Cardiac Stepdown


Im Michael Jorden, MSN, RN. I am the manager of the Cardiac Stepdown Unit located on 7 North of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

To work in the Cardiac Stepdown unit, our nurses need to have strong assessment and critical thinking skills, be proficient at cardiac rhythm interpretation, understand the relationship of multiple co-morbidities, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Our competent staff enjoys teaching and are eager to help you develop these skills if needed.

Michael Jorden, MSN, RN
Cardiac Stepdown
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Adults (18 and older) 33
  • BLS Certification
  • ACLS Certification
  • Basic Arrhythmia

About Us:

Our unit specializes in caring for a patient population that includes heart failure, chest pain, arrhythmia, transplant, or other cardiovascular dysfunction. We are also the preeminent location for patients with ventricular assist devices who require non-ICU care.

We prove our dedication to our patients by providing quality care with attention to clinical expertise, evidence-based practice, and a focus on patient safety and positive outcomes. Patient and Family Centered Care is the professional practice model used in the delivery of nursing care on 7 North. We utilize an interdisciplinary team approach along the continuum of care to provide balance for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of every patient and their families.

A typical shift for our nurses includes working in a fast-paced environment while consulting with cardiologists, rounding on heart failure cases, caring for pre- and post-procedure patients, sending patients to cardiac rehab, and providing patient education that optimizes the health and wellbeing of our patients.

We pride ourselves on the journey we have taken to become the safest heart hospital in the nation.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Best Preceptor Award
  • Friendliest Unit Award

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 Cardiac Stepdown Unit:
                 cardiology, transplant, heart failure
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