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This unit is a 34 bed step-down unit that specializes in stem cell transplants, malignant hematology and clinical trials. Our patient focus is on family-centered patient care and maintaining the patient’s quality of life.
A typical shift for our nurses includes caring for patients with the assistance of a care partner; administering chemotherapy, blood products, a variety of medications, reviewing laboratory findings and collaborating with the medical team to assess and address goals of care; educating patients on disease and treatment options. We are dedicated to providing a fulfilling and high energy work environment. Our nurses and care partners have a unique perspective on compassion and a strong belief in the enormous potential of cancer survivorship.
Our multidisciplinary team follows the span of our patients' lives through their physicality, frailties, suffering and successes while promoting wellness and self-care.
Due to prolonged inpatient stays, our team strives to create an environment that benefits patients, families, and staff through local charities, volunteers, and staff and management-lead committees. We continually work to improve and grow, championing all involved to continue to provide the best in cancer care.
A 34-bed positive air flow heap-filtration unit
Dedicated to providing care to Vanderbilt’s Cancer Patient Population who require a higher level of care
Part of Vanderbilt’s Critical Care Tower and we opened in 2012
A unit who supports our Cancer Caregivers – They are provided with access to showers and laundry facilities, and there is a dedicated family zone in each patient room
Dedicated to the physical rehabilitation of our patients as we know cancer can have devastating effects. A Rehabilitation room has been created, with a recumbent bicycle, elliptical machine and ballet barre
A unit with a nurse patient ratio of 1:3 or 1:4
A minimum of six months of experience as a nurse is required
One year of experience is preferred
Achievement of chemotherapy certification is required during first year of employment (training, support and resources provided by leadership for successful certification)
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Preferred, but not required:
Oncology experience and existing chemotherapy certification
Oncology nurse certification
This is a 12-hour shift, 36 hours per week. The schedule is made for six weeks which will include 12 weekend shifts (Friday and Saturday nights). Nurses are required to work five weekend shifts out of the 12 weekend shifts available in a the 6-week schedule. We offer self-scheduling.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Our Nursing Philosophy
We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.
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Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center: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 diversit...y — 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.