Nursing at Inova

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Nursing at Inova

At Inova we have a talented, diverse and professional nursing community. Inova's promise is about purpose and privilege and helping nurses be the best they can be in patient care, every time, every touch. We strive for excellence in the care we provide our patients. But we also strive for excellence in our own professional development. Inova is proud to offer employment, educational and career development opportunities specifically for our nurses.


At Inova, our nursing practice is grounded in connection, caring, compassion, and excellence through innovation, and the best evidence, in service to our patients, their families, our communities, and each other.


Inova nurses aim to be the most trusted nurses in the nation.

Nursing Residency + Retention

"Inova provides a Nurse Residency Program for all new graduate nurses starting their career. This 1-year program, meeting monthly for four hours in a cohort setting, provides for educational and emotional support as new graduate nurses transition from being a student to the role of the professional nurse. The monthly meetings provide a safe environment for the necessary learning and transitions, focusing on time management, communication, dealing with stress, conflict management, as well as working with complex clinical scenarios. The residency also provide additional training in evidence-based nursing practice and provides an opportunity for learners to apply the principles of EBP to unit-based issues and provide solutions to real-time identified problems."

- Richard A. Billingsley, DNP, MHA, RN
Director, Nursing Professional Development

Thank You to all who support Inova nurses

Inova is committed to attracting and retaining the most talented and skilled nurses, and to ensuring our nurses have robust professional development opportunities. Inova is grateful to our donors for their generous support in funding many of the scholarships and awards highlighted here. Philanthropic gifts allow us to support our nurses as they seek to advance their skills, further their education and provide personal and highly skilled care to all of our patients. To all of our nursing donors we say, “Thank You!”

2019 Inova Nursing Research Symposium

"Launching Evidence Into Practice"

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We are Stronger Together

"Inova Nurses are more than 5,000 strong. They make a difference every day by delivering compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence based care. Inova touches more than two million lives in a year; the engagement of Inova nurses at all levels – from direct caregivers to executives – is key to delivering the quality of care we provide every time, every touch. Our nurses are leading the way in improving the health of our communities."

- Maureen E. Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN,
EVP, Chief Nursing Officer, Inova Health System

Chief Nursing Officers

photo of all Inova chief nurse officers
Front row, left to right: Alquietta Brown, PhD, RN, MHSA (Inova Mount Vernon Hospital); Fadia Feghali, MS, RN, NE-BC (Inova Alexandria Hospital); Maureen E. Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, NEA-BC (EVP, Chief Nursing Officer, Inova Health System); Debbie Fulbrook, EdM, MHS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital); Patricia J. Mook MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CAHIMS (Chief Nursing Information Officer, Inova Health System).
Back row, left to right: Nancy J. Loeffler, MHA, BSN, ACM, CCM (Inova Medical Group); Marissa B. Jamarik, DNP, RN, NEA-BC (Inova Loudoun Hospital); Patricia E. Hill, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP (Inova Fairfax Medical Campus).


Inova's Professional Practice Model

graphic of professional practice model - six tenets that together make up Inova's human caring philosophy and healthy work environment, leading to optimal outcomes. The six tenets are Shared transformational leadership, Meaningful recognition, Collaborative relationships, Professional vision and value, Care delivery system, and Evidence-based practice.

1 - Shared Transformational Leadership

(Decision Making, Empowerment, Autonomy, Accountability, Succession Planning, Innovation)

2 - Meaningful Recognition

(ADVANCE Clinical ladder, Education Advancement, Professional Certifications, Award and Honors)

3 - Collaborative Relationships

(Community, Inter and Intradisiplinary Collaboration, Effective Communication)

4 - Professional Vision and Value

(Culture of Safety, Clinical Excellence, Work Life Balance, Appreciation of Diversity)

5 - Care Delivery System

(Patient Focused, Respect of Patient and Family Preferences, Team Approach, Efficient)

6 - Evidence-Based Practice

(Nurse-driven Research, Clinical Inquiry, Translate/Incorporate Findings into Practice, Evaluate Patient Outcomes)

Inova’s professional practice model is designed to embody a Human Caring Philosophy and a Healthy Work Environment.


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