Magnet Status

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware

In 2012, the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded Magnet status to Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, Wilmington, Del., in recognition for its professional nursing excellence — a designation that is awarded to less than 4 percent of hospitals nationwide.

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At Nemours, Nursing is more than just a department; it is a philosophy embodied by every nursing Associate — that we are shared guardians of children’s health and joy. Our nurses have a gift for caring for children and the needs of their families.


Advocate. Caregiver. Nurturer.

As dedicated professionals, our nurses support an environment of opportunity for personal growth and professional development, teaching each other and our patients and families important aspects of care.

Throughout Nemours, in our hospitals, specialty care clinics, and in outpatient and inpatient settings, our nurses use their experience and knowledge to translate research into evidence-based practice, continuously improving the safety and quality of our family-centered care.

Delaware Valley

From our Magnet® hospital, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, to pediatric clinics across the Delaware Valley, our nurses are dedicated to providing outstanding care to children and families.

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At Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, and in our clinics throughout Central and North Florida, our nurses share a passion to provide family-centered care tailored to the needs of each child and family.

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Shared Governance

Empowering Nurses and Providing Leadership

Shared governance at Nemours offers nurses real power to impact the care that is given to patients, along with the knowledge that each contribution will be heard and respected.

The result is a dynamic nursing culture built on trust and communication in which four core values are emphasized:

  • professionalism
  • knowledge
  • leadership
  • caring/compassion

Shared Governance Councils

Shared Governance Councils give our nurses a meaningful, ongoing say in how they do their work by providing opportunities to identify patient care needs and clinical practice issues that might require discussion or improvement.

Delaware Valley

The Shared Governance Council at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, meets monthly, with smaller unit meetings in major areas.


The Shared Governance Councils at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, and at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville meet monthly with smaller group meetings as needed. Nemours Children's Health, Pensacola is in the Shared Governance beginning phase of development. These sessions support elevation of clinical and professional issues that require discussion by the larger nursing population and helps empower our professionals toward improvement of family-centered patient care excellence.

Meet Our Leaders

“Our nurses have a critical role in providing the highest quality care to our patients and their families. Shared governance is the foundation that allows clinical nurses to have a meaningful voice in the quality, practice, research and educational aspects of their practice. The strength of this structure has positioned us to embrace an interprofessional model of governance in which nurses will continue to be excellent professionals and strong partners.”

Jane Mericle, MHS-CL, BSN, RN, CENP

Chief Nurse Executive, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, Wilmington, Del.

Education & Advancement

Advance Your Nursing Career and Goals

We believe that professional education is a lifelong process and we work to promote, facilitate and provide learning opportunities that enhance the quality of nursing care through evidence-based practice.

This commitment to professional development can be seen by the numbers:
  • over 70 percent of nurses at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware in Delaware, have achieved a BSN degree or higher.
  • our new Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, has an RN nursing staff with 60 percent BSN or higher degrees.

Throughout Nemours, nurses are also involved in research studies, integrating new empirical knowledge with their own clinical expertise. In building the infrastructure that supports nursing excellence, our nurses are proactively taking on new and varied responsibilities to achieve transformational change and improve patient outcomes.

Nursing Professional Development in Delaware

The Nursing Professional Development Department exists to support the professional growth of all of the members of the Department of Nursing.

Nursing Education Center

The Nursing Education Center — with its simulation lab, computers, classroom space, teleconferencing capability and top-notch clinical nurse specialists — is the cornerstone for our nurses’ professional advancement.

Professional Excellence in Florida

The Nursing Professional Excellence Department at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando supports professional growth for all Florida members of the Department of Nursing, with a primary focus in Orlando.

Nemours Children's Hospital (NCH) Nursing Education Center

The NCH Education Center includes classroom spaces, computer labs, simulation equipment, teleconferencing and a 250 seat auditorium,  with outstanding nurse educators and clinical nurse specialists that support nursing professional growth and advancement.

Why Join Nemours

Become the Nurse You Want to Be

We realize that nurses reflect the heart of our mission every day. That’s why we are committed to recruiting and retaining nurses who share a dedication to helping children grow up healthy. At Nemours, we give nurses the opportunity to do the work they love and pursue their professional goals by offering:

  • collaborative family-centered care, including patient family rounding
  • clinical and academic partnerships
  • interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care
  • research and education opportunities
  • great benefits and flexible schedules
  • respectful working environment

Health System Accolades

Nursing Excellence
  • Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware nursing program granted Magnet status 2012 and was granted redesignation in 2017 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in recognition for its professional nursing excellence — a designation that demonstrates our nurses’ commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our patients and families
  • DAISY Foundation Award for Extraordinary Nurses — Nemours is proud to be part of the DAISY Foundation which recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day. Award recipients are chosen monthly by nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families

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Benefits at Nemours

Nemours offers comprehensive health coverage for Associates and their families (also same-sex domestic partners), including our unique pediatric health plan “Bridge to a Healthy Future.”

We also offer paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and a number of other benefits.

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