Inpatient Medicine

Welcome to Inpatient Medicine!

We care for adult patients with a variety of medical diagnoses of the pulmonary, circulatory, neurological, endocrine, renal, hematological and gastrointestinal systems as well as infectious diseases, dermatological, psychological and rheumatologic disorders. Our nurses typically care for up to six patients, each of those patients may have a different diagnosis, or undergoing multiple treatments, so you are able to gain experience in a wide range of clinical areas. Our nurses need strong assessment and communication skills and the ability to adapt easily to new challenges. I am a democratic leader and strongly believe in shared decision-making. Teamwork is key to our success, and you’ll routinely see nurses helping each other out. The 8 South inpatient unit is scheduled to convert to a cardiac step down unit in spring 2017. With the change, we have seen increased unit participation and excitement, and we have also established a committee that organizes events for staff outside the hospital – for example going bowling together or to a Predators hockey game.  If you value teamwork and are looking to learn new skills, apply now and join us!

Kim Linville, MSN, RN
Inpatient Medicine, 8 North


Location Location
Eighth floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
Nurse to Patient Ration Nurse to Patient Ratio
8N = 1:5 or 1:6
8S = 1:5 or 1:6
Beds Number of Beds
8N = 30
8S = 24
Focus of Care Patient Profile
Adult and geriatric patients with a variety of medical diagnosis of the pulmonary
system, gastrointestinal system, renal system, endocrine system, infectious diseases,
circulatory system, neurological system, dermatological disorders, and rheumatologic
Unit Team Staff Mix
•    Registered Nurses
•    Care Partners
•    Medical Receptionists
•    Nurse Educator
•    Dieticians
•    Occupational Therapists
•    Pharmacists

•    Physical Therapists
Certifications Required Certifications
•    BLS
•    Basic Arrhythmia
Shift Rotations Rotation/Shifts
•    12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
•    Self-scheduling 
Nurse Residency Program Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program
Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt


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“My favorite thing about working on this unit is the camaraderie. It can sometimes be a challenging unit because the patients often have multiple diseases, so the team work on this unit is vital for success. This unit is one of the best units to start out on to expand your general nursing knowledge and is a great springboard for your career in other specialties.”

Olivia M., BSN, RN III
Patient Flow Nurse
Inpatient Medicine, 8N
“I'm most proud of the impact I make on my patients’ lives. On our unit, we get the chance to get to know our patients on a deeper level due to their typically long hospital stays. I am able to build relationships with my patients and their families on a more personal level, which allows me to tailor my nursing care to best serve them. I treasure the ‘thank yous’ I receive from patients because I know that my small impact has made their hospital stay a little better.”

Madelyn C., BSN, RN II
Unit Board Co-Chair
Inpatient Medicine, 8N