Nursing at UVA Health

Nursing at UVA Health

UVA Health offers a wide variety of clinical practice opportunities, Advance Practice Provider Nursing, the Nurse Residency Program, and the Professional Nursing Staff Organization.

Clinical Specialties

As a UVA nurse, you can choose a specialty that reflects your interest, expertise and skill, including positions in inpatient and outpatient, home care, surgical and procedural areas.

  • Adult Acute Care

    • General Medicine
    • Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Solid Organ Transplant
    • General Surgery/Trauma
    • Orthopedics
    • Neurology and Epilepsy Unit
    • Neurosurgery
  • Adult Critical Care

    • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
    • Surgical Trauma ICU (STICU)
    • Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
    • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CV ICU)
    • Nerancy Neuro Intensive Unit (NNICU)
  • Dialysis

    For those interested in Nephrology Nursing, UVA offers a variety of clinical settings across central Virginia, including:

    • A progressive Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Clinic and procedure area
    • Eight outpatient dialysis facilities located in Charlottesville and surrounding counties, including Louisa, Orange, Page, Augusta, Amherst, Lynchburg and Altavist 
    • Three acute programs in three facilities—the UVA Medical Center, Central Health's Lynchburg General Hospital and Augusta Medical Center
  • Emergency Services

    Emergency Department

    70-bed, Level 1 Trauma Center treats all types of adult and children's emergencies. Services include:

    • Adult emergency department with bedside registration, four operating rooms, and a 10-bed clinical decision-making unit
    • Children’s emergency department, an 11-bed area with a separate children’s lobby and emergency specialists for patients under 20 years of age
    • Rapid Medical Evaluation area, a 12-bed section designed to address minor emergencies like sore throats, fevers, sprains and lacerations
    • Dedicated 8-bed section for behavioral and mental health emergencies

    Emergency Transport

    Our Medical Transport Network includes helicopter and ground vehicles, as well as critical care and life support systems for adult, pediatric and newborn patients. Since 1984, our crew has remained committed to providing prompt and safe transport.

  • Home Care

    Home Health nurses at UVA Health reach out to patients where it counts most—at home. We help a diverse group of patients maximize their independence and return to normal life by providing patients and families with the treatment, knowledge and resources they need.  We provide home health services in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson, Buckingham, Augusta and Rockingham counties. We have team members who live in each of these areas.

  • Maternal Care Nursing at UVA

    Providing comprehensive obstetrical care to women experiencing both high-risk and normal pregnancies, we recognize the importance of the family in this process and involve them at every stage appropriate. Working alongside our physicians and other specialists, our nursing team provides exemplary patient care, supporting the birth process through innovative, family-centered care that builds on technology and strong coaching relationships with patients and their families.

    We are an all-inclusive maternal-child service, providing nurses with the opportunity to care for patients in the areas antepartum, Labor/Delivery and post-partum setting.

  • Children's Hospital

    • Pediatric Acute
    • Pediatric Intermediate
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    • Newborn Intensive Care Unit
    • Ambulatory Clinics
  • Outpatient

    UVA Health operates more than 80 Ambulatory Clinic sites across the region that care for a wide variety of patients:

    • Primary Care and Specialties
    • General Surgery and Surgical Specialties
    • Women’s Health
    • Children’s Hospital Clinics
    • Behavioral Health

    At UVA, we offer mental and behavioral health treatments for a whole spectrum of disorders.

    Along with a dedicated hospital unit for adults, we provide:

    • Psychotherapy and outpatient medication management, specializing in ADD, mood and anxiety disorders
    • An 8-bed section of our emergency department set aside for evaluating and treating behavioral and mental health emergencies
    • Treatment specifically designed to support people with chronic conditions and illnesses
    • Special care for geriatric, pediatric and women's health issues
  • Peri-Operative Services

    • Main Hospital Operating Room and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
    • Outpatient Operating Room and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

Advance Practice Nursing

Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) at UVA are masters prepared, nationally certified clinicians who manage the care of a defined patient population. 

RN New Graduate/Nurse Residency Program

UVA Health is committed to the professional development of every new graduate nurse and is ready to invest in your clinical practice as you establish your nursing career. The Nurse Residency Program (NRP) provides you with generous, protected orientation time specific to each practice setting. Experienced Preceptors and Nursing Education Coordinators tailor the program to meet your individual needs. In addition to your clinical orientation, regular meetings with other new graduate nurses allow you to learn and develop together. The program supports new ADN, BSN and MSN (second degree, new nurse) graduate nurses during their first 12 months as they transition to their first professional role as an RN.

The NRP focuses on three areas critical to nursing practice including leadership, patient outcomes, and the professional role of a nurse. Throughout the first year of practice, monthly classes are provided to enhance your clinical orientation by providing evidence-based content essential to developing clinicians, peer discussion about transition-to-practice issues, and dialogue with UVA content experts to support your clinical knowledge. Every new graduate nurse immediately becomes a member of the Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO).  UVA Health’s PNSO enables nurses to establish their own professional standards of clinical practice and professional development. As a UVA nurse, you have access to innovative programs that foster continued education, training, and professional advancement.

Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO)

UVA Nursing graphicUVA nurses are looking to work at the highest level in their profession. As expert clinicians and members of the Professional Nursing Staffing Organization (PNSO), they push the envelope to grow in both their careers and in life. We make sure they can. UVA's PNSO enables nurses to establish their own professional standards of clinical practice and professional development. Every UVA nurse is a member of our PNSO and has access to innovative programs that foster continued education, training, and professional advancement.


UVA Health Mission, Vision, and ASPIRE Values

Transforming health and inspiring hope for all Virginians and beyond.

To be the nation’s leading public academic health system and best place to work – while transforming patient care, research, education and engagement with the diverse communities we serve.

ccountability, Accountability, Stewardship, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Equity