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Psychiatric Assessment Service (PAS), Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Hello and welcome to our unit, the Psychiatric Assessment Service unit, also known as PAS.  We are located on the 1st floor of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital.

Since we are a dedicated psychiatric emergency room, the environment on our unit is fast-paced and never the same on any given day.

We care for adult patients ranging in age from 18 and over who are being treated for any behavioral health crisis need.  Our unit is unique because we are also responsible for all ages and patients admitted to Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) from a multitude of referral sources.

One of the perks of working on my unit is the collaboration between our multi-disciplinary teams.

Our nurses are successful because they have tenacity, strong communication skills, serious empathy skills, and the ability to adapt to the unknown.

We orient new nurses to our unit by setting up shadowing with all of the different roles within PAS, allowing for each person to know what the other is doing for our patients. 

Our unit is part of the Behavioral Health track of the Nurse Residency Program.

We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to pave the way for this new behavioral health line of service, fight and beat the stigma of mental health issues for our patients, and make a difference within the community, Psychiatric Assessment Service unit can help with this.

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

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certifications - ACLS
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"It is an honor to work in a place where we can utilize a multidisciplinary approach to help individuals immediately with emergent psychiatric needs. PAS strives to be a holistic, patient-centered, evidence-based, safe, and trauma-informed space. The model of PAS is a fantastic resource that I hope will continue to become more available throughout the United States over the next few years as we all work to break down the stigma surrounding mental health care. As mental health professionals in PAS, we are passionate about providing the best care that we can to every single individual that steps through our doors. I feel truly grateful to be a part of this team."
Kelsey K., BSN, RN
"Our work in PAS is at the forefront of psychiatric emergency care. We are one of the few stand-alone psychiatric units to accept psychiatric emergency walk-ins in the country. On a daily basis we support our patients on the worst days of their lives, and as triage nurses, we are the first people to hear people’s’ stories of trauma, despair and narratives of their experiences with mental illness. Every day is different as every person’s mental health needs are unique. Working in PAS has shaped my nursing practice and given me strengths in compassion, prioritization, and autonomy. It has been an honor to be trained and influenced by the strong patient-oriented interdisciplinary PAS team."
Emma d.C., BSN, RN
DNP candidate at UMass Amherst