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


Honoring nurses as leaders


Sentara celebrates 2013 National Nurses Week Written by Angie Laing, RN, CEN, SANE-A, Forensic Nurse Examiner Program Coordinator, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Emergency Department  May 6-12, 2013, Sentara Healthcare joins the American Nurses Association in celebrating Nurses: Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care, as part of National Nurses Week. This year, we are recognizing … Continue Reading


Forensic nurse is a champion for prevention


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) As an active participant and contributor on the local college campus, city, and regional Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs), Angie is committed to educating nurses, healthcare providers, and members of local SARTs and the community, on primary prevention initiatives, as well as improving and streamlining the response to … Continue Reading


No more excuses


Why you should consider Sentara College of Health Science’s Rn to BSN degree. Many people in healthcare have heard about the growing need for bachelor’s-educated nurses, especially after a 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine that called for 80 percent of the nursing workforce to hold bachelor degrees by 2020. We’re pleased that enrollment … Continue Reading

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From cancer patient to RN


The following post is written by Donna Hart-Becker, RN, case manager, Optima Health. Donna shares a difficult childhood experience that motivated her to become an advocate for others. Donna, who has been a nurse for 30 years, has been a case manager with Optima Health for the past five years.  I was in high school at the … Continue Reading

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March Madness in Stepdown Unit


Written by Lucy Swingle, RN, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital While driving to get my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee this morning, I heard a commentary by Frank Deford on NPR ,“Florida Gulf Coast University: This Year’s Cinderella Story in 10 Shots.” It was about the Cinderella basketball team, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) rated 15 seed. They … Continue Reading

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Moving mountains for my patients


Written by Martha Schneider, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Critical Care, 2 West and 5 West, RMH Healthcare. Martha has worked at RMH for the past 3 1/2 years.  My role model I was inspired to be a nurse by my godmother, Mae Matsen. My “Aunt Mae” had become a nurse during World War II. … Continue Reading

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