Dina Dent, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Dina Dent, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Inova Fairfax Hospital's journey to Magnet Excellence was well underway when the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. Our entire organization has risen to the challenge of providing exceptional care to our patients over the past year. Our intentional journey to create a culture of nursing excellence is essential to our core values of Patient Always and Our People.

Magnet Recognized sealInova Fairfax Hospital is proud to have once again been designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Best Hospitals for Nurses badgeWe are proud to be named one of the nation’s best hospitals for nurses to work, ranking number 11 of 5,000+ hospitals considered for the NurseJournal 2023 Best Hospitals to Work as a Nurse list. Join our nursing team


Our Nurses in Action

nurses in masks with poster saying Congratulations 1000th COVID discharge
Nurses celebrate and honor 1,000 COVID-19 discharges.
Safe at Inova: Some photos may have been taken before the COVID-19 pandemic required social distancing
two individuals posing with their face masks
Inova team members at the hospital.
four nurses holding award plaque
2019 Nursing Research & EBP Symposium (L-R: Dundle, Bopp, Tran, Hill).
ten nurses holding a message about staying home to stay safe
Nurses display the importance of staying home during COVID-19.
A group of nurses with masks, holding their hands together in heart shape
Inova's transplant nurses provide specialized care for a unique set of patients.

"The care was beyond my wildest expectations. You have a surgical center that feels harmonious, filled with sensitivity, compassion, flexibility and dedication to meeting the unique and individual needs of each child and family."
"Being in healthcare one of our biggest fears is to become the one on the receiving end. Not a single person made me feel rushed or like I was bothering them when I needed help. I was treated with respect, dignity and human kindness that made a horrible life event not so horrible."
"Everyone on the Oncology Unit should be commended for the outstanding display of religious and cultural competence that was provided for this patient and their family."

Professional Practice Model graphicNurses at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus are teachers, servant leaders, facilitators, consultants, change agents, coaches, researchers, clinical experts, and motivators. As one team, we inspire and empower our nurses to perform at the highest level of professionalism and to achieve and validate skills and confidence through engagement and feedback.

We have our finger on the pulse of nursing inside and outside our organization, bringing new ideas and approaches that elevate nursing practice.

Our team orients, mentors, encourages, and guides transition to nursing practice at all levels at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, including:

  • New graduate nurses
  • Nurses changing specialty
  • New-hire proficient nurses
  • New nurse leaders
  • APRN transition to practice

Inova Nursing Aspiration

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

Making a Difference to Patients

Meet a few of our Inova Fairfax Medical Campus nurses who share their stories and experiences about what nursing means to them.

Rhonda Straka   Kathleen Mullen
Striving to grow as a nurse
Read Rhonda's story
  "I like taking care of people — being able to go in and answer a question or brighten up someone’s day or doing something that makes a difference for them.”
Read Kathy's story
Erik Valerio   Courtney Caton
"We are truly united for patient care."
Read Erik's story
  "A trauma patient said I helped him to stay calm and that it was reassuring."
Read Courtney's story

three smiling nurses
L-R: Toyin Akinyemi, RN; Hannah Lake, RN; Eddie Rollins, ST


Advancing Excellence and Growth in Nursing

two nurses giving a poster presentation
Evidence-Based Practice Presentation

Left to right: Khushbu Patel, BSN, RN; Enrique Manriquez

Trish Hill with speaker
Exanding Horizons

Inova Fairfax CNE Trish Hill with speaker Allison Massari

an auditorium presentation
Learning & Growth

Attendees learn about creative approaches to problem-solving during Ms. Massari's presentation.

nurses posing with their awards
2018 Inova Fairfax Medical Campus Nursing Excellence Awards

Left to right: Kristin Hood, BSN, RN, CPN; Jeanette Fallgren, BSN, RN, CAPA; Katie McCarter, BSN, RN. CEN; Patricia Hill, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP

nurses posing with their awards
2018 Inova Fairfax Medical Campus Nursing Excellence Awards

Left to right: Maureen Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, NEA-BC; Amber Fuller, BSN, RN; Shannon Thompson, BSN, RN, PCCN; Marisela Clark, RN, CPAN

IAMS award winners
2018 IAMS Awards

Left to Right: Loring S. Flint, M.D.; Patrick Bradley, MSN, RN, CCRN; Socheat Long- Elliott, BSN, RN, CCRN; Lauren Campbell, BSN, RN, CCRN