RN and APRN Categories


Academic Educator

A RN or APRN practicing in the field of academic nurse education who excels at facilitating learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, and advisement in an academic program of nursing and who engages in research/scholarship and functions as a change agent and leader in higher education.

Clinical Educator

A RN or APRN, other than an academic educator, who within their practice, demonstrates a high degree of ability to develop nurses through skills training or professional development programs, or who guides, supports or influences nurses' career development in meaningful, measurable ways in an institution or practice setting.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

A nurse licensed at the Advanced Practice level (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Certified Nurse Midwife) who demonstrates advanced leadership skills, superior clinical knowledge, and plays a pivotal role in providing quality care to patients, families and communities through the art and science of advanced professional nursing.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

A RN or APRN who demonstrates superior clinical nursing skills in advancing health and wellness promotion through identification, prevention and the care and treatment of persons with mental, behavioral, and/or addiction disorders.

Quality/Safety/Risk Management

A RN or APRN, practicing the art and science of professional nursing in the field of quality, safety, or risk management, who demonstrates advanced management and communication skills as well as serving as a role model and mentor.

Case/Utilization Management

A RN or APRN, who through the art and science of professional nursing demonstrates advanced management and communications skills as a community or hospital case/utilization manager as well as serving as a role model and mentor.

Informatics

A RN or APRN, practicing in the field of informatics, who through the art and science of professional nursing demonstrates significant leadership contributions by optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information and technology as well as serving as a role model and mentor.

Home Health/Hospice/Telehealth

A RN or APRN, practicing in the fields of home health, hospice, or telehealth who demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge and an advanced ability to navigate system resources to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families.

Inpatient Clinical Nursing

An RN or APRN, who demonstrates superior clinical nursing knowledge and expert skills, and applies both in ways that measurably impact the quality of care and improve patient care outcomes in any inpatient clinical setting.

Rehabilitation/Long-Term Care

A RN or APRN practicing in the field of rehabilitation or long-term care, who demonstrates advanced knowledge of nursing interventions and superior coordination and collaborative skills in the nursing home setting, gerontology, services for disabilities, rehabilitative services, subacute/transitional unit.

Ambulatory Care Nursing

An RN or APRN who exemplifies outstanding clinical knowledge, nursing expertise, and community involvement in caring for patients in settings such as public health, community health, ambulatory care, medical offices, or schools as well as serving as a role model and mentor.

Advancing and Leading the Profession

An RN or APRN who is well-known and respected as a visionary, innovative leader and change agent, who moves the profession forward through work in patient care administration, education or research, or strengthens it through other professional activities, endeavors or contributions.

Nursing Newcomer

An RN or APRN new to the nursing profession, less than 5 years as a licensed RN/APRN, that has made impactful contributions in their practice and demonstrates superior clinical skills, collaboration, leadership, and communication.

Nursing Legend

The Nursing Legend Award is a one-time award presented to a retired nurse whose extraordinary contributions has significantly enhanced the nursing profession, impacted our society and whose work continues to impact the provision of health services in Delaware.

Volunteerism and Service

An RN or APRN who gives of self in outstanding humanitarian and/or heroic ways by providing nursing care, skills and expertise in outreach to the community, either at home or abroad, to improve the lives, well-being, and healthcare of others.



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