Dear Colleagues,

It’s my privilege to once again share our accomplishments and goals in Sentara Healthcare’s Nursing Annual Report. This year, we celebrate the best days of nursing — and all the elements that make our best days possible. We’ve asked you to tell us about your most rewarding moments, and we’ve featured some of your responses here. (You’ll find more in our new video at SentaraNursingReport.com/BestDay.)

We focused on your favorite experiences with several goals in mind:

  • Reconnect you with the joys of nursing
  • Highlight the education and the resources that empower you to grow on the job
  • Inspire you to engage in go-the-extra-mile patient care

Dear Colleagues,

It’s my privilege to once again share our accomplishments and goals in Sentara Healthcare’s Nursing Annual Report. This year, we celebrate the best days of nursing — and all the elements that make our best days possible. We’ve asked you to tell us about your most rewarding moments, and we’ve featured some of your responses here. (You’ll find more in our new video at SentaraNursingReport.com/BestDay.)

We focused on your favorite experiences with several goals in mind:

  • Reconnect you with the joys of nursing
  • Highlight the education and the resources that empower you to grow on the job
  • Inspire you to engage in go-the-extra-mile patient care

 

Our hope is for you to build a new best day — and many great days — with direction from our nursing strategic plan (our blueprint) and our building blocks: 

  • Education and retention initiatives 
  • Positive patient outcomes and clinical performance improvement 
  • Research 
  • Community outreach 
  • Patient and nurse satisfaction 
  • Recognition 

Please learn more about each of these topics in the pages to come. 

Looking back at 2017, I see the year as a particularly challenging one, with extreme weather events, prison breakouts, community protests, pandemic flu and unprecedented census peaks in the number of patients we helped. Throughout it all, you, as part of our staff of more than 8,050 nurses, responded in an exceptional manner, serving our patients, our communities and one another. The care you give, no matter the circumstances, is special. I notice it firsthand on my rounds, and I’m told about your unequaled service through letters, emails and phone calls. The personal connections you create make a difference in our patients’ outcomes. 

You have also ventured beyond patient and family interaction to join teams working to perfect all that we do. Our Clinical Performance Improvement initiatives depend on your analysis and input; your suggestions to improve our processes and outcomes result in a greater number of patients being helped in a more efficient time frame and with healthier results. Please review your accomplishments on page 13 to see just what I mean. 

In addition, we are continuing on our professional excellence journey with great progress: 

  • The number of nurses we employ with BSN degrees and professional certifications has increased. 
  • We have seven Magnet-designated hospitals and two more working toward the honor, and one of our long-term care facilities secured a Pathways in Excellence designation. 
  • The volume of our scholarly work and related, evidence-based nursing practices rise each year. 
  • Inspired by your successes, I dedicate our annual report to you for the unfailing determination and quality you bring to your work. I’m proud of your achievements in 2017 and encourage you to continue creating an environment of health and healing — our nursing vision — in 2018. 

In good health,

Genemarie McGee, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Corporate Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer,
Sentara Healthcare