Hello 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.