Transplant and Surgical Unit

Welcome to the Transplant and Surgical Unit!

Our unit primarily admits patients who have had pancreas, renal or liver transplants. We also treat post-operative patients with complications from transplants as well as patients with complications associated with end-stage renal disease and liver disease. One thing that makes our unit unique is that we also provide continuous outpatient care and recovery care of patients with renal transplants. We do get some overflow general medicine and surgery patients — for example, patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Our unit is a good learning opportunity for nurse residents and new nurses because of the variety of clinical skills we practice. A few examples include intravenous therapy via peripheral and central lines, peritoneal dialysis, airway maintenance and general tracheostomy care, wound care, blood and blood product administration, phlebotomy as well as enteral and parenteral nutritional support. Not only that, but our nurses spend a good amount of time educating both the patients and their families about post-operative care. Communication is a strong suit of ours, and we pride ourselves on that fact. Our nurses must also have a large amount of patience and compassion as they are often the emotional support for both patients and families. If you have great communication skills and a desire to become well-rounded in clinical skills, apply now and join us!

Kimberly Carter, MSN, RN, CEN 
Nursing Education Specialist and Interim Manager
7T3 Transplant and Surgical Unit


Location Location
Seventh floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital Critical Care Tower
Nurse to Patient Ration Nurse to Patient Ratio
1:4 or 1:5
1:2 within first 24 hours after kidney transplant
Beds Number of Beds
Inpatient = 34
Outpateient = 3
Focus of Care Patient Profile
Adult patients with end stage renal disease and end stage liver disease
or requiring nursing care for renal/pancreas/liver transplant.
Unit Team Staff Mix
•    Registered Nurses
•    Care Partners
•    Providers
•    Nurse Practitioners
•    Respiratory Therapists
•    Pharmacists
•    Case Managers

•    Social Workers
•    Registered Dieticians
•    Nutritional Support Team
•    Occupational/Physical Therapists
Certifications Required Certifications
•    BLS
Shift Rotations Rotation/Shifts
•    12 hour shifts, 36 hour week
•    Modified self-scheduling 
Nurse Residency Program Our unit is part of VUMC's Nurse Residency Program
www Visit 7T3 Surgery and Transplant / 10SD Dialysis for more information.
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“I have been a nurse at Vanderbilt for almost 16 years and have spent the last year in the transplant and surgery unit. I am extremely proud of and impressed with this group’s teamwork.  Each day brings new challenges and learning opportunities, which pushes my nursing skills and gives me great joy.”

Jenny L., RN
Transplant and Surgery