CIC
  • Gale Moore Bucher, MSN, RN, CPHQ, COS-C, FABC
  • Donna Papanicolas, BSN, RN
  • Mary Redman, RN, OCN

Education and Mentorship

  • Kimberly Mattison, BSN, RN, PCCN
  • Michelle L. Collins, MSN, APRN, CNS, RN-BC, ACNS-BC
  • Kathrine Crawford, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Jennifer Painter, MSN, APRN, CNS, RN-BC, OCN, AOCNS
  • Wendy Wintersgill, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC

Inpatient Clinical Nursing, Perioperative and Emergency

  • Susan Atkison, BSN, RN-BC
  • Kaci Rainey, BSN, RN, CEN
  • Megan Smakulski, MSN, MBA, RN, PCCN
  • Amanda E. Williams, BSN, RN-BC

Long-Term Care – Rehabilitation

  • Felisha Marcus Alderson, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Wendy Wintersgill, MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC

Nursing Legend

  • Dot Fowler, MSN, APRN, RN-BC

Public Health, Community Health or Ambulatory Care

  • Bethany Twardowski, RN
  • Kathy Curtis, MSN, APN
  • Nora C. Katurakes, MSN, RN, OCN

Volunteerism and Service

  • Marilynn Bartley, MSN, RN, FNP-BC