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Labor & Delivery and Maternal Special Care, 4th Floor VUH

Hello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Shannon White, MSN, RN, C-EFM, manager of the Labor & Delivery and Maternal Special Care unit, also known as L&D and MSC.  We are located on the 4th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is high-paced and dynamic, with a diverse patient population.

We care for adult and pediatric patients ranging in age from newborns to 50+ year old women who are being treated for obstetrical care before and after delivery.  Our patients are unique because we care for two patients in one.

One of the perks of working on my unit is that our team works very well together and is cohesive. Nobody hesitates to quickly jump in to help each other whenever needed.

Our nurses are successful because they have strong critical thinking skills, strive to give the highest quality of care possible, are compassionate, and adapt easily to a rapidly changing environment.

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

Our unit is in the Women’s Health track of the Nurse Residency Program.

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is to specialize in care of women during their childbearing cycle, Labor & Delivery and the Maternal Special Care unit can help with this by giving you the opportunity to learn the very specialized skill-set of being a high-risk labor and delivery nurse.

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


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“We are considered a critical care unit and will receive multiple transports from other hospitals because we take the sickest patients here. We have a lot of emergencies and require quick thinking, but you are never alone on this unit. You will always have the entire staff behind you to help manage our patients. Getting to bring another human into the world is truly the most amazing job one could have.”
Stayci M., RN

“It is incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding. I've never experienced both life and death in such tangible reality, sometimes within the same moment. You get to come alongside and champion women and families in intimate, critical, ‘once in a lifetime’ moments every day. Working on this unit has made me better, both personally and professionally, and challenged my perception of what a group of people passionately pursuing the same goal can do together.”
McKenzie G., RN