Welcome to the Orthopaedic Unit!

Our unit is located in two different buildings. We treat patients who have had elective orthopaedic surgery at the location in Medical Center North. Most of our patients have had hip or knee surgery, although we also see patients undergoing foot, ankle, hand and shoulder surgeries. Our location on the 10th floor of the Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital treats patients with orthopaedic trauma, for example people who have had a car accident or a bad fall. We even see patients with gunshot wounds if those wounds require orthopaedic care. We’re considered one unit, so our nurses treat patients in both locations. The ortho trauma floor is fast-paced, and nurses must be able to adapt to changing situations as well as complex family situations. Many times, these patients are experiencing the worse day of their lives. They may have been on their way to work and had a car accident. We must be able to step back from the situation and articulate the care plan, listen to patients’ questions and be willing to seek out answers. You can’t take things personally, and you need plenty of compassion and empathy. Time management is another great skill to have, but it’s also a skill we help new nurses build. There’s never a dull moment, but we all work together to get our patients up and moving and ready for the next level of care — whether that be at home or a rehabilitation facility. Our veteran nurses are very supportive of the new nurse residents. They’ll take them out to dinner or out on the town. Some have even become roommates. We also created a position on our unit board for a nurse resident. I’m very open to listening to what the staff needs. For example, the staff decided not to divide the unit into two separate units based on location because the nurses wanted to be able to work in both areas. If you want to learn more about orthopaedics in a supportive environment, apply now and join us!

Phebe Bloomingburg, MSN, RN
Manager, Orthopaedics


Location Location
•    Tenth floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
•    Sixth floor of the Round Wing in Medical Center North
Nurse to Patient Ration Nurse to Patient Ratio
Number of Beds
Focus of Care Patient Profile
Adult orthopaedic patients seeking treatment for ortho-spine, ortho-trauma,
ortho-oncology, foot, ankle, hand, and shoulder surgeries.
Unit Team Staff Mix
•    Registered Nurses
•    Care Partners
•    Social Workers
Certifications Required Certifications
•    RN Licensure
•    BLS Certification
•    BA Certification
Shift Rotations Rotation/Shifts
•    12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
•    Modified self-scheduling 
Nurse Residency Program Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program
Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt


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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
Orthopaedics 6RW/10S

“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., RN
Orthopaedics 6RW/10S