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Adult Emergency Department (ED), 1st Floor VUH

Hello and welcome to my department!


I'm Ashley Jeffrey, MSN, RN, TCRN, manager of the Adult Emergency Department, also known as Adult ED.  We are located on the first floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment in our department is fast-paced, high-volume, and staff is like a family.

We care for all patients who present to our department to be treated for emergent medical conditions.  Our patients are unique because we never know who is going to come through our doors.

One of the perks of working in my department is the opportunity to treat patients with a wide array of illnesses and injuries.

Our nurses are successful because they have support, knowledge, and critical thinking skills.

We orient new staff by providing individualized orientation based upon the unique needs of the staff member.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
Whether your career goal is to be a top notch clinical nurse, a Flight Crew member, a Nurse Practitioner, or in a leadership role, the Adult ED can help with this by offering individualized mentoring and development.

If you have any questions about the Adult ED, please visit Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt to explore open nursing positions.


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beds = 45 to 92
ratio = 1:4
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“During the course of a 12-hour shift it's not only possible, but probable, that we will witness and be an active participant in the entire spectrum of life and death. We regularly resuscitate the dead and the dying, occasionally deliver a child, stand on a common ground with the marginalized, instill our love for life into the lives of the suicidal, reorient the chemically confused and provide hope and security when patients feel it is nowhere to be found. I have watched my colleagues do all these things with grace and unshakable integrity. My peers are an inspiration to me, and it is for them that I get up and go to work every morning. Each day I get to employ and refine the training and skills I have acquired, and, hopefully, be the ‘best part of someone's worst day.’”
Clifford O., BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, NREMT 

“The thing I love most about working on this unit is getting to work with my coworkers. Working with them, I’ve learned how to handle high levels of pressure that I didn’t think I could handle before. I’ve learned how to work in the middle of a Level 1 trauma and focus only on that patient — no matter how intense the situation.”
Frankie G., BSN, RN

“The Emergency Department is like no other place in the hospital.  Our staff and work environment provides for both challenging and engaging opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Many of our staff members hold multiple certifications — TNCC, CCRN, CEN, AEMT, NRP, ENPC, PHTLS, just to name a few. This is the place where the sickest of the sick come, and they entrust us with their lives or with the lives of their family, friends and coworkers. There is no greater privilege than that.”
Aurea C., BSN, RN-C, CEN