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This unit is a 34 bed 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. We Are:
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
Registered Nurse (RN) with a minimum of six months experience
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)
Preferred, but not required:
Oncology experience and existing chemotherapy certification
Oncology nurse certification
Shift Information: 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.
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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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As th...e largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.