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Vascular, 7 North VUH

Sarah DawsonHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Sarah Dawson, BSN, RN, manager of the 7 North Vascular unit, also known as 7N.  We are located on the 7th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.  #wekeeptheflowfromheadtotoe

The environment on our unit includes a diverse patient population that is fast-paced and supported with phenomenal teamwork.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 and above who are being treated for vascular disorders such as aneurysms and amputations, as well as patients with congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, and pre-op cardiothoracic surgeries.  Our patients are unique because they have conditions originating from the lower part of the aortic arch all the way to the periphery of the vascular system.

One of the perks of working on my unit is having self-scheduling capabilities.

Our nurses are successful because they have the intellect and patience to guide new employees to succeed in their orientation and be full-fledged Vanderbilt nurses.

We orient new nurses by giving them 7-9 weeks of unit-based orientation with weekly check-ins with their corresponding Clinical Staff Leaders to ensure their success during their formative weeks. We provide them with the resources that they need to be successful such as classes, clinical training, shadowing, and simulations. 

Our unit is in the Adult Cardiac Stepdown track of the Nurse Residency Program.

We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to experience and be successful in the vascular nursing field, then the 7 North Vascular Short Stay unit can help with this by providing you with the opportunity and resources to take care of this specific patient population.

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

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“7 South is ALL heart! Not only do we care for cardiovascular patients, but our nurses do their very best to provide patient-centered, compassionate care. I started on this unit as a new nurse resident and now assume various roles that emphasize my individual strengths. I am grateful to work alongside such dedicated nurses, who make teamwork and best practice a priority.
Kristen K., BSN, RN