nursing areas

Nursing Areas

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital includes a varied selection of specialty nursing areas. You can learn more about our nursing units below.

Advanced Heart Failure

This 24 bed intermediate and low level critical care unit specializes in pre- and post-heart transplants, pre- and post-mechanical circulatory support/left ventricular assist devices and pulmonary hypertension patients. These populations often have multiple comorbidities and co-conditions that require incorporating care from areas such as renal, gastrointestinal, immunology, pulmonary, neurology and infectious disease. The unit’s culture supports teamwork and continuous learning to meet goals in safety, quality and customer service.

Ambulatory Care Clinic

This clinic provides charity care for uninsured and underinsured residents in the Hampton Roads community. The facility consists of 20 exam rooms, providing access to primary chronic care and 23 specialty care clinics, in addition to diagnostic testing, procedures, laboratory work and imaging.

Behavioral Health

This unit focuses on mending the human spirit by caring for diseases and addictions affecting the mind. The team learns, teaches and develops verbal and nonverbal assessment skills to address patients’ emotional needs.

Burn Trauma ICU

This specialized ICU team cares for a high volume of trauma, neurosurgical and burn patients in a fast-paced environment. The unit represents a wide range of talent and expertise within our Level I trauma center, specializing in caring for unstable patients. Burn trauma unit nurses utilize their critical thinking skills on a daily basis while working collaboratively with trauma and neurosurgical teams.

Cardiac ICU (CICU)

This 10 bed cardiac intensive care unit manages multi-system organ failure (MSOF) in the setting of heart failure. Patient care includes hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, multiple drug infusions and CRRT, cardiac arrest with targeted temperature management, durable and temporary left ventricular assist devices (LVAD, IMPELLA, IABP) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) requiring specialized infusions. 

Cardiac Medicine IMCU (5 Heart)

This 24 bed intermediate care unit provides advanced progressive care and continuous telemetry monitoring to a specialized group of cardiac patients. These include pre-structural heart program procedures performed in the hybrid operating room, advanced heart failure patients requiring comprehensive diuresis (including initiation and close management of aquapheresis therapy), highly coordinated care for patients with level III heart failure, STEMIs, pre- and post-cardiac interventional procedures, dual and single chamber pacemaker management and patients with advanced arrhythmias. The specialized team utilizes the latest technology and prides itself on interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork and patient education as evidenced by outstanding customer service scores.

Cardiac Observation

This 12 bed unit prepares and recovers patients undergoing procedures in the catheterization and electrophysiology labs.

Cardiac Surgery ICU (CSICU)

This is a 12 bed intensive care unit where nurses care for any patients who have undergone open heart surgeries such as coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG), valve repair or replacement, aneurysm repair, TAVR, ablations, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support devices (including ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and various lung surgeries. Nurses also manage critically ill patients requiring intensive hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, multiple drug infusions, IABP therapy, Impella and CRRT.


The first eICU in the United States, this unit includes networks of audiovisual communication and computer systems that link critical care physicians (intensivists) and nurses to ICUs in remote hospitals to reduce mortality, length of stay and prevent complications. The unit offers an extra set of eyes and ears to provide an extra layer of monitoring for bedside staff to watch for indications of complications. The team’s critical thinking skills have been developed through years of bedside practice with a common goal to provide superior care to facilitate the best patient outcomes.

Emergency Department

This unit houses one of only five Level I trauma centers in Virginia. The team of progressive, highly-skilled nurses work closely with other nursing departments and physicians to ensure the best patient outcomes. The department offers a variety of opportunities for learning and skill-building, including advanced training in triage and trauma.

Float (Resource) Pool

This floating team of experienced nurses utilizes clinical expertise in a variety of specialty areas throughout Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on a daily basis. The pool offers flexibility in scheduling for optimal work/life balance. Nursing specialties include antepartum, behavioral health, cardiac, emergency, intensive care, intermediate care, medical/surgical, oncology, rehabilitation and surgical services.

General ICU

This 16 bed medical/surgical ICU cares for a wide range of patients. The unit prides itself on intense teamwork and the support it provides across the hospital in response to medical emergencies. The general ICU is a two-time American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Silver Beacon Award winner, which honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care.

Integrated Care Management

This unit conquers challenging patient transitions with a team approach, partnering with social workers, physicians and all of the care delivery team to develop safe transitional plans. This team consistently applies critical thinking skills to break down barriers and meet the needs of different patient populations. Integrated care management challenges are very different from those of bedside nursing but offer a special kind of reward, allowing nurses to serve our patients in and out of the acute care setting.

IMCU (4 Heart)

This 24 bed intermediate care unit provides progressive care for adult heart and lung surgery patients using state-of-the-art equipment and advanced monitoring techniques. Surgeries performed may include coronary artery bypasses, valve repair/replacements, transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), aortic aneurysm repairs, septal defect repairs, ablation procedures and thoracic surgeries.

IMCU (5 River)

This intermediate care unit focuses on medical/surgical patients with a specialization in stroke care.

Labor and Delivery/Antepartum

This labor and delivery/antepartum unit is the only high risk antepartum unit in the area. The unique unit combines the excitement of the emergency department, the nurturing aspect of bringing new life into the world, the systematic approach of the operating room/post-anesthesia care unit, the intensity of the ICU and the relationship-building of a medical/surgical unit. The team receives high risk patient transfers from approximately 20 health centers within a 70 mile radius while also caring for low risk patients.

Medical Oncology (6 River)

This 18 bed medical/surgical hematology/oncology unit provides a continuum of oncology care. Nurses monitor and assess physical conditions, administer chemotherapy and provide symptom management while utilizing treatment modalities exclusive to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The team delivers dynamic care including chemotherapy, inpatient radiation, high dose radioactive iodine, autologous stem cell transplants and CAR-T cell transplants.

Medical/Surgical (9 Kaufman)

This 24 bed medical acute care unit is telemetry-capable and provides care to adults and geriatric populations with a wide variety of medical diagnoses.

Medical/Surgical (10 Kaufman)

This 24 bed medical/surgical unit is telemetry-capable and emphasizes care for medically managed patients. The team treats the biological, psychological, and sociocultural patient. Many nurses on the unit specialize in care for the elderly and are certified Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.

Medical/Surgical and IMCU (7 Norfolk)

This 22 bed medical/surgical and intermediate care unit provides nurses with a strong foundation, caring for patients with a wide variety of diagnoses. Built on a foundation of teamwork and compassion, the team has a strong sense of interdisciplinary collaboration and continually supports the pursuit of excellence through evidence-based practice in a dynamic environment.

Medical/Surgical and IMCU (8 River)

This 34 bed medical/surgical and intermediate care unit focuses on burn/trauma, orthopedic trauma, neuroscience, epilepsy and bariatric patients.


This 21 bed unit focuses on high risk postpartum patients and newborns. The team aims to make a high risk experience as “normal” as possible for each family. The unit utilizes couplet care, practicing non-separation whenever possible and delayed bathing to allow for uninterrupted bonding.

Neurosurgical ICU

This unit specializes in strokes, traumatic head injuries and other neurological diagnoses related to the brain or spine. Neurosurgical ICU nurses work together as a compassionate team to provide the best patient outcomes.

Post Anesthesia Care (PACU)

This 35 bed unit, housing four isolation rooms, cares for a variety of post-surgical adult patients. These patients include trauma, ENT, urology, bariatric, vascular, neurosurgical (back and spine), OB/GYN, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, plastic and general surgery. The team also cares for ICU patients who have undergone craniotomies, neuro-embolizations, carotid artery, lower limb bypass, trauma and general surgeries.

Progressive Ventilator Support

This 16 bed progressive care unit provides care to a variety of patients from intensive care units who have failed extubation, have a tracheostomy and can be on the ventilator. In addition to a focus on respiratory rehabilitation, the team cares for patients with traumatic injuries, neurologic impairments, chronic renal failure, cardiac complications and general medicine.


This 16 bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit is a place where you can find miracles every day. Common diagnoses include cerebrovascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, amputations, major multiple traumas, brain injuries, bilateral joint replacements, neurological disorders and cardiac/pulmonary disorders (including patients following heart transplants, LVAD and patients with pulmonary hypertension on special medications no longer requiring titration).

Short Stay Observation

This 10 bed medical/surgical unit cares for post-operative patients. Most patients transition to the unit from urology, ENT, vascular, plastic or general surgery. Patients are also received from procedural/ancillary areas, endoscopy gastrointestinal, interventional radiology and the emergency department. This fast-paced unit is open Monday through Saturday to accommodate the surgical flow of patients admitted for 24 hours or less.

Special Care Nursery

This 47 bed level III nursery specializes in the care of infants born at 28 weeks gestation or greater, weighing at least 800 grams and/or in need of specialty level care. The skilled and compassionate team provides family-centered care with a multidisciplinary approach for our tiniest and sickest babies.

Spine Center (6 River)

This 18 bed medical/surgical unit is dedicated to taking excellent care of spine surgery patients. The unit is supported by the Sentara Back & Neck Center — a specialized program that provides comprehensive spine care to patients undergoing back and neck procedures. The team provides post-op care, symptom management and motivation to ensure a smooth recovery that gets patients back to their favorite activities as soon as possible. This team-oriented unit also offers specialized training for nurses.

Surgery (5 Kaufman)

This 42 bed unit offers a fast-paced and challenging environment, specializing in adult post-operative care. The unit monitors epileptic patients to determine suitability for surgery and provides care for other surgical specialties such as general surgery, ENT, urology, reconstructive plastics, living kidney donor, gynecology and trauma overflow.

Surgical Preparation and Recovery

This unit specializes in both preparing patients for surgery and ensuring safe recovery before discharge. There are three main nursing roles within the unit. Pre-anesthesia surgical screening nurses review a patient’s history and current condition prior to the planned procedure. Pre-operative nurses physically prepare patients for surgery by performing day-of labs/tests/history, medication review and IV placement. Phase II recovery nurses perform final stabilization and post-procedural education for safe discharge and continued recovery. This unit is only open during the week and is closed on weekends.

Vascular ICU/Surgical ICU

This 16 bed surgical intensive care unit uses state-of-the-art technology to treat its patients. The 8 bed vascular unit cares for kidney transplant, pancreas transplant and vascular patients while the 8 bed post-surgical unit treats patients requiring surgical interventions for bowel, bladder and abdominal diseases.

Vascular IMCU (4 River)

This 36 bed intermediate care surgical unit focuses on vascular, transplant and ENT patients. The team cares for post-surgical transfer patients from other units such as vascular ICU, general ICU, vascular pre- and post-operative and the post-anesthesia care unit. Nurses within the unit are also the primary caregivers for pre- and post-operative kidney/pancreas transplant patients, vascular patients (aortic aneurysms, DVTs, etc.), post-operative ENT patients (laryngectomies, parathyroidectomies, thyroidectomies etc.) and a variety of other medical/surgical patients. The team is dedicated to high quality care, positive patient outcomes, safety and teamwork. This is a great unit for new graduate RNs to obtain well-rounded experience and for experienced nurses to gain new skills or enhance their skill set.