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Transplant & Surgical Care

The Transplant and Surgical Care unit is currently located on the 7th floor of the Critical Care Tower.  In Spring 2020, this unit will be relocated to 6th floor Medical Center East (6MCE).

Kim CarterHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Kim Carter, MSN, RN, CEN, manager of the Transplant & Surgical Care Unit.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, values teamwork, and contributes to learning while building a strong foundation in nursing skills.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 and older who are being treated for end-stage liver disease, end-stage kidney disease, surgical weight loss, peritoneal dialysis, transplant patients (pre-transplant, transplant, post-transplant) of the kidney, liver or pancreas.  Our patients are unique because of their diverse specialized diagnoses and needs.

One of the perks of working on our unit is the opportunity to work with a team of nurses who pride themselves in teamwork and consider our unit a family.

Our nurses are successful because they have a good relationship with our patients, their families and the providers who direct their care. They have the motivation, drive and commitment to provide safe patient care all while being a part of a specialty such as transplant. 

We orient new nurses to our unit by pairing them with a preceptor who is committed to their success by providing an individualized 9 week orientation followed by a mentoring week.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is to gain strong clinical experiences and become a well-prepared nurse, the Transplant & Surgical Care Unit can help with this by providing the knowledge and skills to support and reach that goal.

If you have any questions about our unit, please email me at kimberly.carter@vumc.org or visit Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt to explore open nursing positions.


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“7T3 provides a warm and caring environment for both its staff and its patients. It is fulfilling to be able to care for transplant patients and to be able to aid them in the healing process throughout pre- and post- organ transplantation. I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding job.” “Patients and families are able to receive the best care because of the smooth and effective collaboration between our nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team.”
Tina N., BSN, RN

"I think helping guide a patient and their family through the journey of receiving a lifesaving organ transplant is so rewarding. I really enjoy working with the entire transplant team while caring for this special population of patients."
Chelsea H., BSN, RN