Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is home to Hampton Road’s area only Level I Trauma Center, burn trauma unit, and Sentara Heart Hospital. We specialize in neurosciences, neurosurgery, imaging, and breast services, transplant services and neonatal care with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) onsite. We are also home to the Nightingale Air Ambulance service.
Our commitment to a healthy work environment, scholarly submissions, and commitment to community outreach make us a high-performing and talented nursing team. We continually work together maintain a culture of caring and compassion for all those we serve.Want to learn more about the Sentara nursing experience, including our continuing education opportunities and dedication to shared governance?
Forensic Nurse Examiners Program
The Forensic Nurse Examiners Program is based out of the Emergency Department at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Forensic Nurse Examiners are Registered Nurses specializing in providing immediate, comprehensive medical-forensic examinations and evidence collection on sexual assault and domestic violence victims. This includes a PERK (Physical Evidence Recovery Kit) and suspect kits, along with photographs and documentation. The program provides appropriate laboratory testing, prophylactic STI (sexually transmitted infections) medications, and emergency contraception to victims.
The DAISY Recognition Program
The DAISY recognition program is a nationally recognized award program highlighting nurses providing compassionate care. Nurses are nominated by anyone in the organization - patients, family members, other nurses, physicians, other clinicians, and staff - who experiences or observes extraordinary care.
Nursing Awards and Recognitions:
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was the first hospital in southeastern Virginia to be named a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2008. We were recertified in 2014 and 2018 and are currently seeking redesignation for later this year. The ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program® identifies superior quality in nursing care and is the highest national honor for nursing excellence.
The Beacon Award
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s 5 Heart Hospital Cardiac Medicine Intermediate Care, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CSICU), General Intensive Care Unit, Labor and Deliver and Special Care Nursery are recent Beacon award recipients. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) offers the Beacon Award for Excellence, to honor nursing units that distinguish themselves for achieving excellence in patient care.
In 2020, the 9K Medical-Surgical Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital received this prestigious honor as the first PRISM honoree within Sentara HealthCare. The AMSN PRISM Award is co-sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB). PRISM stands for Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg.