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Sentara Healthcare Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Sentara Healthcare CEO Howard P. Kern
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  • Needs for oversight and input from upper management (in 13 reviews)

  • low pay for experience applicants (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Nursing Care Partner - Great place to learn!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nursing Care Partner in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Nursing Care Partner in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and make connections. Worked with so many different nurses, most truly care about their patients and work. Great team work and managers really care about the staff. Great company to advance with!

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit better considering the cost of living. More respect for care partners.


  2. "Human Resource Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Focusing on the people of the company

    Cons

    Not that exciting work from day to day

  3. "RN"

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    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Consistent hours. Efficient team. Competent leadership. Readily available resources. Hospital structure is pleasant airy, private rooms. Well stocked and userfriendly medication system. Convenient travel from home.

    Cons

    The rate of patient turnover is very high so that our unit is fast paced. As a result the staff turnover is high as a lot of new nurses that get hired become overwhelmed and quit. This often increases the nurse to patient ratio and the environment becomes stressful. Additionally there is added tasks when the nurse assistant calls out with no replacement which happens often.

    Advice to Management

    Create a resource pool to supplement staffing needs.


  4. "Don't Do It!!!!!!!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Staff RN
    Former Employee - Staff RN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ninety percent of the floor staff are fantastic, they truely care about their patients and do their best to provide excellent care.

    Cons

    Forget about questions. The educators know nothing and the company "compliance" website, where all protocols are supposed to be. is a disaster. Nurse patient ratio's get dicey when you are short staffed (always). New nurses, which are 90% of the workforce don't stand a chance.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself. Start trying a little harder to retain your experienced nurses and stop pretending it's not all about the money.


  5. "RN II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    nice hardworking team minus management

    Cons

    no room for growth, policies aren’t enforced


  6. "Outpatient Coder"

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    Current Employee - Outpatient Coder in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Outpatient Coder in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Opportunities for advancement
    Try to keep employees happy and in the know

    Cons

    The hospitals are a part of a corporation and being so makes it difficult for communication and unity within policies as an organization.


  7. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people to work with

    Cons

    Very short in staffing for units

  8. "Benefits are awesome!"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I will be paying just under $400 a month for 6 people to have top of the line health insurance including dental and vision. I will also have discounted copays if I use a Sentara facility.
    There's several other benefits such as Flex spending accounts which eliminates tax on daycare costs. Life insurance, tuition reimbursements and more. They also pay for my continuing education credits and BLS/CPR certifications.

    Cons

    Pay is less competitive than some places but if you factor in the benefits, it is worth it to me.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people you can trust and do not micro-manage them.


  9. "No pain, no gain."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    If you are willing to put in hard hours in a sometimes chaotic environment for mediocre compensation, Sentara is a great place to gain valuable clinical experience that you can leverage for better pay elsewhere.

    Cons

    Patient safety and staff resilience are often traded to placate referring physicians whims and wishes.

    Advice to Management

    Value your nurses as much as you appear to value referring physicians.


  10. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Harrisonburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and potential for growth

    Cons

    -The pay is not as high as other area hospitals
    -Management does nothing to head off staffing shortages and does not listen to employees telling them there is an issue
    -A position has to be vacated before they will fill it so that position is not actually filled for 2-4 months

    Advice to Management

    Don't make us have to justify a position or need for a travel nurse to the current extent. People are getting worked too much and then they decide to take jobs elsewhere which creates even more shortages. Get travel nurses at the first sign of a shortage to help out your current staff before they decide to leave also. Perhaps you should give retention bonuses as well.


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