Cheryl Layfield, of Millsboro, Del., received the Delaware Excellence in
Nursing Practice Award for Advanced Practice at the Delaware Nurses Association
(DNA) Awards Banquet held in Dover in July.
Layfield, who has been a nurse for 27 years and a nurse practitioner for
12 years, provides summer support at the Atlantic General Health System’s
Townsend Medical Center, in Ocean City, and Atlantic Health Center, in Berlin.
She also works full time as a school nurse for the Indian River School
District at Selbyville Middle School.
A colleague nominated Layfield for the award for her outstanding efforts
to positively impact the quality of healthcare for adults and children
in her care, and Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner was in attendance to
witness her achievement.
Some of the accomplishments for which she was cited are working to initiate
the two wellness centers in the Indian River School District and being
the first paramedic instructor for the lower two counties of Delaware in 1990.
Layfield was the ENCARE state director during the 1980s and presented the
drinking and driving and seat belt programs to more than 15,000 students
Recently, she assisted in the development of a curriculum through the
Delaware Department of Education to teach school nurses disaster management
and its impact on our youth. Cheryl coordinates the downstate nurse practitioner
educational dinner meetings, and she mentors new student nurses and nurse
When she’s not working, you can find Layfield with her parents,
her husband of 38 years, her three sons, her two daughters-in-law, or
her four grandchildren, enjoying life in Sussex County, Del.