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Adult Acute Inpatient Medicine, 8 North VUH/5C at VCH

Jensine RussellHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Jensine Russell, RN, DNP manager of the 8 North Adult Acute Inpatient Medicine unit, also known as “Great North.”  We are located on the 8th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital and as we expand, 5C at Children's Hospital.

The environment on our unit is exciting, dynamic, and team-oriented.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 to 100+ who are being treated for respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, neurological, psychiatric, cardiac, and infectious diseases.  Our patient population is unique because of the complicated range of conditions that requires a multifaceted approach to our patient care.

One of the perks of working on my unit is the opportunity to work with an amazing team and develop a strong, well-rounded knowledge base and skill set.  8 North is committed to helping nurses learn and succeed.

Our nurses are successful because they have strong clinical knowledge, effective communication and assessment skills, and a passion for improving the lives of others.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing six weeks of unit based orientation with dedicated and talented preceptors. 

Our unit is in the Adult Acute Care Medicine track of the Nurse Residency Program.

We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to become a well-rounded, confident nurse, 8 North Adult Acute Inpatient Medicine can help with this by offering a challenging, exciting, and supportive environment that fosters professional growth, resilience, and nursing excellence.

If you have any questions about our unit, please email me at or visit Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt to explore open nursing positions.

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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
“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, 8N
 “I like working on 8 North because there is always something new to learn! Because of our diverse patient population, we get to learn about and treat a wide variety of medical diagnoses.”
Autumn V. , BSN, RN
 “I like working on 8 North because you never feel alone on this floor. Team effort is the main reason that even in the craziness, things are still manageable, and as a new nurse that is priceless.”
Beezer M., BSN, RN
 “I like working on 8 North because the sense of teamwork, comradery, and support is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Also, I know I make a difference here.”
Jennifer D., BSN, RN