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Trauma Intensive Care (TICU), 10 North VUH

Jennifer GrahamHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Jennifer Graham, MSN, RN, manager of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, also known as TICU or 10N.  We are located on the 10th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, dynamic, and unpredictable at times.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 16 to 105 who are being treated for traumatic injuries from motor vehicle crashes, violent crimes, falls, and a plethora of other accidents.  Our patients are unique because no one ever plans to be on our unit.  No one wakes up saying “I think I will go to the trauma unit today.” Our patients and families are typically highly stressed and highly emotional, and more often than not, in a state-of-shock.

One of the perks of working on our unit is the amazing teamwork we have as a unit.  Another perk is the experience and exposure to diverse patients and situations.
Our nurses are successful because they are assertive, passionate, and excellent critical thinkers.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing an extensive 10 week orientation to the step-down and ICU sides of the unit. 

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

We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to gain valuable experience in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, the Trauma Intensive Care Unit can help with this by providing experience with critical Level I patients from all over the state and surrounding areas.

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

beds = 31
ratio = 1:2 or 1:3
certifications - ACLS
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“The thing I love the most about working on this unit is having the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. Often our patients are experiencing the worse day of their life. We are able to be there to help them through this difficult and scary time. Sometimes we get to see some amazing outcomes where interventions are effective and lives are saved. Other times when a life is ending, we are with them every step of the way.”
Carleen Y., RN2-CC

“I started my career on this unit 18 years ago. I have learned a lot about myself as a nurse, leader and person. I have learned to be a very strong and independent nurse. I am most proud of the nurse I have become because of my time here on this unit, and I am proud of those I have taught and how well they have done.”
Shannon G., RN2-CC, VPNPP