Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

I’m Doug Burns, RN, MHA.  I am the manager of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) located on the 9th floor of the Critical Care Tower at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

To work in the SICU, our nurses and allied health staff need to be flexible, diligent, and compassionate to care for our patient population.  We are a team of nursing professionals that constantly challenge ourselves to improve our practice.

Doug Burns, RN, MHA
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Surgical Intensive Care Adults (18 and older) 34
  • CCRN certification
  • FCCS certification
  • BLS certification
  • ACLS certification
  • TNCC certification

About Us:

Our unit specializes in caring for a critically ill patient population that may include liver, kidney, or pancreas transplants; as well as head, neck, thoracic, urologic, and GI surgical patients.  Our primary focus is to provide our diverse patient population with excellent care related to any elective, urgent, or emergent major surgical intervention, as well as procedures that negatively impact normal hemodynamic stability.  This is typically the immediate post-operative phase, but may also include the diagnostic, pre-operative, and extended post-operative phases of care.

Our nurses work closely with the SICU physicians and nurse practitioners to provide care for patients with multiple system organ dysfunctions, ventilators, vasoactive drips and other therapies to ensure optimal sedation, analgesia, cardiac, and hemodynamic function.  Our nursing team assists in coordinating the care between the multiple disciplines and physician teams to provide optimal outcomes for our critically ill patients.

We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care, with a focus on reducing the number of hospital-acquired infections from ventilators, central venous catheters, and bladder catheters.

We provide 24 hour family visitation and continuous family member support.  Families are included in the care of the patients at every opportunity.  Education for the patients and families is provided by the nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners and a variety of multidisciplinary allied team members.


Awards and Recognitions:

  •  AACN Beacon Award, Fall 2009


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Recruitment Information:

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                 SICU, surgery, intensive care
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