For over 100 years, ChristianaCare has been respected as a skilled provider of health care within our community. Guided by our values of Love and Excellence, our vision is to deliver health, not just health care to our community. Our mission leads us to continue to grow our advanced practice clinician (APC) network, comprising physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses, in order to meet the needs of our diverse patient populations in our hospitals, emergency rooms and community.
ChristianaCare recognizes the unique value that advanced practice providers bring to our expansive health system and invests in supporting our providers with education, councils and growth opportunities. APCs are further empowered through the dedicated leadership of our Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians, Donna Mower-Wade, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN.
We are a comprehensive health system that is constantly evolving and expanding. There’s no limit to the opportunities you’ll find here now and throughout your career.
Why should you join ChristianaCare’s team of advanced practice clinicians?
For the Love of Health.
“At ChristianaCare, I am fully supported in my nursing practice and empowered to make decisions that have a positive impact on patient care. We truly work together as a cohesive team, motivated by the same goals, driven by aspirations to serve with Love and Excellence in all that we do. I frequently feel valued through my contribution to the organization. I truly cannot envision working anywhere else and I look forward to a long, rewarding career at ChristianaCare!”
Paige Merring, BSN, RN, CCRN Registered Nurse, Medical Intensive Care Unit
“ChristianaCare is a great place to work because we have a team of strong, dedicated individuals who work together to fulfill a mission of providing the best care to our patients and families. Serving with love, one of our core values, helps our team because, as we work to take care of the patients and families, we also take care of each other. When providers care about each other, it trickles down to the care we provide to our patients.”
Tina Hendler, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
At ChristianaCare, advanced practice clinicians work in a wide range of clinical environments, including ambulatory practices, specialty services, hospitalist groups, intensive care units, surgical departments and obstetrical areas.
In the past 10 years, our APC workforce has tripled. Currently, there are almost 700 APCs working at ChristianaCare. As the demand for health care access rises, ChristianaCare anticipates continued growth for the APC community.
Fellowship opportunities for new providers
The Primary Care APC Fellowship is a nine-month, intensive program for newly graduated nurse practitioners and physician assistants with less than 18 months of experience. The fellowship consists of a six-month precepted experience followed by three months in primary care practice. It provides precepting by experienced nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians in specialty rotations with additional didactic education in caring for primary care patients.
The Neonatal PA Fellowship program is a 12-month, intensive program for newly graduated physician assistants with less than 18 months of experience. The fellowship consists of four 13-week block rotations, including introduction to NICU and labor and delivery room nursing, well baby rotations, level II and level III, delivery room experience, and level II and level III NICU. The fellow will have assigned preceptors in all rotations and dedicated didactic time, including case presentations, learning modules and simulation learning. During the last block of the fellowship, the fellow will be an integrated part of the NICU APC staff caring for a full complement of patients.
The Behavioral Health APC fellowship is a 9-month program for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) and certified physician assistants with less than 18 months of experience. This program provides mentoring, diverse clinical experiences and formal didactic training. The APC fellow rotates in inpatient, outpatient and consult liaison psychiatry and has the opportunity to pursue electives in various subspecialties throughout the health system. This fellowship program is both supportive and challenging as the Behavioral Health APC fellow will manage patients with a variety of complex diagnoses under the direct guidance and supervision of a psychiatrist and/or experienced advanced practice clinician. As the fellow progresses through the program, they will be responsible for managing an increasing number of patients to ensure a seamless transition into a full-time provider role.
The Critical Care APC Fellowship is a 12-month transition to practice program for novice acute care nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are interested in a career in critical care. The Critical Care APC Fellowship provides clinical rotations in the Medical, Cardiac, Neurologic and Surgical Intensive Care units. Didactic curriculum coupled with experiential experiences will be supplemented with proctored simulation and invasive procedure training in our Virtual Education and Simulation (VEST) Center to help develop competent, evidence-based critical care advanced practice clinicians.
The Hospitalist APC Fellowship is a 9-month fellowship designed for those interested in starting their career in hospital medicine. This fellowship will allow for the new APC to gain valuable supported experience as an inpatient internal medicine provider by clinically working in the various hospitalist roles, including rounding, admission and cross-coverage shifts. Didactic curriculum, various specialty rotations and training in our Virtual Education Simulation Center will also support the novice provider in transitioning to become an independent, confident hospitalist APC.
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Have a voice and join a council with your colleagues
Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) Council
Consists of advanced practice clinician leaders throughout ChristianaCare
Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) Council
Physician Assistant (PA) Council
These councils are a supportive venue for information sharing, collaboration, discussion and education, as well as serving as a mentoring network for APCs.
Several multidisciplinary system-wide councils within the shared-governance structure include Quality and Safety, Workforce Connection, Research and Evidence-Based Practice, and Technology and Innovations Council.
Benefits of being an APC with ChristianaCare
Continuing medical education (CME) allowance and paid CME days
Reimbursement of fees associated with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Controlled Substance Registration (CSR) and Licensure
Competitive compensation, including incentive bonus opportunities
Ability to attend lectures and discussions on-site
ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.
At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.
Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program and more.
Our caregivers’ well-being is important to us and essential for our ability to follow through on our commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.
We offer a variety of programs and opportunities supporting the physical health, well-being and financial security of our caregivers and their families.
Many of our locations are equipped with on-site fitness centers and classes to keep you fit. We offer free healthy lifestyle coaching, CareVio™ care management services, discount programs and an annual stipend for fitness and wellness-related expenses to eligible caregivers.
You will also have access to resources and services for things like financial coaching and individual or family counseling, and find referrals for childcare, elder care and more.
Meet the Advanced Practice Clinicians Recruitment Team
Amy oversees provider and Medical Group recruitment for ChristianaCare. She joined ChristianaCare in 2013 and has held leadership roles in human resources and physician recruitment since 2006. She has worked in talent acquisition for several years and is the primary recruiter for Medical Group leadership opportunities and physicians in behavioral health and neurosciences. Amy has lived in the Philadelphia area most of life and is called upon frequently to share her extensive knowledge with perspective candidates. She earned a BS degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
Debbie started her career by joining the Air Force Reserves as a Flight Medic in 2001. During her time in the Reserves, she went to the University of Delaware and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006.
Debbie started working for ChristianaCare in 2005 as a Student Nurse Extern and, after passing her boards, she became a Med/Surg Nurse within the organization. She was heavily involved in her unit with being a Charge Nurse, Preceptor and Mentor. In 2017, she transferred to the Talent Acquisition Team as the APC Recruiter/Nurse Recruitment Lead.
Megan joined ChristianaCare in June of 2021 as a Senior Candidate Generation Specialist. In her role, Megan partners with the physician recruiters to create strategic sourcing plans to generate the highest quality of candidates. She is responsible for keeping the department up to date on new sourcing strategies, as well as creating brand awareness through social media campaigns. Megan’s background includes experience in health care administration, operations, physician onboarding and sourcing. Megan holds a BBA with a concentration in Sales and Business Marketing from Western Michigan University and resides in Michigan.
Hilaree joined the ChristianaCare Physician Recruitment team in 2021. Her career in healthcare recruitment began in 2014 recruiting physicians and advanced practice providers for a healthcare system in Pennsylvania. Hilaree has successfully recruited providers in a variety of roles and medical specialties. She has extensive knowledge in full cycle recruitment with a focus on communication and building trusting relationships with candidates to create an efficient recruitment process. Hilaree enjoys learning and understanding the particular needs of the practices she’s supporting along with the interests and passions of the physicians she’s working with to hire physicians who enjoy a long, successful career with ChristianaCare. Hilaree earned her BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Leah is extremely knowledgeable about ChristianaCare having joined the organization in 2014. She’s help progressively more responsible roles providing support to the Heart and Vascular service line and Campus Operations Administration. She joined the Physician Support Services Team as a New Provider Liaison in May of 2022. In her role, Leah partners with new hires to coach and advise them through licensing, credentialing, HR and contract processes. She also serves as an area resource for new providers relocating to our area. Leah will help ensure the onboarding process is as smooth and stress-free as possible! Leah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with a Paralegal Certification and earned a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Wilmington University.
Yvonne joined ChristianaCare in September 2022 and is responsible for recruiting physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Yvonne began her career in healthcare in 2016 and has recruited physicians and advanced practice clinicians in a variety of specialties. Her recruitment knowledge and experience include the understanding of full-cycle recruitment, provider onboarding, hospital credentialing and state licensure processes. She also has fundamental knowledge of recruiting for rural and underserved geographic areas. Yvonne earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications; Public Relations from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Penn State.
Abby joined ChristianaCare in June of 2018 as the first New Provider Liaison in the Physician Support Services office. In this role, Abby supports new providers from the time they decide to join ChristianaCare through their first week of employment. She’s our expert in the licensing process and coaches physicians and advanced practice clinicians through the licensing, credentialing and contract processes and serves as an area resource for new providers relocating to our area.
ChristianaCare is a private not-for-profit regional health care system (tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code - ID Number 51-0103684) and relies in part on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations to fulfill its mission. To learn more about how you can support our mission, please visit christianacare.org/donors.
*ChristianaCare’s most recent Magnet® designation includes Acute Care (Christiana and Wilmington hospitals), Ambulatory Services and ChristianaCare HomeHealth and runs to 2024.
ChristianaCare Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Click here for full Affirmative Action Statement.
ChristianaCare commits to be an anti-racism organization. This commitment is reflected in the values and behaviors of our organization and through our policies, programs and practices. We resolve to advance actions to dismantle racism throughout the life and culture of our organization and the community. Together, we must:
Recognize that racism causes health disparities and harm.
Commit to advancing health equity in all the communities we serve.
Examine racism beyond the actions of individuals, because it is embedded in the fabric of our society.
Vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of race and ethnicity and their impacts on our organization, our caregivers and the people in the communities we serve.
Improve the diversity of our caregiver workforce to better reflect the community we serve.
Create a culture of psychological safety to ensure every individual is empowered to be their truest, most authentic self.
Commit to listen, learn and seek to understand in order to create impactful, sustainable positive change.
Acknowledge that racism can be unconscious or unintentional, and that identifying racism as an issue does not automatically mean those involved are racist or intend a negative impact.
Actively address the trauma and harm to our caregivers who are impacted by racism or racist behavior.
Challenge ourselves to understand and correct inequities, as we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our organization.
Through these purposeful actions, we commit to valuing diversity and fostering an environment for inclusion as we support all our caregivers and serve all our neighbors with Love and Excellence, in our actions and in our words.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement
ChristianaCare is committed to ensuring that qualified individuals with disabilities have full access to all benefits of employment and are not subject to discrimination on the basis of disability or perceived disability. All decisions relating to employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, training, work assignment/schedule, promotion, compensation and benefits, will be determined by the needs of the organization and the ability of the individual applicant or employee to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation and in a manner that is consistent with applicable law.