ChristianaCare nurse leaders Lori Davis-Palmer, MSN, RN, COS-C, and Jamie Ayala, DNP, RN, NE-BC, RN-BC, have been accepted into American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Nurse Fellowship programs.
Davis-Palmer received the AONL one-year nurse director fellowship, a professional development program targeting the unique leadership development needs of individuals accountable for planning, directing and coordinating the operations of multiple units, departments or service lines in support of the strategic direction of Nursing and the organization.
She is director of Operations and Clinical Services for the ChristianaCare Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Camden, Delaware.
Davis-Palmer transitioned to home health in 2000 with the ChristianaCare VNA and served as a case manager, nurse liaison, educator, clinical manager, clinical leader and clinical director. She has been director of Operations with the VNA since December 2017.
Prior to joining the ChristianaCare VNA she was a medical-surgical nurse at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware.
She received her nursing degree from Wesley College in 1998 and a master of science degree focused in Nursing from Wesley College in 2017. She is certified as an OASIS Specialist-Clinical, with expertise in the national Home Health Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) used to measure patient outcomes and improvement in home health care.
As part of her fellowship she will complete a capstone project focusing on care management implementation for a new home health payment model set to launch in January 2020.
Jamie Ayala, nurse manager of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital, has been accepted into the AONL Nurse Manager Fellowship.
The fellowship is a year-long professional development program that targets the unique leadership development needs of nurse managers.
Ayala was appointed nurse manager of the Center for Rehabilitation in 2018. She joined ChristianaCare in 2005 as a student nurse extern while pursuing her nursing degree. Her past leadership roles at ChristianaCare include patient care facilitator and nurse manager.
She most recently served as an infection prevention nurse where she was successful in developing interdisciplinary relationships. She also has supported several performance improvement projects on her assigned units. She is board certified as a gerontological nurse and as a nurse executive.
Ayala received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wesley College and a master’s degree in nursing leadership with a focus on health care administration from the University of Delaware. She completed her doctorate of nursing practice at Wilmington University in 2018.