Obstetrics

Welcome to the Obstetrics Unit!

Our unit cares for pregnant women before and after delivery. We care for women who are not in labor, but have encountered complications with their pregnancies and need to be hospitalized for management of their care as well as women who have had low-risk or complicated deliveries or have lost a baby.. We also use fetal monitoring machines and state-of-the-art infant security devices. Just a few of the ways we care for our patients include pre-operative and post-operative care, postpartum pain management, lactation support, fetal monitoring and grief support. A big part of what we do is education — teaching new moms how to take care of themselves and their newborns after they leave the hospital — so patience and strong communication skills are a must. We look for nurses who are well-organized, have good time-management skills and are accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment. As a manager, I’m supportive and approachable and embrace the philosophy that if you take care of your staff, they will take care of your patients. We believe in praising good work. We have an employee of the month program as well as a weekly KUDOS Announcement recognizing nurses’ hard work and accomplishments. I also encourage nurses to pursue areas of interest and participate in research. One of our shift leaders devised an acuity tool to blend assignments and better match staffing requirements to acuity. She received national attention and awards for the project, and the tool is used in the hospital today. Our unit board co-chairs are active in keeping us involved and engaged. We celebrate often — from potlucks to after work gatherings — and we support each other both during work and life situations, promoting long lasting friendships. If you want to care for women and help through the life-changing process of childbirth, apply now and join us! 

Eva Montgomery-Lewis
Manager, 4 East Obstetrics

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Location Location
Fourth floor of Medical Center East at Vanderbilt University Hospital
Nurse to Patient Ration Nurse to Patient Ratio
1:5
Beds
Number of Beds
32
Focus of Care Patient Profile
Adult antepartum and postpartum patients.
Unit Team Staff Mix
•    Registered Nurses
•    Care Partners
•    Providers
Certifications Required Certifications
•    RN Licensure
•    BCLS/AED
•    ACLS or EOR
•    NRP
•    AWHONN fetal monitoring
Shift Rotations Rotation/Shifts
•    12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
•    Modified self-scheduling 
•    New hires typically begin on night shift
awards Award
•    Best Preceptor Award
Nurse Residency Program Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program
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