Vanderbilt University Medical Center RN - Registered Nurse Inpatient Orthopaedics Night Shift in Nashville, Tennessee

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Unit Summary

Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Inpatient Adult Orthopaedic Unit. The inpatient unit is physically located in Vanderbilt University Hospital 10 th floor (10 South) and Medical Center North, 6 th Floor of the Round Wing. We provide care for Adult patients who have elected to have Orthopaedic surgery (e.g. Total Joint Replacement) and non-elective Orthopaedic Trauma patients. Orthopaedic services lines include: Foot and Ankle, Hand and Upper Extremity, Hip Preservation, Joint Replacement, Orthopaedic Oncology, Orthopaedic Trauma, and Orthopaedic Spine.

We strive to deliver Patient and Family centered care by the collaborative, team-focused efforts of an interdisciplinary healthcare provider team. The Leadership Team is comprised of a Medical Director, Associate Nursing Officer, Unit Manager, Clinical Staff Leaders and Nurse Educator. The unit also has a dedicated Staff; members include Registered Nurses, Patient Flow Nurse, Care Partners, and Medical Receptionist. Various support resources are also available, such as, case management, social work, and therapy service (e.g. PT and OT).

We are committed to providing excellent service to our patients and a supportive and caring work environment for our staff. Our patient focus is to provide excellent care to all our patients, meeting their needs and requests to the best of our abilities.

A typical shift for our nurses includes working with an interdisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment with between 6 to 12 surgical admissions and discharges each day. Working in Orthopaedics gives new nurses an opportunity to begin their professional life. Some find they have a true love of the orthopaedic population and make this their home. Those who choose to explore other avenues of opportunities take with them skills that they can apply to all aspects of nursing, such as time management, pain management, and customer service.

We pride ourselves on our teamwork and our close working relationship with therapy services which is integral to our success in preparing patients to return to their homes or to move to the next level of care.

Your Role

Applies the nursing process to plan and implement the care of patients, including patient and family education and continuum of care planning. Effectively communicates pertinent patient/family information to the health care team. Collaborates in establishing patient goals and evaluates progress to ensure effective outcomes. Furthers professional growth by engaging in learning activities according to the Board of Nursing standards. For more information regarding the physical requirements and environmental conditions for this job, please click here at .

Our Nursing Philosophy

We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.

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Key Functions and Expected Performances:

  1. Core Accountabilities

a. Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance.

b. Problem Solving/Complexity of Work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.

c. Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.

d. Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.

  1. Key Responsibilities

a. Collaborates in establishing the plan of care, coordinates and implements care delivery while anticipating patient care needs across the continuum.

b. Analyzes comprehensive information pertinent to the patient's care and management to determine nursing diagnosis.

c. Continually utilizes the nursing process to evaluate patient's progress towards goals and applies appropriate interventions to ensure effective outcomes.

d. Employs strategies to promote health and a safe and healthy environment.

  1. Core Capabilities: Supporting Colleagues

a. Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas

b. Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships

c. Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences

  1. Core Capabilities: Delivering Excellent Services

a. Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them

b. Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions

c. Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness

  1. Core Capabilities: Ensuring High Quality

a. Performs excellent work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly

b. Ensures continuous improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them

c. Fulfills safety and regulatory requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring

  1. Core Capabilities: Managing Resources Effectively

a. Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure

b. Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area

c. Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities

  1. Core Capabilities: Fostering Innovation

a. Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches

b. Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges

c. Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements

  1. Technical Capabilities

a. Nursing Patient Assessment & Evaluation: Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate patients in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Conducts primary care patient interviews and physical examinations. Demonstrates sufficient acumen to recognize problems, ask questions and to contact the patient's primary care provider and other members of the healthcare team. Has experience in gathering pertinent clinical data that aid in referral, treatment, or other primary care pathways.

b. Care Planning: Demonstrates ability to anticipate resource needs, identify distinct tasks, set priorities, schedule activities, meet deadlines, and organize work within areas of direct responsibility. Competently handles multiple assignments often simultaneously by prioritizing work into manageable and measurable units. Ability to adapt to changes to patient care and area needs with minimal disruption and loss of productivity. Follows up to assure problems and issues are resolved.

c. Nursing Patient Education: Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency in providing patient education in practical applications of moderate difficulty.

d. Evidence-Based Practice: Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully search for evidence to answer clinical questions. Generally works under the direction of others while accomplishing assignments.



Job requires Graduate of an approved discipline specific program and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Registered Nurse

Job Registered Nurse

Organization: Orthopaedics Team 20 201807

Title: RN - Registered Nurse Inpatient Orthopaedics Night Shift

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1804775

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