Vanderbilt Burn Center

Welcome to Vanderbilt Burn Center!

As a designated Level 1 burn center, we care for critically ill adult patients in the burn intensive care unit. Our stepdown unit, however, treats children and adults, so we may have a six-month-old patient and a 95-year-old patient at the same time. We are the only adult and pediatric blended unit in the Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital.  Spend one day in the burn unit, and you'll quickly learn that our nurses are skilled in many diverse ways.  We treat the respiratory complications of inhalation injury, tackle procedure after procedure shortly after the admission of new patients, utilize hemodynamic values to gage the status of fluid resuscitation, and actively participate in ICU rounds.  Our patient population is one of the most complex patient populations in the hospital because besides their illness, our patients may come to us with myriad of social problems —  such as homelessness, drug addiction or child and domestic abuse —  that contribute to that complexity of their care.  I look for nurses with high energy, passion and a good attitude, who value teamwork and who want to be engaged. Our unit is one of the smallest units in terms of staff, so we all work together and depend on each other to give our patients the best care. Our unit also houses a hydrotherapy room, which is staffed by nurses on rotation. Staffing this procedure room requires additional training, but it adds to the opportunities available to nurses on our unit. As a manager, I’m committed to shared governance, shared decision making and collaboration as much as possible. My job is to ensure patients receive the best care possible, nurses are giving the best care possible and nurses love the job they’re doing. I also try to learn about my staff and their career goals and help mentor them toward achieving those goals. If you’re interested in research or informatics, I work to help connect you with those committees or place you in a position to explore those areas of interest. I believe nurses who are happy are more engaged and take better care of their patients. If you’d like to be part of helping return patients to the life they knew before their injuries, apply now and join us!



Location Location
Eleventh floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
Nurse to Patient Ration Nurse to Patient Ratio
ICU = 1:2
Stepdown = 1:4
Beds Number of Beds
ICU = 8
Stepdown = 15
Focus of Care Patient Profile
Adult and pediatric patients with critical burn injuries.    
Unit Team Staff Mix
•    Registered Nurses
•    Care Partners
•    Social Workers
•    Case Managers
•    Physical Therapists
•    Occupational Therapists
Certifications Required Certifications
•    RN Licensure
•    BLS
•    ACLS 
•    PALS
•    CCRN strongly encouraged
Shift Rotations Rotation/Shifts
•    12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
•    Modified self-scheduling
•    Nurses work 2 weekends per schedule and one winter and one summer holiday.
Nurse Residency Program Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program
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The decision to become a burn nurse is a commitment to become an active member of a team of nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists, child life therapists, nurse practitioners, surgeons and nurses — who play a vital role in all phases of healing.”

Crystal B., RN
Burn ICU