As top philanthropic priorities at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, staff education and professional development have proven vital to the delivery of high-quality health care, as well as personalized patient and family-centered experiences. In addition to the value realized in improved quality, safety and outcomes, this investment in employment pathways, from entry-level to advanced positions, provides a return for current and future members of the Sentara Martha Jefferson team.
Established in 2013, the Haden Institute for Nursing Excellence and Innovation facilitates the advancement of educational goals for nurses, improves evidence-based nursing practice, and enhances clinical outcomes and nurse/patient satisfaction.
With a goal of having 80 percent of Sentara Martha Jefferson nurses with direct patient care responsibilities earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees by 2020, 94 nurses have completed a BSN or advanced nursing degree since the institute was founded. As part of this effort, 71 nurses are currently on Haden Institute scholarships.
The Center for Clinical Education, a virtual center for the advancement of educational and professional development opportunities for clinical/technical non-nursing staff at Sentara Martha Jefferson, was established in 2017 through community support.
The center’s initiatives support: 1) the advancement of skill-based education and professional development opportunities for incumbent clinical and technical members of the healthcare delivery team at Sentara Martha Jefferson; and 2) a workforce development program, in partnership with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), through which new employees are identified, recruited and trained for sustaining careers in health care at Sentara Martha Jefferson.
Thanks to community philanthropy, the center was able to make the following achievements in its first year:
• In June 2018, Sentara Martha Jefferson awarded 22 scholarships supporting incumbent clinical staff in their pursuit of associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development through the pursuit of advanced certifications in clinical specialty areas.
• In 2018, four new Margaret Hulvey Wright Scholarships were awarded to outstanding second-year students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at PVCC. Historically, upon the completion of degree requirements and certification exams, many Wright Scholarship recipients have been employed as medical sonographers at Sentara Martha Jefferson.
• In 2018, one new Marshall Make A Difference Award will be awarded to honor and recognize a member of the respiratory therapy/nursing staff on a Sentara Martha Jefferson medical/surgical unit. Lindsay Marshall created this annual award in 2017 to recognize Sentara Martha Jefferson med/surg caregivers in appreciation of those who cared for her during a life-threatening illness.