Clinical Orientation

Welcome to Vanderbilt!

WHAT: Participants attend Clinical Orientation after they attend Medical Center Orientation. During Clinical Orientation, participants review skills, and participate in didactic and discussion sessions.

WHO: All new licensed and non-licensed clinical staff who have direct patient care

WHERE: Clinical Orientation is held at 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 100. (Parking is not available here. View a parking map and directions here.) To enter the building, walk through the parking garage in the back to access the lobby, and take the elevators to the first floor.

WHEN: Clinical Orientation is typically held twice a month. View our 2017 calendar here.

Participants will be given an individualized itinerary when they arrive, as specific schedules depend upon job roles. The general schedule is as follows:

See table below for Clinical Orientation schedule:




Monday A.M. Medical Center Orientaton, Meet and Greet (7:00am-8:00am) Langford Auditorium
Monday P.M. Clinical Orientation (1:00pm-4:30pm) 3401 West End Suite 100
Tuesday (all day) Clinical Orientation (8:00am-4:30pm) 3401 West End Suite 100
Wednesday (all day) Clinical Orientation (8:00am-4:30pm) 3401 West End Suite 100
Thursday A.M. Computer Training-Medical Receptionists and Care Partners (8:00am-10:00am) 3401 West End Suite 100
Thursday A.M. Point of Care Testing (POCT)**(10:00am-12:00pm) 3401 West End Suite 100
Thursday P.M. Computer Training-Inpatient Licensed**(12:30pm-2:30pm)  3401 West End Suite 100
Monday (all day) Computer Training- VMG Licensed and Non-licensed staff (8:00am-4:30pm) Green Hills Office Building

*All days listed above are the week of CO session, except VMG computer training which occurs the Monday following CO.

**Participants will be notified if they need to attend POCT; The POCT team determines this and relays the message to the CO program coordinator. New hires will be given the class information, if applicable to them.


  • Lunch is provided to participants on Monday only. During subsequent days, participants are invited to bring lunch (refrigeration provided onsite), purchase lunch at the 3401 building cafe, or walk to a nearby restaurant.
  • Clinical Orientation will not be cancelled, even during inclement weather.
  • Clinical Orientation is hosted by Nursing Education and Professional Development.
  • Online Clinical Orientation Manual* available to VUMC Staff
    (* = log-in required)


Clinical Orientation,

Karon Killian, MSN, RN-BC, Nursing Professional Development Specialist 615.875.3114,