Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit

I’m Misty Ashby, BSN, RN. I am the manager of the Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU (Neuro) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Neuro ICU is an exciting, fast paced 35 bed unit located on the 6th floor of the critical care tower .
To work in the Neuro ICU, nurses need strong assessment skills, the ability to critically think and a willingness to adapt to change. Excellent communication skills are also important. You will have support and guidance from fellow team members and a leadership team who will show you respect, compassion and commitment.
You will work with an innovative team, who pride themselves on their exceptional teamwork. We are dedicated to our patients, and take great pride in the quality of specialized care we provide. The leadership team is also dedicated to providing staff the opportunity for professional and personal growth in a fast paced work environment.

Misty Ashby, BSN, RN, SCRN
Manager Neuro ICU
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Intensive Care
Adults (19 and older) 23 ICU
12 Step-down
  • BLS certified
  • ACLS certified
  • Critical Care certification encouraged
  • Neuro certification encouraged

About Us:

The Neuro ICU is one of the largest in the country with 23 ICU beds and 12 step-down beds. Our large referral base ensures we are consistently treating a full range of neurology and neurosurgical patients. Patients travel from all over the southeastern region of the US to receive the specialized neuro care that we provide. Our neuro trained Critical Care Anesthesiology team is on site 24/7 providing quick access to expert care. Using a multidisciplinary approach helps promote team learning, group dynamics and excellent patient care. Our patient focus is on monitoring the neurological status of our patients, detecting cues of neurological decline, early intervention, quick return to optimal health, and the maintenance of ideal neurological status.
Our Neuro ICU specializes in providing critical care to patients with brain tumors, strokes, and any disease of the brain and spinal cord. Our team prides themselves on teamwork, and assessment skills. The neuro patient population often has extreme deficits which require the bedside staff to have excellent neuro assessment skills. These skills are developed through both time and patience.  As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, we provide top level care and unique services to give our patients the best chance at recovery. Our excellence in patient care was recognized at a unit level in 2014 when were awarded the AACN Beacon Award and in 2014 and 2015  the Professional Research Consultants, Inc (PRC)  Excellence in Healthcare award for Overall Quality of Care.

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Recruitment Information:


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                 neuro ICU, Neurosurgery, neurology, 6T3
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