Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
VUMC's 27-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit includes adult patients with heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmias, structural heart disease, hypothermia post-cardiac arrest, ECMO, pre/post-op vascular and cardiac surgery, and heart or lung transplant. The unit staff consists of Registered Nurses, Care Partners, Medical Receptionists, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Respiratory Therapists. The nurse/patient ratio to 1:1 or 1:2.
As a CVICU nurse at Vanderbilt, you will have a tremendous impact on how care is delivered. For example, nurses run our ECMO program, a very highly specialized and technical job in the CVICU. It's very rare to see a program like this run by nurses.
Nurses also lead our lift team, which is responsible for turning patients every two hours. We also participate in several research projects, from early mobility studies to end-of-life care, delirium studies to research in fluid resuscitation. The CVICU manager looks for go-getters who are driven and who enjoy learning. There is so much information to take in, the CVICU really need nurses who are willing to put in the extra time to study and become more knowledgeable in cardiovascular care.