Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a place where nursing isn’t just a job, it’s a career. It’s a place where there is plenty of room to follow your passions. Our nursing colleagues are teachers, researchers, clinicians and much more. They are a community of colleagues who have each other’s backs. But, most of all, they are caring advocates for the needs of our patients and families.
At VUMC, our nurses don’t stand still. More than 4,800 nurses serve in inpatient and outpatient roles, for adults and children, in home and in behavioral health. That’s about two out of every 10 employees at our Medical Center. If you join us, you will be encouraged to advance your career through professional development opportunities offered continuously throughout the year.
VUMC is an exceptional place to be a nurse. It is the only medical system in Middle Tennessee to receive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide have this distinction. Magnet recognition measures organizations for excellence in five areas — transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and outcomes.
As a VUMC nurse, you have access to a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, an outstanding health plan, retirement and exclusive discounts. We also offer a tuition assistance that is unlike any other health system in our community.
We invite you to learn more about what it means to be a VUMC Nurse.
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At VUMC, every nurse has a voice. Our culture of Shared Governance supports the principles of decentralized decision making, shared accountability, and partnerships among all staff to deliver exceptional patient care, improve quality of care and enhance work life.
The Medical Center encourages participation in boards from the Unit, Clinic, and Department level to the Nursing Executive Board. All of this is supported by our Nursing Bylaws, which are democratically developed by nurses themselves at conventions every two years. VUMC was among the first medical centers in the country to introduce this concept, starting in 1980, and the tradition continues.
In addition, nurses are invited to join committees, boards and task forces dedicated to improving patient and family care and the experience for our caregivers.
Every VUMC employee has access to our award-winning Health and Wellness program. It includes Health Plus, which provides health promotion and prevention services that promote healthy lifestyles 24 hours a day, at home and at work. Part of that is free lifestyle coaching, cooking classes and physical activity programs, as well as discounted access to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. Health Plus encourages all employees to participate in our yearly Go for the Gold program, where employees can earn up to $240 per year in credits for health care spending by participating in a health assessment, completing wellness actions and completing a wellness video.
Work/life balance is incredibly important, which is why VUMC’s comprehensive benefits package offers paid time off (PTO) days available on the first day of work, which employees can use throughout the year. But sometimes life and work get out of balance, and help is available. Work/Life Connections and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) promotes problem solving and stress resilience through group education and brief individual counseling or coaching. It has services devoted to the special issues encountered by faculty, physicians, and nurses in addition to those provided other staff. A Hardship Fund is available to help employees with financial assistance through a fund for small unexpected needs. Critical Stress Management Debriefing for groups following major events is available.
For more information, visit Nurse Wellness: Around the Clock
Starting in 2018, VUMC is partnering with The DAISY Foundation to present The DAISY Award, which recognizes nurses for their compassionate care to our patients and families. Anyone can nominate a nurse for this prestigious award.
For more information, visit VUMCDAISY.com
Educational events are offered throughout the year, most offering contact hour opportunities. Leadership programs are offered through Vanderbilt Nursing and VUMC Human Resources. Nursing certification is strongly encouraged. VUMC also offers special vouchers to pay for the cost of certification and offers free certification review courses. In addition, nurses have access privileges at Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University.
All direct care nurses participate in the Vanderbilt Professional Practice Program (VNPP), a structured ladder to advance their careers. This comprehensive performance evaluation system utilizes self-, peer-, and manager- evaluation to recognize and reward clinical nursing expertise in direct patient care. Nurses participate in VNPP in one of four levels – novice, competent, proficient and expert. VPNPP exists to promote, support, recognize and reward you as you grow within the role of the professional nurse as defined by internal and external practice standards, the context of the organization culture, and external environmental influences.
Each nurse is a role model of quality professional practice. We are accountable for our practice, and we strive to exceed professional standards and ethical codes. We welcome the challenge of providing high-quality nursing care as members of a leading health care community. To achieve this, we are committed to lifelong learning.
We provide excellence in healthcare, research and education. We treat others as we wish to be treated. We continuously evaluate and improve our performance.
Each employee commits to Credo behaviors:
At VUMC, patients are part of advisory councils at our adult, children’s and psychiatric hospitals. We are committed to promoting a positive relationship between care providers and patients. We promise to listen to our patients’ recommendations to promote quality healthcare.
The Nursing Research Department provides many services to the nursing community:
The Nursing Preceptor Program at VUMC, Preceptor Treasures, is geared toward supporting the transition of new staff into the Vanderbilt workplace. Nursing preceptors are provided with training content framed on Benner's Theory of Stages of Development and principles of adult learning. Strategies to promote critical thinking, to manage conflict, and for giving and receiving feedback are carefully addressed. Preceptor workshops are offered several times a year and are open to staff who are new to the preceptor role or who are veterans looking for renewal.