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Excellence in Clinical Nursing


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


Lauren Micale, BSN, RN, CPHON


Clinical Nurse, Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children


Wilmington, Del. Micale was honored to be a


fi nalist at the Mid-Atlantic GEM Awards ceremony. Being named a regional winner made it all the more memorable for her.


“It was an incredible experience to be a part of the [ceremony] in the company of inspiring and outstanding nurses who have contributed so much to the profession,” she said. “To be nominated by one of my mentors, selected as a fi nalist and announced as a regional winner makes me feel incredibly proud of everything I have worked so hard to accomplish for my patients, their families and colleagues.”


A pediatric hematology/oncology/blood and bone transplant nurse on a 24-bed inpatient unit, Micale led a taskforce that was instrumental in dramatically reducing CLABSI rates, and as a bilingual nurse, she takes pride in her advocacy for Spanish-speaking patients and their families.


Among her many accomplishments, Micale said taking the certifi cation exam for her nursing specialty had a great impact on her professional journey. “It propelled my desire to further develop my clinical expertise through continuing education and attendance at local and national conferences,” she said.


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Walker has changed the way care is given to patients without insurance or with poor insurance. Until Walker’s arrival, patients with abnormal breast screening fi ndings diagnosed in one of the two community clinics associated with the hospital were not seen by a surgeon before biopsy, which was diff erent from the way all other patients seen at the breast center were treated.


Walker said recognizing that patients from the community clinics were being treated diff erently made her take action. “I sought to change the process so that all patients, regardless of insurance status, are provided with the same pathway and steps throughout the diagnostic workup and potential treatment for breast cancer,” she said.


Her attitude toward patient care is evident in the way she described how it felt to be named a GEM Awards regional winner.


“I feel humbled to be a GEM recipient, and I was inspired by all of the wonderful GEM fi nalists,” Walker said. “Most importantly, being a GEM recipient is a reminder that patient care is a great privilege and that we, as nurses, are very fortunate to serve our patients.”


Excellence in Community Care


An RN who exemplifi es outstanding clinical knowledge and nursing expertise in caring for patients in settings beyond the hospital, including professional home care nursing; home hospice; sub-acute and intermediate care; and other ambulatory community, industrial or school nurse roles.


Meghan Walker, MSN, RN, CBCN


Breast Nurse Navigator, Cancer Center


Paoli (Pa.) Hospital


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