Nursing Excellence: Getting Beyond the Task

Written By Donna Wilmoth, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President for Patient Care Service/Chief Nurse Executive, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Nurses are leaders. They not only manage the patient’s care regime, but they coach and mentor, too. Every moment with a staff member, physician, patient or family, the nurse serves as a mentor, advocate, teacher or coach; … Continue Reading


Why nurses should join professional nursing organizations

Where is your voice?  Written by Jennifer Kreiser, MS, BSN, RN, chief nurse executive, Sentara Leigh Hospital REGISTERED NURSES join professional nursing organizations for many reasons. Some want to take advantage of networking or cultivating peer relationships with other members of professional organizations or to stay current in their field or specialty. An example of … Continue Reading

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Colonoscopies and more: The technology to ease pain

How the Sentara Princess Anne Hospital endoscopy unit gives patients hope What pops into Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Manager Darrell Powell’s mind when he’s asked about his endoscopy unit nurses?: “They always have high MOT scores,” he says. “That’s Member of the Team scores; it measures their job satisfaction. They’re a great group of nurses … Continue Reading

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A case for lifelong learning

Written by Nelda Booker, RN, MSN, MHA, Director of Clinical Operations, Sentara Life Care Why is lifelong learning important to me? Albert Einstein said “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” In a letter to the editor, Dr. Philip Boiselle (2013) used this quote to highlight the … Continue Reading


Call 911 for Heart Emergency, Don’t Drive


In the spirit of Cardiovascular Professionals Week, Tawyna Reynolds, RN, team coordinator, Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital, shares an inspiring message about the importance of calling 911 if you experience an emergency heart situation. Tawyna experienced this in a very personal way. It Happened to Me Tawnya Reynolds, a … Continue Reading

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Why Sentara leaders support the Future of Nursing Report


Over the last few years, many nurses have heard about the 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It’s titled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The IOM and the RWJF set an important goal in the report: 80% of workforce nurses will be BSN-prepared … Continue Reading


Nurse receives North Carolina Excellence award for overcoming adversity


Christina Ledford was starting over when most people are just starting out. With three young kids to care for and a military marriage folding, she came home to Camden County, North Carolina from the west coast with barely the clothes on her back and pondered how to create a new future. “I don’t ever want … Continue Reading


Training our nurses: From bedside assistant to healthcare partner


Sentara Healthcare started 125 years ago in 1888 as the Norfolk Retreat for the Sick. Physicians and community leaders donated $5,000 for a down payment on a Spanish-style home destined to serve as a hospital and a nursing school. In 1902, Retreat for the Sick Superintendent Hattie Everingham opened a two-year nurse training school. Everingham … Continue Reading


Sentara Nursing Annual Report: All that we do, every day


As Sentara Healthcare Chief Nursing Officer, I’ve looked forward to working on our nursing annual report each year. It is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments, but it also provides a platform to recognize our staff. I wanted our most recent report to spotlight the many roles that nurses excel at throughout Sentara Healthcare. … Continue Reading

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A new kind of ‘push present’


Some women receive a beautiful piece of jewelry in the delivery room, in celebration and thanks for their hard work while giving birth. You might have heard such a gift referred to as a “push present.” Sentara Healthcare awarded a “push present” of a different kind to nursing students at Thomas Nelson Community College. The … Continue Reading

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