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Sentara Healthcare Overview

Norfolk, VA
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Progressing. Partnering. Pioneering.

For 125 years, Sentara has been committed to helping people just like you, people who want the most dedicated medical professionals helping them through every stage of life. To provide a range of quality care, we have ... Read more

Mission: We improve health every day.

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Sentara Healthcare – Why Work For Us?

For more than a decade, Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked Sentara as one of the nation's top integrated healthcare systems. Our not-for-profit system proudly includes advanced imaging centers, nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice agency, a 3,800-provider medical staff and four medical groups. In addition, we provide medical transport ambulances and Nightingale air ambulance, and we extend health insurance to 450,000 people through Optima Health, our award-winning health plan.

Among our many strengths, we are a national leader in heart and kidney care, stroke care, and infection prevention. We were also the first in the nation to pioneer and develop the eICU, a remote monitoring system for intensive care. Our dedication to improving and increasing medical options for our patients is reinforced by our ongoing participation in national and international research. These vital medical trials help us advance toward our mission of improving health every day.

Sentara Healthcare has come a long way since 1888 when it was first established as the 25-bed Retreat for the Sick in Norfolk, VA. Flash-forward more than 126 years: Sentara Healthcare is now comprised of 12 acute care hospitals with more than 100 sites of care all throughout Virginia and northeastern North Carolina and beyond.

Work/Life Satisfaction: Elevated

Here at Sentara Healthcare, we are committed to consistently enhancing our training, advancement tracks, work-life benefits, and more. Our goal is to make you feel more excited to be here every day.

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In addition to a competitive salary, multiple award programs recognize individuals based on their achievement of elevated performance.

Benefits include paid annual leave (PAL) to help you play as hard as you work. PAL is used for vacations, holidays, unforeseen circumstances, or personal appointments.


At Sentara, our employees enjoy a family-friendly environment that encourages a healthy balance between home and work with a variety of scheduling options.


Sentara encourages employees to volunteer and make a real difference in the lives of others by generously sharing their time, talent, and energy with a number of local and national charitable organizations.


Sentara University and the Sentara Leadership Institute offer diverse training and learning programs that help our employees enrich their personal and professional lives.

Nursing at Sentara

The unique continuum of care offered at Sentara Healthcare provides nurses with many possibilities. We welcome inquiries from new and experienced nurses who seek opportunities in a variety of care settings and in a variety of roles.

Sentara Healthcare nurses can explore careers with us in numerous areas:

  • Care Coordination
  • Hospitals
  • Hospice
  • Sentara Life Care
  • Home Care
  • Optima Health
  • Sentara Medical Group

Click this link for more information on the areas above.

 Learn more about our Sentara nurses and their achievements in our nursing annual report.

Sentara Healthcare Reviews

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    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 8 years)


    great place to work, great benefits


    not really any significant problem areas

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Sentara Healthcare Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Sentara Healthcare (New York, NY).


    I am a new graduate nurse. A nurse recruiter reached out to me and scheduled and interview to meet with HR. The interview lasted about 30 minutes. She asked situational questions about my clinical experience (ex. how I would react under a stressful situation). Overall it was relatively easy since I was prepared with situational responses.

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    • If you had a lot of things to handle how would you prioritize your day/patients?   1 Answer
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Sentara Healthcare Awards & Accolades

  • Magnet Designation, American Nurse Credentialing Center, 2008
  • America's Best Large Employers, Forbes, 2018
  • 15 Top Health Systems, IBM Watson Health, 2018
  • Best Hospitals, US News & World Report, 2018
  • Best Nursing Homes, US News & World Report, 2014
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