Adult Emergency Department

Emily McBride

Welcome to Vanderbilt!

Im Emily McBride, MSN, RN, the manager of the Adult Emergency Department (ED), located in Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Vanderbilt serves as a Level One trauma center, Stroke Center, and Chest Pain Center, and the majority of these patients begin their care in the ED. The Emergency Department welcomes patients from all regions with a wide variety of illnesses. Our nurses must have a broad knowledge base on various disease processes, treatments and procedures in order to provide excellent care to our patients.

Emily McBride, MSN, RN
Adult Emergency Department
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Emergency Medicine Adults (18 and older) 45
  • BLS certification
  • ACLS certification
  • PALS certification
  • TNCC certification
  • CEN certification

About Us:

The Adult Emergency Room is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Middle Tennessee with 88 treatment areas including four trauma bays. We are one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country and see 69,000 patients annually. We have the ability to quickly diagnose through our use of two CT scanners and an x-ray machine for the Adult ER. We are a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, and the Designated Level 1 Burn Center for the region.

A typical shift for our nurses includes participating in a team shift report prior to receiving their primary assignment. We work within a pod environment with each nurse typically having a 4:1 patient/nurse ratio. Our department utilizes a team approach to perform primary nursing with the assistance of Paramedics, AEMTs and Care Partners. Our nurses encounter a diverse patient population every day, with assignments ranging from the acute and critically-ill to non-acute and fast track patients. Other assignments include trauma and triage. Our nurses have told us one of their favorite things about working in Vanderbilts Adult ER is the opportunity to provide input on the care plan for their patients. They have said they feel valued for their expertise and operate at a respected level in care planning. They have the opportunity to work with some of the finest Emergency Medicine practitioners and educators in the world at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

We pride ourselves on our team-based approach to providing quality, safe, comprehensive, and excellent care.

Position Qualifications

  • External candidates with one year of individual or combined nursing experience in an emergency room (ER) or intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Internal candidates with one year of experience in any specialty will be considered


  • BLS, ACLS, and PALS strongly preferred
  • TNCC, ATCN CEN, CCRN, EMT and EMT-P are all highly desirable

Position Shift:

  • Typically 36-hours per week, 12 hour shifts
  • All new nurses start on night shift and move to other shifts based on seniority
  • We offer self-scheduling through our software, VandyWorks
  • Nurses schedule themselves to work two weekend shifts (Saturday and Sunday nights) every third weekend. Holidays rotate in much the same way with three summer holidays and three winter holidays rotated.

Awards and Recognitions:

Visit our Adult Emergency Department website

Recruitment Information:

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Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the Adult
Emergency Department:
emergency medicine, adult emergency

Currently accepting applications for:
Nurse, Adult Emergencey Room, Night Shift
Requisition #1610764

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