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Joan Pirrung, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Joan Pirrung, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC

Chief Nursing Officer of Union Hospital | ChristianaCare


Joan Pirrung is the chief nursing officer at ChristianaCare’s Union Hospital.


Joan Pirrung has nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience at ChristianaCare, spanning emergency, acute inpatient surgical and trauma services. Through her Trauma Service leadership, she provided oversight and coordination for Christiana Hospital’s Level-1 Adult Trauma Center designation and Wilmington Hospital’s Level-3 Adult Trauma Center. She is a past president of the Society of Trauma Nurses.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Acute Inpatient Surgical and Trauma Services

Trauma Service Leadership

Trauma Nursing

Trauma Care

Adult Health

Education (4)

Health Management Academy: n/a, GE Fellows Program for Nurse Executives 2021

University of Delaware: Certificate, Healthcare Leadership

University of Delaware: BSN

University of Delaware: MSN, Cardiopulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist

Media Appearances (4)

People on the Move: Nov. 12

Delaware Business Times  online


Joan Pirrung has been appointed chief nursing officer for ChristianaCare Union Hospital. She previously served as the vice president of patient care services for nursing at Union Hospital.

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Hundreds wait for drive-thru coronavirus testing at Wilmington Riverfront; some turned away

Delaware Online  online


"We expected to have this many folks," said Joan Pirrung, director of clinical operations for trauma at ChristianaCare. "It doesn't surprise me that individuals are seeking our assistance."

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'Time is of the essence': A look into how Wilmington Hospital's trauma center is run

Delaware Online  online


Joan Pirrung, director of clinical operations for the trauma programs at Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital talks about the benefits of Wilmington Hospital having a Trauma III health center, it now has the ability to have a helicopter pad to fly patients from Wilmington to Stanton."

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Victims of gun violence visit Dickinson High School

Delaware Online  online


Which is a shame because gun violence is preventable, said Joan Pirrung, director of clinical operations for trauma at the Christiana and Wilmington hospitals. "Picking up a gun and shooting it is something you don't have to do," she said.

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External Service & Affiliations (2)

  • Society of Trauma Nurses : Past President
  • American College of Surgeons : Site Reviewer

Selected Honors & Awards (2)

Alumni Star Award, University of Delaware


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