Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

I’m Julie Foss, MSN, RN, NE-BC.  I am the manager of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) located on the 8th floor of the Critical Care Tower at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

To work in the MICU, our nurses need to have strong communication skills to collaborate with other members of the health care team, exhibit a strong commitment to excellent patient care, have the ability to take ownership in shared decision making, and develop a very broad set of skills to care for a wide range of patient diagnoses.

Julie Foss, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care  Patient Demographic  Number of Beds                  Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
 General Medicine Adults
(19 and older)
  • BLS certification
  • ACLS certification
  • CCRN certification 
  • FCCS (Fundamentals of Critical Care Systems) certification offered

About Us:

Our unit specializes in adult general intensive care for patients with a wide variety of diseases and conditions that include (but not limited to) pulmonary diseases, drug overdose, GI bleeds, acute respiratory failure, and sepsis.  What attracts nurses to our unit is that each shift is a new adventure that brings new challenges.

Our patient focus is on patient safety, including families in the care of patients, stabilizing acute processes, and caring for the critically ill.

A typical shift for our nurses includes providing daily care to an average of two patients, working with the team to develop a plan of care for the patient, and conversing with the patient’s family to include them in their family member’s care.  Being involved in shared governance and decision making for the unit is also a typical part of the nurse’s shift.

We pride ourselves on our team collaboration through the shared governance structure of our unit and that our nurses are active participants in clinical-based research.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Nurse Residency Program Best Team Award - 
    Adult Critical Care Track:
    - Summer 2009
    - Summer 2010
    - Summer 2011
    - Summer 2012
    - Winter 2012 
    - Summer 2013
    - Winter 2013      
  • PRC Top Performer Award in 2011
  • MICU Condolence Team - Nurses' Week Team Award, 2012

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Recruitment Information:


Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to this unit, please visit Work at Vanderbilt: Achieve the Remarkable for current open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the MICU:
                 MICU, 8th floor CCT, Medical Intensive Care              
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Critical Care Track in the Nurse Residency Program.
If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.


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