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Palliative Care/Medicine, 5 Round Wing

Paul RaymondHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Paul Raymond, MSN, RN, manager of the Palliative Care/Medicine unit, also known as 5RW.  We are located on the 5th floor of The Round Wing at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is dynamic, at times a bit unpredictable, and always values team work through an interdisciplinary approach to patient care.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 or older who are being treated for an extremely broad variety of medical conditions.  Our patients are unique because our primary focus is treating patients suffering from any illness that is expected to be life-ending.  We focus on symptom management, life goals, and developing plans of care that value the patients and their families wishes and culture.

One of the perks of working on my unit is our deeply-rooted ethos of teamwork.

Our nurses are successful because they have passion, a can-do attitude, and are empathetic.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing a 6-week orientation with dedicated preceptors.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is to become an expert in medicine, palliative and end-of-life care, the Palliative Care/Medicine unit on 5RW can help with this by providing you a rich and rewarding experience.

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

“5RW has challenged and supported me through many situations and as a result I have not only grown as a nurse but as an individual.  5RW is a well-balanced unit, which is both intellectually and personally stimulating. 6 years later and I still love coming here to work!”
Dara D., BSN, RN
“The Palliative Care/Medicine unit has been an amazing place for me to grow and learn this last year. I love working on the PCU because it allows me to love on patients, enrich lives, ease suffering, and work with an amazing team.”
April H., BSN, RN
“As a new nurse graduate a year ago, The Palliative Care/Medicine Unit has been supportive, encouraging, and given me many opportunities to gain new skills. The work environment is an inclusive one that fosters patient advocacy and teamwork between all levels of the healthcare team, in turn prioritizing excellent patient care.“
Caitlin B., BSN, RN