ABSN Site in Norfolk, Virginia

Bordered by the Elizabeth River to the west and by the Chesapeake Bay to the north, Norfolk, Virginia, has a storied past as a strategic naval port town dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times.

Because of its unique waterfront geography, it’s still a major hub for the U.S. Navy, serving as home to the Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval installation.

It’s for that reason that it’s no surprise that Sperling’s Best Places considers Norfolk — and the rest of Hampton Roads — one of the best places for military retirees. Combined with the fact that the city also has a burgeoning health care sector, that’s especially great news if you’re a veteran considering a second career as a nurse in Norfolk.

ABSN Program Location

map of Virginia roads with a pin marker in Norfolk

Averett ABSN students participate in nursing skills and simulation labs multiple days each week at our Averett University Norfolk ABSN program site:

6320 N. Center Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Health Care in Norfolk, Virginia

With its close proximity to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the Hampton VA Medical Center, Norfolk plays a significant role in medicine in the region, cementing it as a great place to launch a career in health care.

Statewide, the Virginia health care and life sciences industry produces an annual economic output of $7.4 billion, with Hampton Roads boasting more than 50 medical corporations in the region. These organizations work in conjunction with health care systems such as Bon Secours Health System and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, to name a few.

Regionally, approximately 65,000 people are employed in the medical and life sciences industry as well, according to the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. Some of the area’s most prominent health care organizations include:

  • Sentara Healthcare, a Norfolk-based company that is one of the largest employers in the region, which operates seven hospitals and employs more than 20,000 people in the area
  • Operation Smile, an organization that performs free medical procedures to repair cleft palates and other facial deformities for children in more than 60 countries, and employs about 100 people
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, the oldest continuously running hospital in the Navy medical system, which employs 4,300 military medical personnel in the region

Area Attractions

Bordered by multiple bodies of water and miles of riverfront and bayfront property, including beaches on the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk offers a scenic backdrop for you to complete your accelerated nursing studies. There’s also plenty to do and see here, including:

  • Nauticus, a maritime museum featuring Battleship Wisconsin, a huge WWII warship
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Virginia Zoo
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
  • Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides Triple-A minor league baseball team
  • Norfolk Admirals, ECHL ice hockey team

Contact us to learn more about what it’s like to study nursing in Norfolk, Virginia.

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