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Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), 9th Floor Critical Care Tower

JuneHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m June McGhee, BSN, RN, manager of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, also known as the SICU.  We are located on the 9th floor of the Critical Care Tower at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, serves a diverse patient population, and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in which the nurse is a key player.

We care for adult patients ranging in age 18 and older who are being treated for sepsis, recovering from liver transplant, large abdominal surgeries, vascular surgeries, and many more illnesses.  Our patients are unique because we are often treating complex multi-organ failure.  Our patients are unique because their diagnoses vary greatly and provide non-stop learning opportunities.   

One of the perks of working on our unit is the excellent culture of teamwork.  Staff is always collaborating to help out with busy admissions or patient assignments, and to find creative solutions to unit problems. We encourage staff to participate in Shared Governance to actively improve our unit culture and the quality of care we provide. There are many paths to growth in the SICU. 

Our nurses are successful because they are team-oriented, quick-thinking, and compassionate.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing an 8-10 week orientation with a primary preceptor. Orientees meet with the educator weekly to ensure their success.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is nursing leadership or advanced clinical practice, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit can help by giving you experience with the highest acuity of surgical patients and an incredible opportunity to provide excellent care for our patients.

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

beds = 23 ICU
= 12 Stepdown
ratio = 1:2 or 1:3
certifications - ACLS
perks Vanderbilt
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“Everyone works well together and people are constantly going out of their way to help out. Our nurses are smart, motivated, and fun which makes such an intense workload much lighter. I am proud of the advancement I have achieved in our unit. I started as a bedside nurse, became involved in multiple different committees, transitioned into the help-all role which involves assisting with procedures, traveling with patients, and being a member of the Rapid Response Team, and ultimately stepped into the role as charge nurse. The process of learning and growing over the past four years in these roles, advancing to RN3, and earning my CCRN certification are opportunities that I am both proud of and grateful for.”
Tanna W., RN3/RSL

“Working to become the best nurse you can be is not only expected here, but it's contagious and addicting. Working in such a fast-paced environment where you need to stay on your toes during every minute of the hour, I have learned to effectively facilitate emergencies. We are taught and trained to dream big, stay safe and spread a combo of quality care and good vibes.”
Bethany T., RN

“Our SICU providers are always on the unit, night or day. They are approachable and willing to teach. The relationships and rapport we build with our providers allow us to feel empowered to speak up and advocate for our patients.”
Grace W., RN/CSL