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Suffolk native to be new top nurse

Stephanie Jackson will join the Sentara Obici Hospital leadership team as Chief Nurse Executive on June 24.

Jackson is currently a director of patient care services at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. In this role, she is responsible for two acute care inpatient nursing units, an oncology unit and a clinical decision unit. She also is responsible for quality and safety, infection control and professional practice, which is the department responsible for maintaining Magnet status, a seal of excellence in nursing, which Sentara Obici Hospital also achieved in 2018.

Prior to joining Sentara Leigh Hospital, Jackson worked at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for 15 years with increasing responsibilities as nurse, clinical specialist, nurse manager and director of nursing.

Jackson is a board certified nurse executive and a champion for patient safety. In 2007, with grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she co-authored a professional paper on fall prevention. The paper, “Preventing Falls Step-by-Step,” appeared in Advance for Nursing magazine. Jackson also published her dissertation on pressure injury prevention in Ostomy Wound Management and serves as Sentara executive sponsor for the Clinical Appropriateness Pressure Injury Initiative across all 12 Sentara hospitals.

Jackson obtained her three nursing degrees from the University of Virginia — Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992, Master of Science in Nursing in 1998 and Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2010.

Jackson grew up in Suffolk and graduated from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Her parents and extended family currently live in Suffolk.

Jackson will replace Phyllis Stoneburner, who recently retired after 16 years as Chief Nurse Executive at Sentara Obici.