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Victims’ Advocate, Nurse Receives Award from Del Tech


Bayhealth congratulates Dawn Culp, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FNE, DV & Gang Consultant, Bayhealth forensic nurse clinical coordinator, on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Delaware Technical Community College.

Culp, a 1997 graduate of Del Tech’s Terry campus, is a trained sexual assault nurse examiner and an advocate for victims’ rights. Culp has worked throughout her career to educate and care for victims of violence in Delaware.

However, when she first thought about becoming a nurse, she faced challenges.

“I didn’t study nursing in high school because I was told my grades weren’t good enough. Once I got to Del Tech, the teachers encouraged me and helped me finish,” Culp said.

Working as a CNA (certified nurse assistant) and attending Del Tech at night, Culp re-took all her math and English courses in addition to the nursing requirements.

“There were times I didn’t think I could do it,” she remembered. “I was raising a child, working full-time, and it seemed like it would take forever.”

Culp’s hard work and dedication paid off. In 1997, she earned her RN (registered nurse) credential from Del Tech and began working in the Bayhealth emergency department.

She has since earned a BSN and MSN from Wesley College.

“Del Tech gave me a great foundation. I love it when I get to work with nurses from that program- they have good clinical experience and excellent clinical care skills,” Culp said.

Culp is still a frequent visitor at the Del Tech campuses. She teaches nursing classes in fields such as forensic science, as well as classes on criminal justice.

In 2013, Culp was named Bayhealth’s Community Nurse of the Year. That same year she was also nominated and appointed as the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) Medical Liaison for the state of Delaware by Senator Blevins and Senator Hudson.

As part of the DVCC, a state agency created in 1993 to improve Delaware’s response to domestic violence, Culp works with advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement, and community organizations to improve victim safety.

Culp also serves as the elder abuse medical liaison in reviewing criminal cases for the state of Delaware. She has assisted in writing Delaware medical law and has appeared on CNN to speak about victims' rights.

Please join us in congratulating Dawn Culp on her award.

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