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Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care (Neuro ICU), 6th Floor Critical Care Tower

AshbyHello and welcome to my unit!

I’m Misty Ashby, MSN, RN, SCRN, manager of the Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit, also known as the Neuro ICU.  We are located on the 6th floor of the Critical Care Tower at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, supportive, and at times, unpredictable.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 and older who are being treated for a variety of neurological disorders, including acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subdural and epidural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, seizures, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myasthenia gravis exacerbation, meningitis and encephalitis, spinal cord injury, cerebrovascular intervention, and brain and spinal tumor resection.  Our patients are unique because of their specialized neurological needs.

One of the perks of working on my unit is the opportunity to work with some of the best nurses at Vanderbilt, as well as state of the art equipment and technology.

Our nurses are successful because they have strong neurological assessment skills, critical thinking skills, and a sense of teamwork.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing a ten- to twelve-week unit-specific orientation with dedicated preceptors. 

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is to gain strong clinical experience caring for critically-ill patients, the Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit can help with this by exposing you to patients with complex clinical conditions.

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

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beds ICU = 23
Stepdown =12
Stroke Observation Room = 1
ratio ICU = 1:2
Stepdown = 1:3
certifications - ACLS
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“Starting in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit as a nurse resident I have been surrounded by quality education and positive support. As a new graduate, the Neuro ICU has helped me grow tremendously with critical thinking as well as collaborating with other members of the healthcare team. The comradery that our unit has inside and outside of work has fostered a successful transition moving from another city.”
Sean C., BSN, RN, CCRN
“Having the chance to start my career working in the Neuro ICU has been the best opportunity. I am always learning, and my coworkers are the best teammates. They have helped shape me into the nurse I am today!”
Megan R., BSN, RN, CCRN