Welcome to the Emergency Department!
Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital boasts a Level 1 Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Designated Level 1 Burn Center and Chest Pain Center, and the majority of these patients begin their care in our unit. In the Emergency Department, we see a variety of medical, surgical, neurological, psychological, traumatic and cardiac-related emergencies. Nurses in our unit must be kind, professional and have the ability to adapt to sudden acuity changes. Being an Emergency Department nurse means you think critically, communicate efficiently and effectively and bring calmness to stressful situations. We have one of the largest departments with more than 250 staff members, and there is definitely strength in numbers. Our nurses and care partners and providers work very closely together to provide team-based, patient-centered care. In fact, we are so proactive in our team approach that nurses don’t have to ask for help because someone has already volunteered to pitch in. Our management team is very engaged. We support our nurses in several ways — celebrating personal wins, supporting career advancement and helping our team members to grow personally and professionally. As the manager of such a large unit, I make it a priority to be available to staff and make sure my nurses have multiple avenues to reach me. I also support our team by making sure our unit is well represented at organization-wide meetings and that their voices are heard. We have a very active unit board, and our nurses have led the charge in instituting dress code reform, holiday scheduling, designated drink stations and on-call tracking. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and want to hone your nursing skills, apply now and join us!
Emily McBride, MSN, RN
Manager, Adult Emergency Department
First floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
|Nurse to Patient Ratio
Number of Beds
45; can expand to 92
Adult patients with varying conditions and acuities.
• Registered Nurses
• Care Partners
• Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians
• RN Licensure
• 12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
• New nurses begin on night shift
• Modified self-scheduling
• Some mid-shifts available
Recognized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and
|Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program|
|Visit Adult Emergency Department for more information.|
Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt