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Inova Institute of Nursing Excellence

Edelman Nursing Career Development Center puts into practice many of the objectives championed by Inova Institute for Nursing Excellence. Created in 2000, Inova Institute for Nursing Excellence provides outstanding nursing care through career advancement programs, student scholarships and nursing research. The Institute creates programs and services and implements strategies that strengthen nursing practice, education and research at Inova. 

Key objectives 

  • Analysis of trends in nursing practice and education, which influence nurses at Inova
  • Identification of issues and trends affecting the recruitment and retention of the nursing workforce at Inova
  • Implementation of activities that improve the image of nursing
  • Creation and implementation of innovative strategies to increase nurse recruitment and retention
  • Pursuit of grant funding and philanthropic support for nursing projects and scholarships

Current systemwide initiatives

Nursing practice

  • Magnet journey for all Inova hospitals. Currently Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Inova Loudoun Hospitals have received Magnet designation
  • Integrated Clinical Practice Council
  • Patient Education Council

Professional career development

  • ADVANCE Clinical Ladder
  • Continuing education funding
  • Specialty certification support

Recruitment and retention

  • Workforce plan for nursing
  • Nursing scholarship program

Research and consultation

  • Annual Nursing Research Conference
  • Nursing research workshops
  • Nursing research internships
  • System Nursing Research Committee
  • Hospital-based Nursing Research Council


Partnerships with the community and Inova Health Foundation to raise funds to elevate nursing practice education and research.