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Whether you’re an experienced RN or a new graduate, your success at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital begins with our individualized orientation process.

During the first days of orientation, our Education department sends each new nurse an individualized orientation schedule to review with our Nursing Professional Development Generalist. The first two weeks of clinical nurse orientation consist of simulation, basic arrhythmia (EKG), eCare training and online learning. Once on the unit, you’ll be assigned to a preceptor to guide your orientation. A group of experts, who also serve as mentors for nurses on the unit, will oversee your orientation process to determine your readiness to independently manage patient assignments.

Within three months of being hired, new graduate RNs will transition into our one year Nurse Residency Program.


Nurse Residency Program

We understand that first year nurses require support and guidance to succeed. The Vizient/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Nurse Residency Program™ helps to build the specific competencies, critical thinking skills and strong leadership abilities that incoming nurses need. Our evidence-based curriculum, developed by experts from academic medical centers and nursing schools from across the country, also includes professional development of competencies beyond basic and unit-specific operational skills.

The 12 month program provides residents with:

  • Enhanced use of evidence-based decision making
  • Increased functioning as an advocate for patients, fam­ilies and the organization
  • Engagement in crucial time-sensitive conversations
  • Expanded leadership skills

Please click here for more information about the Nurse Residency Program.