As a nurse, you probably looked for a career where you could help others in a personal and significant way. You aren’t motivated by what you can get; giving fires your actions. While it’s impossible to measure a nurse’s devotion to others, two professional credentials – Magnetand Pathways — from the American Nurses Credentialing Center come close.

Magnetbegan in 1981 when the American Academy of Nursing studied what factors led select hospitals to retain nurses – in other words, act as a magnet — during serious shortages. Since 1994, when the first facility received Magnet recognition, magnet hospitals have served as the fount of knowledge and expertise for the delivery of nursing care globally. Studies show care environments in hospitals recognized with Magnetare better than non-Magnethospitals. Those differences are associated with better outcomes for nurses and patients. National hospital ranking and quality benchmarking programs such as U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings and the Leapfrog Group hospital ratings have included Magnetaccreditation as a criterion.

Best of the best

So far, just 7 percent of hospitals globally have earned Magnetstatus. Seven Sentara hospitals are part of the elite group:

  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

Two more Sentara hospitals are in pursuit of Magnetcertification, and in time, we’re certain that all of our facilities will share the honor.

Long-term care nursing dedication

The Pathway to Excellence Program recognizes healthcare and long-term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations meet 12 practice standards key to productive and protective nursing environments. Pathway-designated institutions respect nurses’ contributions, support professional development and nurture optimal work settings.

Sentara Life Care Center Virginia Beach has completed the rigorous application process and submitted it for evaluation. When Pathways certification is received, we’ll become only the fourth long-term care center in the nation with the distinction.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Beacon Award for Excellence honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. A Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. The process can be driven by the nursing staff, nurturing empowerment and leadership. Following a multilevel peer-reviewed evaluation, a unit receives a comprehensive feedback report, which includes

strengths and opportunities for improvement, to chart the excellence journey over time. The following Sentara nursing units have Beacon Awards (as of December 2017): Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. (Sentara CarePlex Hospital added Beacon awards in April 2018.)


Sentara Healthcare is pleased to partner with The DAISY Foundation in all divisions. The DAISY Award is in honor of extraordinary nurses. The goal is to ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of society’s profound respect for the education, training, brainpower and skill they put into their work, and especially for the empathy, compassion and understanding with which they deliver care.

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