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Catherine S. Fernald, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, FACHE - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Catherine S. Fernald, DNP, RN, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, FACHE

Acute Care Chief Nursing Officer-Newark Campus | ChristianaCare


Catherine Shull Fernald is the chief nursing officer of Acute Care at ChristianaCare.


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)

Nursing Administration

Leadership Development

Quality Improvement

Multi-Disciplinary Team Building

Innovation for Workplace Workflows

Innovation in Staffing Models

Patient Throughput

Project Management/Execution

Education (7)

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.”

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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.

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Selected Papers and Publications (4)

Clinical Nurse Perspectives on Implicit Rationing of Nurisng Professional Standards of Care: A Qualitative Study

American Journal of Nursing

Accepted In publication, date to be determined

Healthcare's Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Study of Nursing Adaptation

Annual Symposium on Reliability and Maintainability (RAMS)


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Effective Nurse Leader Rounding Improves the Patient Experience

Nursing Management


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Engaging Clinical Nurses in Quality and Performance Improvement Activities

Nursing Administration Quarterly


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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