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Nemours Nurse Champions for Children Recipient

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011

Delaware Valley
Nemours Nurse Karen Smail receives 2011 Champion for Children Award

Karen De Rasmo (left) Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Delaware presenting Karen Smail (right) with the 2011 Champions for Child Award

Wilmington, DE — Karen Smail, MSN, CNNP, CPNP, is a 2011 recipient of the Champions for Children award from Prevent Child Abuse Delaware (PCAD).

Presented at PCAD’s third annual gala on October 28, 2011, Ms. Smail was recognized for the exemplary work in child abuse prevention and advocacy, and medical care provided for abused children.

Ms. Smail graduated with Honors from Carlow College’s (Pittsburgh, PA) School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree. She went on to earn two Master of Nursing degrees from the University of Pittsburgh as well as subspecialty certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Ms. Smail has worked in various nursing capacities at health systems throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Currently, Ms. Smail is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Nemours Pediatrics in Milford, DE. She also provides medical care at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware in Georgetown, DE. In these roles, Ms. Smail has become widely recognized for her expertise in child physical and sexual abuse and neglect.

"For the last 12 years, through her dedication, tenacity, empathy, and common sense Karen has provided capable and compassionate medical evaluations for victims of suspected abuse. This is not an easy task for anyone," stated Dr. Allan DeJong of Nemours Department of Pediatrics. "Karen truly is a Champion for Children."

"For me, it’s really about the kids. It’s about ensuring they have the opportunity to grow up free from abuse and neglect," remarked Ms. Smail.

According to Child Help, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect, a report of child abuse is made every five seconds in the U.S. "Working together with funders, volunteers, and community partners," Ms. Smail remarked, "We can prevent child abuse and neglect."


About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.