Norine Watson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC


A nurse since 1981, Norine Watson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has worked in many facets of nursing from a direct care nurse to her current role as director of nursing excellence with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.The focus of her nursing roles for the past several years has been advancing, promoting, and building empowerment structures for nurses. She advises the Nursing Shared Governance Congress, facilitates the Nursing Advancement Review board, and led the efforts that resulted in Nemours/AIDHC being designated as a Magnet hospital in November 2012.  

Click the photo below to hear Norine talk about shared governance.

In 2013 Norine partnered with Elizabeth Bayley, PhD, RN, and Louanne Stratton, PhD, RN, to provide a podium presentation, Transforming Nursing Practice: Engaging Direct Care Nurses in Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, at the national American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Conference in Orlando, Florida.  In March of 2014 Norine will work with a team of Nurse Leaders from Nemours to present Expert Nursing Leadership Communication through Daily Huddles at the American Organization of Nursing Executives annual meeting, Inspiring Leadership, in Orlando, Florida.


Norine was the 2012 Marie L. Des Barres Nurse of the Year at Nemours/Alfred. I. duPont Hospital for Children. In 2013, she was recognized by the Delaware Nurses Association and the Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders with the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award – for Executive Nurse Leader;by the University of Delaware, School of Nursing, as the 2013 Outstanding Alumni; by as the regional winner, for the Advancing & Leading the Profession category; and as a Delaware Top Nurse, by Delaware Today Magazine in the Advancing and Leading the Profession, category. 


Norine graduated with an associate’s degree from Delaware Technical and Community College, and then attained a BSN and an MSN from the University of Delaware.  She is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in the specialty of Nurse Executive Advanced.  She is currently an ANCC Magnet Appraiser.In 2012 she completed the rigorous year -ong Disparities Leadership Program for healthcare administrators offered by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.   

Norine has served the Delaware Nurses Association (DNA) in many roles, including co-editor of the DNA Reporter, the nominating committee, the nursing excellence committee, and as President for the 2008-2010 term and a member of the Board of Directors.