Surgical Stepdown, 9 North


I'm Aaron Hirsch, MSN, RN. I am the manager of the Surgical Stepdown and Urologic Surgery units located on 9 North and 9 South of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

To work in the Surgical Stepdown unit, our nurses need to be prepared to care for post-operative patients typically requiring a high-level of monitoring, including airway management, vascular checks, cardiac monitoring, and trauma care (c-collar and braces).

Aaron Hirsch, MSN, RN
9 North Surgical Stepdown
9 South Urologic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Post-operative patients in Thoracic, Emergency General Surgery and Trauma Surgery/Oncology services. Adults 27
  • BLS certification
  • PCCN Progressive Care Certification

About Us:

The Surgical Stepdown unit (9 North) is a 27 bed progressive care inpatient adult unit. Our unit is a critical care unit that specializes in the care of the post-operative surgical patient including thoracic surgery, oncology-endocrine surgery, emergency general surgery, and head & neck surgery, among others. The patients admitted to the surgical step-down unit generally require cardiac monitoring, continuous pulse-oximetry, and more frequent assessments and interventions than can be provided in the general acute care setting.

Our focus is to provide high quality intensive patient care to a diverse patient population with a wide variety of surgeries and diagnosis. Our nurses must be familiar with a range of treatments and types of care while also thinking critically to meet the needs of a more acute patient population.

A typical shift includes frequent assessments and interventions for patients requiring cardiac and respiratory monitoring while also mobilizing patients to facilitate progress along their plan of care.

Our unit provides our staff with the opportunity for professional and personal growth in a fast paced work environment. It is a great place to learn and grow clinically and prepares our nurses to face challenging situations and environments as they progress through their careers.

Recruitment Information:


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