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Washingtonian Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

Congratulations to Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Darlene Vrotsos, MS, BSN, RN, winner of Washingtonian Magazine's 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award - Nursing Leadership!

We thank Darlene and Assistant Patient Care Director Michelle Altman, MBA, RN (finalist, 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award - Community Nursing, Hospital) for their expertise and dedication to our patients and the local community.

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Medical and Surgical Nursing at Virginia Hospital Center

Virginia Hospital Center is fortunate to have multiple nursing units dedicated to the care of medically complex patients and postoperative patients. In addition to the general medical population served, our new hospital layout allows for each unit to also concentrate on a medical subspecialty. This focused placement ensures that the patient is cared for by nurses with ongoing education and interest in that diagnostic group. It also allows physicians and nurses to collaborate more effectively on protocols for care and improves communication and timeliness in initiating prescribed treatment.

Medical-Surgical nursing is considered a specialty at Virginia Hospital Center and as such, many units work on new programs for the benefit of their division and the hospital at large. These include educational conferences, the mentorship pilot program, adjunct faculty positions, selective review courses, etc.

At Virginia Hospital Center, our nurses practice modified primary nursing with our focus being on relationship-based care. We believe that not only do we have the ability to help our patients heal, but that we can ensure that their experience while in the hospital can be a highly positive one as well.

Each of our medical and surgical units has the following attributes:

  • Hands-on engaged nurse management team
  • Clinical specialist/nurse educator assigned to each unit
  • Computerized documentation
  • Self-governed nursing staff
  • Trained preceptors for newly hired nurses and an 8-10 week unit orientation for new graduates
  • Med-Surg nursing residency program for new graduates, with peers from all units
  • Off shift assistant patient care directors for some areas
  • Clinical ladder advancement program for our staff nurses
  • All private patient rooms
  • Pharmacist on the unit
  • High patient satisfaction scores
  • Case managers on the units
  • Professional dress code

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Phone: 703.558.8109
E-mail: recruitment@virginiahospitalcenter.com

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Jeff DiLisi, MD, Vice President, and Chief Medical Officer
“What makes Virginia Hospital Center such a special place to practice medicine is the welcoming, collaborative nature of the nurses here.”

Margaret Navarro, MSN, RN
Margaret Navarro, MSN, RN
“Nursing in a word: caring. We care for not only our patients, but we care for each other as staff, as employees. We really do take care of one another here at Virginia Hospital Center.”


Chidi Ihezue, BSN, RN
“Everybody supports each other and the care here is phenomenal. I definitely want to work at a place where patient care is optimal and Virginia Hospital Center is a true reflection of excellence in patient care.”

Suzzanne Buquet, RN
Suzanne Buquet, RN
“Professional growth and learning are unlimited here. We have the opportunity to attend conferences, to attend continuing education, to advance in our field and also to explore other fields as well.”

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