All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

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Nursing at ChristianaCare

ChristianaCare Nursing Honor Guard

Honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the profession of nursing.

ChristianaCare’s Nursing Honor Guard is privileged to participate in the visitation or funeral services of fellow nurses. At the start of the service, the Honor Guard performs a meaningful, 10-minute ceremony as a farewell to nurses who have dedicated their lives to caring for others in times of need.

Services of the Honor Guard are available by request for any ChristianaCare active, former or retired licensed practical nurse, registered nurse or advanced practice nurse.

Services are available in the State of Delaware; in Cecil County, Maryland; and in areas of New Jersey and Pennsylvania served by ChristianaCare.

Services are performed by one to three members of the Nursing Honor Guard.

Services are free of charge.

Symbols of Tradition

In keeping with the traditions of Nursing, the ChristianaCare Honor Guard will bring a white rose, a nurse’s cap, and a framed document of the Nightingale Pledge to set at the service. If desired, the Honor Guard can place a picture of the deceased in uniform at the service as well.

During the ceremony:

  • The Nightingale Tribute can be read.
  • A candle can be lit and held in a traditional ceramic lamp. At the end of the ceremony, the candle will be extinguished and the lamp will be given to a designated family member or friend.
  • A white rose can be offered to the beloved.
  • A Final Call to Duty can end the ceremony. The Honor Guard will say nurse’s name, ring the symbolic nurse’s bell and announce that the nurse is relieved of earthly duties.

To request a ChristianaCare Nursing Honor Guard, contact Barbara White at 302-320-7329 or