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Orthopaedic/Orthopaedic Trauma

Orthopaedics/Orthopaedic Trauma is located on 6 Round Wing in Medical Center North and 10 South in Vanderbilt University Hospital.  In Spring 2020, these units will relocate to the 7th floor of the Critical Care Tower (7T3).

Carolyn ReedHello and welcome to our unit!

I'm Carolyn Reed, MSN, RN, NE-BC interim manager of the 
Orthopaedic/Orthopaedic Trauma unit, also known as Ortho/Ortho Trauma.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, challenging, and a place to learn and grow.

We care for adult patients ranging from teenagers to geriatrics who are being treated for elective procedures such as total joint replacement, bone and soft tissue tumor resections, as well as Ortho trauma patients with various fractures and injuries from a traumatic event (car accident, ATV accident, falls, violent crimes, etc.).  Our patients are unique because they may have a very short length of stay. The majority of our patients are discharged to home and with the Ortho Trauma population it is often the first time they have ever been in the hospital.

One of the perks of working on my unit is it’s a great place to learn and grow in a supported environment.  There’s never a dull moment and we all work together to get our patients up and moving and ready for the next level of care

Our nurses are successful because they have acquired good assessment skills, developed time management skills, and believe in teamwork.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing them with 4 to 8 weeks of orientation, depending on the nurse’s experience (new to Vanderbilt or new to nursing) and with a designated preceptor. 

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

We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to have a strong fundamental foundation in nursing, Orthopaedic/Orthopaedic Trauma can help with this through mentoring and coaching to develop critical thinking and time management skills that will be useful throughout your nursing career.

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


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ratio  = 1:4 or 1:5
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“When I started working on this unit, I had no idea how many different diagnoses I would get to see. Those diagnoses may stem from a car wreck, helicopter crash, a cancer diagnosis or fall, or maybe a planned surgery. I am proud that our doctors are the best in the country, and patients come from all over the United States to have our doctors operate on them.”
Kaitlyn D., BSN, RN

“The thing that I love most about working in this unit is the opportunity it affords to grow and be the best in whatever we want to be, regardless of the level of experience or expertise.

If you are looking to work in a unit where you would feel that you are a special and important part of a team, where your voice is as important as anybody else and where your professional and personal dreams are nurtured, this is the place you should be.
Ronald O., MSN, RN