Welcome to the Inpatient Cardiology Stepdown Unit at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute!
We primarily care for patients with congestive heart failure, chest pain, arrhythmia, left ventricular assist device (LVAD), heart transplants, overflow cardiac surgery patients, and other cardiovascular dysfunction. We also manage cardiac patients who require peritoneal dialysis. We have a very busy unit with patients being admitted and discharged or going to and from cardiac procedures throughout the day, so we look for nurses who thrive in a fast-paced environment. Despite the business, the work is rewarding. Good critical thinking skills are a must. Teamwork is extremely important in our unit. We expect our staff to ask for help when needed, and to lend a helping hand when available. We have a very active Unit Board with staff-driven subcommittees, such as the morale, wellness, quality, and education committees. The wellness committee, for example, plans hikes and meetups at a dog park, and the morale committee organizes a holiday gift exchange and other holiday celebrations. We also participate in a number of research projects — many of them studying the effectiveness of medications we give our patients. My management style is collaborative. I consider myself more a facilitator than a boss. I allow staff to make as many decisions as possible and try to provide the support they need to then implement those decisions. If you have an interest in cardiovascular care, apply now and join us!
Michael Jorden, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Manager, Cardiology Stepdown
Seventh floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
|Nurse to Patient Ratio
Number of Beds
Adult patients with heart failure, chest pain, arrhythmia, LVAD's,
heart transplant, cardiac surgery, or other cardiac dysfuntion.
• Registered Nurses
• Care Partners
• RN Licensure
• ACLS certification within the first six months of being on the unit
• Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation course (provided after hire)
• 12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
• Modified self-scheduling
• Best Preceptor Award
• Friendliest Unit Award
|Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program|
Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt