Mary Beth MacDonald, RN
When I decided to move to Virginia, I immediately began my job search. I found Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and was immediately attracted to the fact that it’s a Magnet® hospital and a big Level I trauma center. I feel so blessed to have landed a position in the cardiac ICU. Working here is an honor and privilege. The teamwork, communication and compassion for patients is outstanding. The nurse advocacy is also strong on my floor. Our nurses are smart, efficient and professional – I look up to them and I’m proud to say I work here. Working at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has also allowed me to spend my spare time following my passion as a health coach.
Kathleen Smith, RN
I am so proud to call my team on the mother/baby unit my family. I began working on this unit about two years ago when I relocated to Hampton Roads from out of state. I was so impressed by the welcoming feeling during the interview process. A couple of months after I started working on the unit, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I immediately went to see my nurse manager and was so concerned that I would lose my new job, especially since I had not accrued much leave and knew that I would need to take quite a bit of time off for my treatment. My manager assured me that I would not lose my job and she would do all that she could to support me during my treatment. When my colleagues heard about my diagnosis, they got together and donated their leave for the time I needed for my treatment. All in all, I was out for seven weeks getting a double mastectomy and never missed a paycheck. My team showed me so much support, even though they had only known me for three months. I’m so grateful that I was supported by my Sentara Norfolk General Hospital family during my cancer treatment. By the way, I’m doing GREAT!
Ashley Zofchak, RN
I started working on the 4 Kaufman medical/surgical unit right after I graduated from nursing school 12 years ago. Over the years, I’ve learned so much from working here. “Never leave your wingman,” is something that we always take seriously. Even as a new nurse, I never felt alone. Now, as a unit coordinator, I try to make every other nurse on my unit feel that sense of teamwork. There is not a shift that I work when I don’t learn something new – a new nursing skill, an unfamiliar surgical procedure or maybe something new in the computer system. The continued learning process is one reason that I have stayed on this unit for so long. This has always been a great place for new nurses because we take care of so many different types of patients – from our surgery patients to trauma patients to medical patients. I like to think of our team as one big, happy family! When you love where you work and who you work with, any challenge feels so much easier!
Lacey Bloy, RN
Coming out of nursing school two years ago, I knew that I wanted to work at a Level I trauma center and teaching hospital. I also knew that I wanted to work in an ICU. Like many nurses in the Norfolk area, my husband’s job in the Navy brought us here. I had about five months of ICU experience when it was time to move, so I did what any millennial would do. I Googled the best healthcare system in Norfolk. Sentara Healthcare showed up in my results and I was soon chatting with a recruiter about my experience and goals. I was hired for a position in the cardiac ICU, which will help me gain experience to meet my goal of eventually going to CRNA school. The patient population, the Sentara Heart Hospital environment and the nurses on the unit make for the best possible working environment. My orientation was smooth and informative. My preceptors helped instill a confidence in my nursing career that I had previously lacked. I’m currently enrolled in the critical care internship and especially enjoying it. I am happy to say that I am truly thriving here.
Stephanie Swain, RN
I’ve been a nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital since 2006. I chose to begin (and continue) my career here because of the hospital’s quality reputation within the community and the endless opportunities to gain experience. I enjoy working here because we care for the sickest of patients with state-of-the-art equipment and through our partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Working at a teaching facility brings in the most current care options and research studies, allowing us to provide the highest level of care for our patients. Living in the Hampton Roads region also means that I get to spend my time outside of work at the beach or enjoying the outdoors with my family. I also love shopping with my friends, going to the restaurants in Ghent or heading to one of Norfolk’s various museums and shows.
Kayla Morales, RN
Urology, vascular, general surgery… oh my! You want it, the 4 Kaufman medical/surgical unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital most likely has it. With a variety of patients to care for, there’s never a dull moment. My unit offers a never-ending learning environment because there’s such a variety of patient cases every day. When I was in school, one of the things I really wanted from a nursing unit was a very close-knit staff. I wanted to work in an environment where everyone got along with one another and worked as a team. I’ve definitely found that here. Everyone is so friendly and welcomed me from the beginning, which made transitioning from school to the workplace easier than I expected. I feel very lucky to be working in this environment and on this team.
Monica Tupas, RN
I’m from New York and was looking to move somewhere new. I’d visited the Hampton Roads area before and thought it was a nice place. When I discovered a job a Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and completed a phone interview with my unit manager, I remember thinking that she seemed so awesome and that my future co-workers must be the same. My favorite part of working on the progressive ventilator stepdown unit is the people that I work with. I also really like the cafeteria food choices at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and the cleanliness of the hospital. My apartment is close to campus so I love being able to walk to work. I also like going to the gym so that I can eat whatever I want and living in an area where I can enjoy going to the beach.