Sentara Nursing Strategic Plan

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE: Sentara Nursing leadership continues to set goals in alignment with the systemwide strategic plan, which was developed in 2017.

Sentara Nursing

2018 GOALS

More productive teams, happier days:
Care Delivery Model Pilot

Instead of working harder, we want our nurses to work smarter and the first step in accomplishing that can mean listening to our nurses. At Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Sentara RMH Medical Center, we’re piloting a new care delivery model based on nurse input, in hopes that a partnership care model approach will further raise team engagement scores and retention.

One of the important changes being tested: Instead of the nursing team members being given independent assignments, two or three nursing staff members take a shared assignment. As a pair or trio, they plan their day so that all patient care is completed, breaks are scheduled and taken and important team communication such as mid-shift nurse huddles are not pushed aside.

“This care delivery model has never been done before. Sentara is trailblazing a model that has the potential to affect nursing on a national level. It’s a different approach to team nursing where we tap into each nurse’s strengths. We’ve already seen fewer healthcare associated infections and higher staff and patient satisfaction as a result.”

Wendy Eisner, MSN, RN, Nurse Specialist,
Cancer Administration, Sentara CarePlex Hospital

Wendy-Sentara Nursing“This care delivery model has never been done before. Sentara is trailblazing a model that has the potential to affect nursing on a national level. It’s a different approach to team nursing where we tap into each nurse’s strengths. We’ve already seen fewer healthcare associated infections and higher staff and patient satisfaction as a result.”

Wendy Eisner, MSN, RN, Nurse Specialist,
Cancer Administration, Sentara CarePlex Hospital