Discover Our Nursing Areas

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital includes a varied selection of specialty nursing areas. You can learn more about our nursing units below.

Ambulatory Care Clinic

This clinic provides charity care for uninsured and underinsured residents in the Hampton Roads community. The facility consists of 20 exam rooms, providing access to primary chronic care and 23 specialty care clinics, in addition to diagnostic testing, procedures, laboratory work and imaging.

Behavioral Health

This unit focuses on mending the human spirit by caring for diseases and addictions affecting the mind. The team learns, teaches and develops verbal and nonverbal assessment skills to address patients’ emotional needs.

Burn Trauma

This specialized ICU team cares for a high volume of trauma, neurosurgical and burn patients in a fast-paced environment. The unit represents a wide range of talent and expertise within our Level I trauma center, specializing in caring for unstable patients. Burn trauma unit nurses utilize their critical thinking skills on a daily basis while working collaboratively with trauma and neurosurgical teams.

Care Coordination

This unit conquers challenging patient transitions with a team approach, partnering with social workers, physicians and all of the care delivery team to develop safe transitional plans. This team consistently applies critical thinking skills to break down barriers and meet the needs of different patient populations. Care coordination challenges are very different from those of bedside nursing but offer a special kind of reward, allowing nurses to serve our patients in and out of the acute care setting.


The first eICU in the United States, this unit includes networks of audiovisual communication and computer systems that link critical care physicians (intensivists) and nurses to ICUs in remote hospitals to reduce mortality, length of stay and prevent complications. The unit offers an extra set of eyes and ears to provide an extra layer of monitoring for bedside staff to watch for indications of complications. The team’s critical thinking skills have been developed through years of bedside practice with a common goal to provide superior care to facilitate the best patient outcomes.

Emergency Department

This unit houses one of only five Level I trauma centers in Virginia. The team of progressive, highly-skilled nurses work closely with other nursing departments and physicians to ensure the best patient outcomes. The department offers a variety of opportunities for learning and skill-building, including advanced training in triage and trauma.

General ICU

This 16 bed medical/surgical ICU cares for a wide range of patients. The unit prides itself on intense teamwork and the support it provides across the hospital in response to medical emergencies. The general ICU is a two-time American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Silver Beacon Award winner, which honors individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care.

Intermediate Care (4 Heart Hospital)

This 24 bed intermediate care unit provides progressive care for adult heart and lung surgery patients using state-of-the-art equipment and advanced monitoring techniques. Surgeries performed may include coronary artery bypasses, valve repair/replacements, transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), aortic aneurysm repairs, septal defect repairs, ablation procedures and thoracic surgeries.

Intermediate Care (5 River Pavilion)

This intermediate care unit focuses on medical/surgical patients with a specialization in stroke care.

Labor and Delivery/Antepartum

This labor and delivery/antepartum unit is the only high risk antepartum unit in the area. The unique unit combines the excitement of the emergency department, the nurturing aspect of bringing new life into the world, the systematic approach of the operating room/post-anesthesia care unit, the intensity of the ICU and the relationship-building of a medical/surgical unit. The team receives high risk patient transfers from approximately 20 health centers within a 70 mile radius while also caring for low risk patients.

Medical Oncology

This dedicated hematology/oncology unit treats patients more like family. Medical oncology nurses care for a variety of patients, including those in need of chemotherapy, biotherapy/immunotherapy, symptom management for cancer treatment and palliative care. The specialized team also performs autologous stem cell transplants.

Medical/Surgical (4 Kaufman)

This 42 bed post-surgical unit offers a fast-paced and challenging environment. Designated a Bariatric Center of Excellence, the unit cares for bariatric surgery patients as well as a variety of other surgical cases like general surgery, ENT, urology, reconstructive plastics, living kidney donor, gynecology and trauma overflow. 

Medical/Surgical (5 Kaufman)

This 42 bed medical/surgical unit is telemetry-capable and emphasizes care for medically managed patients. The team treats the biological, psychological, and sociocultural patient. Many nurses on the unit specialize in care for the elderly and are certified Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders.

Medical/Surgical (7 AB Wing)

This 32 bed medical acute care unit is telemetry-capable and provides care to adults and geriatric populations with a wide variety of medical diagnoses.

Medical/Surgical and Intermediate Care (6 Kaufman)

This 42 bed medical/surgical and intermediate care unit focuses on burn/trauma, orthopedic trauma, neuroscience and epilepsy patients. The unit also includes a specialized Back and Neck Center, caring for elective spinal surgical patients.

Neurosurgical ICU

This unit specializes in strokes, traumatic head injuries and other neurological diagnoses related to the brain or spine. Neurosurgical ICU nurses work together as a compassionate team to provide the best patient outcomes.

Resource Pool

This floating team of experienced nurses cover areas of need on a daily basis. Nurses on this team experience a wide variety of environments to utilize their clinical expertise at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Independence Hospital.

Surgical Preparation and Recovery

This unit specializes in both preparing patients for surgery and ensuring safe recovery before discharge. There are three main nursing roles within the unit. Pre-anesthesia surgical screening nurses review a patient’s history and current condition prior to the planned procedure. Pre-operative nurses physically prepare patients for surgery by performing day-of labs/tests/history, medication review and IV placement. Phase II recovery nurses perform final stabilization and post-procedural education for safe discharge and continued recovery. This unit is only open during the week and is closed on weekends.

Vascular ICU

This 9 bed surgical unit uses the most advanced technology to care for kidney transplant, pancreas transplant and vascular patients. Nurses on the team also treat patients with vascular, renal and cardiac diseases.

Vascular Intermediate Care

This 27 bed intermediate care surgical unit focuses on vascular, transplant and ENT patients. The team cares for post-surgical transfer patients from other units such as vascular ICU, general ICU, vascular pre- and post-operative and the post-anesthesia care unit. Nurses within the unit are also the primary caregivers for pre- and post-operative kidney/pancreas transplant patients, vascular patients (aortic aneurysms, DVTs, etc.), post-operative ENT patients (laryngectomies, parathyroidectomies, thyroidectomies etc.) and a variety of other medical/surgical patients.