Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Sussex was voted 'top healthcare employer for nurses' in this year's Healthcare 100 survey, carried out jointly by Nursing Times and sister title HSJ.
The awards, which this year replace the Nursing Times 100, were voted for by employees across the NHS and independent sector and recognise the top places to work in healthcare.
The Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust also came second in the overall Healthcare 100, behind the independent Benenden Hospital Trust in Kent (click here for full results).
The foundation trust - a specialist regional centre for burns and plastic surgery - won the nursing category for providing interesting and challenging work, training and development opportunities and flexible working.
The director of nursing, Caroline Becher, makes a point of coming in at nights to see staff she might ordinarily miss on day ward rounds and the chief executive, who has a medical background, 'remembers people's names'.
Staff at the trust said that they were 'proud of the organisation they worked for'. One said: 'We really do make a difference and it feels great to be working within such a consistently high performing organisation.'
Another added: 'It is a developing and expanding foundation trust and the development opportunities for staff are almost unlimited- it is a dynamic place to work.'
Yeovil District Hospital Foundation NHS Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust were ranked in second and third place, respectively, as the best nurse employer to work for.
Rachel Munton, director of nursing at the Nottingham trust, told Nursing Times that the organisation was a 'vibrant and varied' place to work.
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's win in the nursing category breaks the monopoly of Sunderland PCT, which has come top in the previous three Nursing Times 100 awards.
The announcement of the Healthcare 100 results follow health minister Lord Darzi's emphasising of the need for 'high quality workplaces' in the NHS Next Stage Review. The new NHS Constitution also pledged to engage staff in decisions that affected them and the services they provide.