Meet Our Employees
Inova Alexandria Hospital
What made you decide to come to Inova Alexandria?
I went there on my day off in street clothes, so that no one would know I was a nurse looking for a job. As I walked around, I noticed how pleasant everyone was all over the hospital. It was very friendly and very professional.
What’s your average day like?
From the moment you walk on the floor, it’s very, very busy. That’s a good thing. Our goal is providing excellent care, and I make sure to ask each patient one question: “What is the most important thing we can do for you today?” Whatever that need is, we do our best to meet it.
What’s it like working with your team?
We’re definitely a team, and I’d say that we’re a lot like a family. A few weeks ago, the mother of one of our fellow nurses passed away. We came together and got her a card and flowers and made the effort to comfort her. For me, I have a 10-week old baby, and the team threw me a surprise baby shower. We care for each other.
How has Inova supported your career development?
Financially, they pay for tuition, but they do other things, too. They have a program for advanced degrees, so if funds run out, you can apply for a grant. On my unit, we have self-scheduling, so I can schedule my workdays around school. That has been key in being able to get my master’s degree.
What advice would you give to someone considering Inova?
I can say that the sky is the limit. They help you grow. I started my nursing career as a technician. Then, I got my degree and have been climbing through the ranks ever since. Our Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) makes it known that they look to hire from within. If you put your work in, the possibility is there.