Vanderbilt University Medical Center Fall 2018 Nurse Residency Program in Nashville, Tennessee

Fall 2018 Nurse Residency Program

We have exciting news!

Our Fall cohort is being extended to accept applications for our track opportunities listed below.

We are seeking interested graduates and will continue posting until Interview slots are filled.

The program is for the new graduate BSN nurse or the BSN RN with less than 6 months RN work experience upon application.

Our current track opportunities are listed below.

This cohort targets the May or July/August 2018 new graduate nurse.

Qualified applicants will be emailed further instruction/ application packet within 72 business hours of online application. Candidates will identify their Track of interest within the e-mailed packet. As your completed packet is received and reviewed, packets are compiled and scored.

Program Start Date :

October 15, 2018

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The Nurse Residency Program is a one year program designed for nursing graduates or nurses (RN) with less than six months (at the time of application) of nursing experience.

Upon graduation and obtaining a degree in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE state-approved program the Graduate Nurse will enter the VUMC Nurse Residency Program (NRP). The Nurse Resident will participate in the implementation of patient care under the supervision of a licensed Registered Nurse.

Effective Fall 2018 nurse residents are required to be licensed prior to their start date. Residents that can provide official documentation of successful NCLEX results and pending application for TN RN licensure (or a state that is part of the enhanced nurse licensure compact) will be considered eligible to start.

Candidates will be required to have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing to be eligible to apply.

Full-time hours 36-40 hours per week (32 hours for Behavioral Health) is required during the first year of the Nurse Residency Program.

Please review our Track highlights:

Choose from one of the following Tracks

Adult Acute Care-Medicine Units

If hired, you may be offered a position in one of the following units:

· 5RW-Palliative Care Unit

· TVC OBS –Observation unit

· 8N-Acute Medicine

· 3 MCN- Acute Medicine

· 7RW-Acute Care of the Elderly

· 3RW – Acute Medicine

· 8MCE- Medicine/Cardiac Stepdown

Adult Acute Care-Surgery Units

(Inpatient post-operative care of the surgical patient)

If hired, you may be offered a position in one of the following units:

· 4RW-Colorectal/GYN Surgery

· 7T3-Transplant/Acute Care Surgery

· 6N-Neurology/Neurosurgery

· 6S - Spine

· 9N-Acute Surgical Stepdown Unit

· 9S-Urologic/Acute Care Surgery

· 10S/6RW-Orthopedic Surgery/Trauma

· GI Lab

Adult Cardiovascular Acute Stepdown Units

If hired, you may be offered a position in one of the following units:

· 5S-Cardiovascular Progressive Care

· 7S-Cardiovascular Step Down

· 7N-Cardiac Stepdown

· 8S-Cardiac Medicine Stepdown

Adult Oncology Units

If hired, you may be offered a position in one of the following units:

· 11N-Oncology

· 10T3-Myelosuppression/Stem Cell Transplant

Adult Critical Care: Medical ICU

Adult Critical Care: Neuro ICU

Adult Critical Care: Surgical ICU

Adult Critical Care: Trauma ICU


Employment in the Burn Center will include working in the Burn ICU, Burn Stepdown, Hydrotherapy Room and caring for both Adult and Pediatric Patients

Vanderbilt Behavioral Health Track:

If hired, you may be offered a position in one of the following units:

  • VPH1-Adult Thought/Psychotic Disorders

  • VPH2-Adult Dual Diagnosis

  • VPH3-Adult/Geriatric Mood Disorder

  • VPH 5/6-Child/Adolescent Mental Health

Residents who are selected for hire may be offered a position for a specific unit. Home unit assignment will be a collaborative decision made by residency program leaders and unit leaders. Factors considered will be the needs of the organization and individual units as well as skills and interests of the residents.

Basic Requirements:

This position requires Graduation from an accredited nursing program

Required:Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Additional Information: Background checks will be performed and must be approved prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information.

Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer


  1. Job Code: 6656

  2. Job Stream Description: Professional


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

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

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

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

  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.


NURSING PATIENT ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with nursing patient assessment and evaluations.

CARE PLANNING (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Establishes realistic personal work goals and objectives. Demonstrates ability to anticipate basic resource needs, identify distinct tasks, set priorities, schedule activities, meet deadlines, and organize work for own assignments and responsibilities. Prepares and presents clear and accurate status reports on projects and assignments.

NURSING PATIENT EDUCATION (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with patient education.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Recognizes nursing practice is research-based and questions or demonstrates curiosity about the scientific basis of practice.


  • Organizational Impact: Delivers job responsibilities that impact own job area/team with some guidance.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Uses existing procedures, research and analysis to solve standard job related problems that may require some judgement.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Requires subject matter knowledge within a professional area to meet job requirements.

  • Team Interaction: Individually contributes to project/ work teams.



    • Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
    • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues' priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
    • Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.


    • Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
    • Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns to supervisors in a timely manner.
    • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.


    • Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards.
    • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
    • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.


    • Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
    • Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
    • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.


    • Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
    • Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
    • Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.


Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited and state-approved program. and or < 6 months relevant experience

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

TN RN license or Multistate license.

Effective Fall 2018 nurse residents are required to be licensed prior to their start date. Residents that can provide official documentation of successful NCLEX results and pending application for TN RN licensure (or a state that is part of the enhanced nurse licensure compact) will be considered eligible to start.

  • Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.

  • Movement

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.

  • Sensory

  • Frequent: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

  • Continuous: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips

  • Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

Job Registered Nurse

Organization: Nursing Educ & Prf Development 201154

Title: Fall 2018 Nurse Residency Program

Location: TN-Nashville-3401 West End Ave

Requisition ID: 1804152