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Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), 5 North VUH

Kim MooreHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Kim Moore, MS, RN, CCRN, manager of the Cardiovascular ICU unit, also known as CVICU.  We are located on the 5th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, challenging, and team-oriented.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 to 118 who are being treated for cardiovascular conditions.  Our patients are unique because there are so many advanced therapies and devices which could potentially be utilized in their care and our nurses become experts in using them all.

One of the perks of working on our unit is the incredible teamwork needed every day.  We work hard but when a patient goes home due to the extraordinary care we provided, it’s extremely rewarding.

Our nurses are successful because they have a desire to learn, strong critical thinking skills, and persistence.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing a 9-10 week orientation with a dedicated preceptor team complemented by a proven program of critical care courses. 

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

We encourage professional growth
If your career goal is to be an expert clinician practicing at the top of your scope, CVICU can help with this by providing a wealth of experience using the most cutting edge medicine available in cardiovascular care today.

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

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“I love that the CVICU is challenging and forces me to use my critical thinking and time-management skills every single day. No two days of work are the same, and each day brings a different adventure. Some days are full of excitement and adrenaline rushes, while others are slower, allowing for quality time to really get to know the patients and form relationships with their families. I am extremely grateful that I am part of an incredibly supportive team. Everyone is very willing to help each other out when the unit gets busy, including the physicians. A great team makes for a wonderful working environment and a much more enjoyable shift!”
Malayna T., BSN, RN, CCRN, ECMO Specialist
Cardiovascular ICU
"Working in the CVICU at Vanderbilt has allowed for much growth and opportunity in my nursing career. Every day offers a new learning experience while collaborating among a wonderful multi- disciplinary team. The positive culture and everyone's willingness to help one another keeps the unit going strong and truly makes for an enjoyable working environment."
Ashley E. T., BSN, RN, CCRN, Adult ECMO Specialist
"Being a nurse in the CVICU at VUMC is an honor and privilege.  After working here for over three years, I still learn something new every single day!"
Audrey A., BSN, RN 3, CCRN, ECMO Specialist