Nursing Support & Clinical Education
Staff Excellence is a Cornerstone of Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Caring Tradition.

The scholarship was such a blessing for me and my family and played a significant part in my career, in large part because it enabled me to do what I love to do. Going from a construction career into nursing was a huge switch for me, but I feel like I have found my calling.

Forrest Yoder


Empowering our Caregivers

Burnout is a serious issue in healthcare, one that we are tackling directly at Sentara Martha Jefferson through programs that help doctors, nurses, and clinicians care for their physical and emotional wellbeing, and pursue their dreams through scholarships and advanced educational opportunities.

Sara’s Story

Aug 1, 2022 Updated: Aug 1, 2022 Staff, Stories Anthony Harris May 28, 2023 4:05 am

“The scholarship made it possible for our young family to afford having me go back to school.” – Sara Morris, BSN, RN, RN-BC


Esther’s Story

Jun 2, 2022 Updated: Jun 2, 2022 Staff, Stories Anthony Harris May 28, 2023 4:05 am

“We want to give our staff permission and resources to take care of themselves.” – Esther Lazano Otis, Staff Resiency Coordinator


National Recognition Magnet® Honor Signals Excellence in Nursing

In 2021, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital received its Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, becoming the first Sentara hospital to achieve this designation four consecutive times. This highest national honor, which distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards of nursing excellence, currently is bestored on just 9% of all U.S. health care hospitals.


have earned advanced degrees with the assistance of Haden Nursing Institute scholarships.

How Your Gift Supports Our Caregivers

At Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, exceptional nursing teams drive innovation, patient satisfaction, and superior patient outcomes. The Haden Nursing Institute fosters excellence through:


  • Nursing scholarships and loan forgiveness programs
  • Specialty certification and re-certification
  • Expanded opportunities, including Advanced Nurse Practitioners in specialty areas including palliative care, cancer care and senior services
  • Research and evidence-based practice fellowships
  • Nurse residency program for new graduates    

Caring for patients is a commitment and responsibility shared among all members of Sentara Martha Jefferson's multidisciplinary teams. A compelling need for advanced education and training exists among clinical professionals within their respective specialties (respiratory, physical and occupational therapists, medical technicians, etc)

The Center for Clinical Education helps advance excellence across the healthcare continuum at Sentara Martha Jefferson, as it has for nurses through the Haden Nursing Institute, through the support of scholarships, specialty certifications, and professional conference attendance. 

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital nurses, doctors and clinicians give their all, every day, to heal patients and comfort families. They never lose sight of the Caring Tradition. Through philanthropy, our community gives back to these healthcare heroes, making possible programs that help our frontline teams restore their bodies, minds, and spirits.

Help Us Support Our Nurses

Your continued philanthropic support will ensure that Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital will further advance nursing and clinical excellence through education and innovative programs.