Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit

Welcome to the Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit!

We collaborate closely with our Cardiovascular ICU to treat acute cardiac conditions, including cardiac surgery, vascular surgery and arrhythmias. We also treat patients recovering from coronary bypass surgery and patients with stents, pacemakers and ablations and valve replacement. Our nurses utilize the same equipment — such as chest tubes, wound vacuums, cardiac drips and pacemakers — as in many intensive care units.  Cardiac patients typically have multiple diagnoses, so there are opportunities to learn about body systems other than the heart, and for this reason, many nurses find this unit a good place to launch their careers.  Our nurses quickly develop strong communication, critical-thinking and time-management skills.  It’s important to me that our nurses grow in their knowledge of cardiovascular care. Nurses have the opportunity to discuss patient conditions with the physicians and nurse practitioners, and they are able to round with the teams as they come to see the patients.  I also encourage all my nurses to take a PCCN/CCRN (progressive care certified nurse or critical care certified nurse) course. If you have a passion for cardiology or want to learn more about this area, apply now and join us! 


Location Location
Fifth floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital
Nurse to Patient Ration Nurse to Patient Ratio
1:3 or 1:4
Number of Beds
Focus of Care Patient Profile
Adult patients requiring open heart surgery, cardiac drips, ventilator support,
valve replacements, or many other cardiovascular dysfunctions and conditions.
Unit Team Staff Mix
•    Registered Nurses
•    Care Partners
•    Patient Flow Nurses
•    Medical Receptionists
•    Pharmacists
•    Nurse Practitioners
Certifications Required Certifications
•    RN Licensure
•    BLS
•    Basic Arrhythmia
•    ACLS Certification
•    PCCN Certification encouraged
Shift Rotations Rotation/Shifts
•    12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
•    Self-scheduling 
•    Flexible holiday scheduling
awards Awards
•    PRC 5-Star Award
•    VUMC Nurse Residency Teamwork Awards
•    Multiple Nurse Residency Preceptor Awards
Nurse Residency Program Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program
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“I began my nursing career as a resident in the Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit. Not only did I learn how to be a good nurse, I learned how to be a great Vanderbilt nurse. I learned things that textbooks can't teach, such as the importance of teamwork, how to care for patients even when the job is emotionally challenging, how to be a critical thinker and how humbling it is to guide patients and families through their most difficult days.”

Theresa C., RN
Nurse Resident
Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit