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January 16, 2018

Best Hospitals in Virginia for Nurses in 2017

Nurse.org analyzed over 1,800 surveys of nurses from 314 hospitals in Virginia to rank the best hospitals to work for in the state of Virginia.

1. Virginia Hospital Center Arlington

ARLINGTON, VA

4.4 Average Rating
92% Recommended

*Magnet Hospital

"Very friendly and accommodating. Travel staff treated fairly and impartially. Nurse/ Patient Ratio was reasonable. Nurse Manager very flexible with schedule."

"Coworkers were easy to get along with. Communication was easy when there were any questions or concerns. Great support from peers."

"It's a great hospital with excellent benefits!"

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2. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

4.3 Average Rating
97% Recommended

"The pros working at Sentara Virginia Beach General include continued education opportunities, strong nursing management and education departments, and patient to nurse ratios."

"Great staff, the facility operates according to state regs, and provides great care for its residents, including great activities for cognition."

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3. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

RICHMOND, VA

4.3 Average Rating
96% Recommended

*Magnet Hospital

"The facility has a good location, city, lots to do, friendly people, benefits good, pay so-so, large trauma 1 level hospital with a great opportunity for experience, teaching facility."

"Great co-workers, top physicians who are also professors, diverse patient population. I learned so much. Great health benefits."

"Coworkers, scheduling, patients, Magnet hospital, Level I trauma, urban hospital, benefits, education assistance, nurse residency program, clinical ladder program, unit-based committees, hospital-wide committees, shared governance, Daisy award program."

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4. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

CHESAPEAKE, VA

Average Rating 4.2
96% Recommended

"My co-workers were amazing!!! Miss them all dearly. Everyone would pitch in and help when needed. Always had support for codes or anything you needed."

"Great coworkers, facility needs upgrading on units. flexible schedules. Top pay compared to hospitals in the area. 6 to 1 patient ratio."

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5. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center

MIDLOTHIAN, VA

4.2 Average Rating
93% Recommended

*Magnet Hospital

"This hospital is a small community hospital that sees the traffic of a facility twice it's size. Because of this, the management is incredibly supportive and does there best to ensure safe staffing. There are many benefits and education opportunities."

"Everyone in this hospital is insanely nice. You think they are fake, but they are for real just this nice. Very helpful staff. The majority are religious and do pray at huddles in the morning. If this is not your thing, just be respectful of those who participate. The food in the cafeteria is horrible. The food in Richmond is incredible. I love this place."

"Great hospital to work at!"

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6. Sentara Princess Anne Hospital (tie)

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

4.3 Average Rating
92% Recommended

*Magnet Hospital

"Coworkers, pay, Magnet Hospital, teamwork, Beacon award winner, customer service score is high, strong leadership team, good patient ratio."

"The hours are better, with little to no holiday or weekend work required. The nature of the work is more routine than in a hospital, so you more or less know what to expect on a daily basis. Provide the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with patients."

"Excellent leadership, a wonderful community to live and work. Close to the beach and country. Love this hospital. Good people! Physicians are friendly."

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6. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (tie)

FAIRFAX, VA

4.1 Average Rating
94% Recommended

"Coworkers. Facility, staffing ratios, clean facility, seasoned staff, good cafeteria, excellent parking, wellness resources for staff."

"Great staff, level 1 trauma, transplants, exceptional pay, fabulous management, administration listens and considers any/all suggestions."

"Great teamwork among the nurses. Friendly environment. Nice surrounding area. Enjoyed my time there. I would return there to work."

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7. Carilion New River Valley Medical Center

CHRISTIANSBURG, VA

4.1 Average Rating
94% Recommended

"The staff is friendly and helpful. All disciplines work very well as a team. Your input is valued and heard. It is a busy place. You can obtain great skills and knowledge."

"Great place to work. Excellent care and working environment, very safe."

"It's a great place to work. Great nurse PT ratios They care about you and we all work together as a team."

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8. University of Virginia Medical Center

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

4.1 Average Rating
91% Recommended

"Great coworkers and ratios when staffed well. Most attendings I've worked with have been fantastic and work to help shape your understanding."

"I loved my coworkers. They were a great support system. The medical center itself is absolutely wonderful. The teaching aspect is great. I also love the Charlottesville area."

"My co-workers are kind and feel like family. This a large hospital so I have had many experiences working with patients who come from all over. Charlottesville is also a great town for families."

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9. Sentara Obici Hospital

SUFFOLK, VA

4.1 Average Rating
88% Recommended

"The pros of working on this unit is coworkers and teamwork. Beautiful facility. People are very welcoming and there are many resources for help."

"Co-workers staffing ratios. Ethically sound and outcome driven. Great continuity of care. Hometown values. Now under the Sentara Umbrella."

"There are days where things are how they should be but our teamwork helps make it so much better! I love the teamwork and cohesiveness of the shift."

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10. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

FALLS CHURCH, VA

4.0 Average Rating
93% Recommended

"Facility and coworkers are excellent. You're welcomed with open arms. Location and security is a plus. Don't hesitate to consider Inova."

"Traveller friendly - they treat travelers as if they are their own. Staff is friendly and are team players. Management isn't too overbearing but there are close to 4 managers."

"A great sense of teamwork. Very calm and safe workplace. Collaboration amongst co-workers. Managers/directors are not mean but seek to know what can be done to better the unit."

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11. Sentara Norfolk General HospitalCenter

NORFOLK, VA

3.9 Average Rating
97% Recommended

*Magnet Hospital

"Nice friendly environment, pay is great. Co-workers are nice to work with. Not hard work. They are very nice and efficient. All departments worked together nicely."

"Coworkers, Location, Leadership. I worked for this organization for 10 years. Gained a tremendous amount of growth."

"Good pay, flexible hours, great staff, good atmosphere, set up is easy to understand and the location is ideal for all areas."

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12. Henrico Doctors' Hospital

RICHMOND, VA

4.0 Average Rating
88% Recommended

"Very budget minded. Short staffed. High standards, nurses are helpful, oldies are knowledgeable. Good place to learn. And share what you know."

"Monday through Friday day hours, competitive pay, teamwork among co-workers, excellent and supportive management, top-rated doctors, top-rated hospital."

"I've only worked in PostPartum/MotherBaby here in this hospital. We have 320+ deliveries per month for a 29-bed PostPartum, so we are busy busy. The staff have a high level of team spirit and take good care of patients and babies. I've loved working here."

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13. Riverside Regional Medical Center

NEWPORT NEWS, VA

3.9 Average Rating
95% Recommended

"Pay, co-workers, patient population, updated facility, scheduling. As a whole Riverside Regional Medical Center is a great place to learn in a professional and cohesive environment."

"Riverside offers competitive pay. Riverside Regional Medical Center is in a good location. Good administration that makes you feel supported and heard when issues arise."

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14. Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

NORFOLK, VA

3.9 Average Rating
93% Recommended

"Amazing, fun and very knowledgeable individuals to work alongside on the Hemonc floor. Great 4:1 patient assignments."

"Great experience, a wide range of acuity and diseases, friendly place to work, co-workers are helpful, great location in the city."

"Good nurse to patient ratio. Interesting cases. Cover a large area. We have a new ECMO program. Freestanding children's hospital. 70 bed Nicu and 25 bed Nicu. Level 1 trauma center for children. Hematology/Oncology unit. Rehabilitation floor."

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15. Salem VA Medical Center (tie)

SALEM, VA

3.9 Average Rating
92% Recommended

"Flexibility friendly love to teach love to learn prompt love people love patient and families love being a nurse"

"We have excellent benefits and pay. If you want to help the nation's veterans then our hospital is the place to work!"

"Great place to work with excellent benefits."

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15. Carilion Medical Center (tie)

ROANOKE, VA

3.9 Average Rating
92% Recommended

"Coworkers very team oriented, friendly and supportive of each other. Managers are not only patient-oriented but staff oriented as well."

"Good company, educates staff routinely, up to date equipment, teaching hospital."

"Good learning hospital for a student. Positive environment. Patient satisfaction is high. Would suggest anyone to work there in the future."

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15. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (tie)

PORTSMOUTH, VA

3.9 Average Rating
92% Recommended

"The nurse-patient ratio is excellent compared to a civilian hospital."

"Team goals are a priority."

"I love where I work and would love to stay but I'm transitioning out of the Navy and would love to travel around the country more."

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16. Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

FORT BELVOIR, VA

4.1 Average Rating
82% Recommended

"People are wonderful, good atmosphere and good shifts. Beautiful building. Modern equipment. Big hospital, plenty parking, very trained staff, good access."

"Beautiful facility in a great area (DC), although the commute can be challenging. The pleasure of serving active duty and retired members of US military and their families."

"I'm an active duty navy nurse stationed at Fort Belvoir Hospital, very nice hospital, good patient-nurse ratio."

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17. Sentara Leigh Hospital

NORFOLK, VA

3.9 Average Rating
88% Recommended

*Magnet Hospital

"Pay and scheduling, friendly co-workers and benefits. Education was always paid for. The cafe always had a nice selection."

"Great schedule, awesome teamwork, great learning opportunities."

"Warm, friendly atmosphere, recent magnet accreditation."

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Methodology: Nurse.org surveyed 1,853 nurses in the state of Virginia from 2015-2017 for this report. The ranking order is based on the average rating and the percent of nurses who would recommend their hospital. Hospitals with less than 10 nursing reviews were excluded from our list. 

Media Contact: If you have any questions, please contact sarah@nurse.org.

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