Haden Center for Nursing Excellence

Nursing Excellence is the cornerstone of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

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


Advancing Nursing Excellence

At Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, exceptional nursing teams drive innovation, patient satisfaction, and superior patient outcomes. The Haden Nursing Institute supports both new and experienced nurses as they deepen their expertise, advance in their careers, and explore new avenues to express their passion for caregiving.

Since its inception over a decade ago, Haden has helped hundreds of nurses achieve their goals and earn advanced degrees, moving Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital ever closer to our goal of having at least 80% of our nurses with a BSN degree or higher. 

We see the fruits of these investments in the fact that Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital recently earned its 4th consecutive Magnet® designation, the gold standard in nursing excellence. Fewer than 9% of hospitals nationwide ever achieve Magnet, and fewer than 2% have been Magnet-certified four times running.

Your support fosters this 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    

Sara’s Story

Aug 1, 2022 Updated: Aug 1, 2022 Staff, Stories Anthony Harris Jul 15, 2024 11:54 pm

“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 Jul 15, 2024 11:54 pm

“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.