Catherine S. Fernald is the Acute Care chief nursing officer at ChristianaCare Newark and Middletown campuses. In this role, she drives optimal health, exceptional experience, and organizational vitality within the acute care hospital environment.
Areas of Expertise (8)
Multi-Disciplinary Team Building
Innovation for Workplace Workflows
Innovation in Staffing Models
Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Program, Leading in Health Systems: Activating Transformational Change 2022
Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Program, Women on Boards: Getting on and Adding Value 2021
Harvard University, Harvard Business School: Post Graduate Certificate Program, Managing Healthcare Delivery
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School: Certificate Program, Healthcare Executive Leadership 2009
American Sentinel University: DNP, Executive Leadership
University of Phoenix: MSN, Nursing Administration
DeSales University: BSN
Media Appearances (2)
Heeding the Call
ChristianaCare News online
“We had a community partner — a neighbor — who needed us in the middle of a crisis,” said Catherine Shull Fernald, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, ChristianaCare’s chief nursing officer in Acute Care. “It was an opportunity to open our hearts to a different perspective on health care.”
When Patients Are Identified Multiple Times for Their Own Safety
Relias Media online
In clinical areas, asking for information multiple times can annoy patients. “We frequently get asked questions like, ‘Why can’t you retain this information for the future?’ or ‘Don’t your computer systems talk to one another?’” says Catherine Shull Fernald, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer for acute care at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE.
Selected Papers and Publications (4)
Clinical Nurse Perspectives on Implicit Rationing of Nurisng Professional Standards of Care: A Qualitative StudyAmerican Journal of Nursing
Accepted In publication, date to be determined
Healthcare's Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Study of Nursing AdaptationAnnual Symposium on Reliability and Maintainability (RAMS)
Effective Nurse Leader Rounding Improves the Patient ExperienceNursing Management
Engaging Clinical Nurses in Quality and Performance Improvement ActivitiesNursing Administration Quarterly
Event Appearances (4)
Invited Panel Presenter: "Telehealth, Remote Care and What Clinical Leaders Still Need to Succeed"
Becker's Hospital Review: 13th Annual Meeting Illinois
Guest Lecture Presentation: "The Focused Leader: Embracing Vulnerability, Risk Taking, and the Potential to Succeed"
Delaware Organization for Nursing Leadership (DONL) Delaware
Guest Lecture Presentation: "Image of Nursing" and "The Leader's Courage to be Willing: Building a Context for Hope"
Delaware Organization for Nursing Leadership (DONL) Online
Invited Moderator: "Design Optimization Using R&M Techniques", "Life Data Analysis", and "Fault Tree Analysis"
Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) 2022 Opportunities for Machine Learning in Reliability and Maintainability Tucson, Arizona