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Surgical Specialties, 9 South VUH

Aaron HirschHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Aaron Hirsch, MSN, RN, manager of the Surgical Specialties unit, also known as 9 South.  We are located on the 9th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, values team work, and serves a diverse patient population that contributes to learning and helps to build a solid foundation in nursing skills.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 to 100 who are being treated for many different disease processes that require surgical intervention.  Our patients are unique because there is such a variety of surgical teams and interventions represented with a length of stay usually from 24 hours to 3-4 days.

One of the perks of our unit is working with a team of experienced nurses who work together as a family unit to support our patients and each other.

Our nurses are successful because they have the motivation and commitment to provide safe patient care, an understanding  that our patients are people too who need our help.  They have good relationships with our patients, their families, and the providers who direct their care.

We orient new nurses to our unit by giving them the time and attention needed to foster growth and confidence by partnering them with preceptors who are committed to their success.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal includes becoming a knowledgeable and well-prepared nurse, Surgical Specialties can help with this by giving you the knowledge and support to reach that goal.

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

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“The support, friendliness, and encouragement of my peers make working the floor — even for 12 hours — an extraordinary experience. I seriously love what I do because of who I am surrounded by. Recently, I took a seat as co-chair of our Unit Board. I have enjoyed learning how to prepare and hold meetings so that my peers can have a voice in their workplace. This role in shared governance has really opened my eyes to the importance of empowering the staff to have a say in their workplace, prompting positive changes for the floor as a whole.”
Casey S., RN2, VPNPP

“Nurses on our unit take care of each other by working as a team and maintain a positive work environment.”
Leah H, BSN, RN

“What I love most about working on this unit is the idea that we are a family and everyone is there to support you. Being a new nurse to the unit, they took me right in as their own and have taught me so much that I will forever be grateful for. It goes beyond our 7-7 shifts, we have truly become a family and go to dinner together, text and call each other if we had a bad day, and are also there for each other's achievements. They are always there to boost your morale and wake you up in the morning and keep you going all day long.”
Eric H., RN
Nurse Resident

"The best reason to stay on the unit is due to great co-workers." Michael L., RN

"We’re a close group.  We take good care of each other and we take excellent care of our patients. We are proud of the care we provide. It’s always a team effort: the nurses and care partners work very closely together. It’s a fast-paced environment and every day brings new challenges."
Laura C., BSN, RN
"The best thing about 9 South is the people. We all like each other and work to take care of one another."
Ebby S., RN