Vanderbilt Nursing: Achieve the Remarkable

Surgical Stepdown


I'm Aaron Hirsch, MSN, RN.  I am the manager of the Surgical Stepdown and Urologic Surgery units located on 9 North and 9 South of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

To work in the Surgical Stepdown unit, our nurses need to be prepared to care for post-operative patients typically requiring a high-level of monitoring, including airway management, vascular checks, cardiac monitoring, and trauma care (c-collar and braces).


Aaron Hirsch, MSN, RN
9 North Surgical Stepdown
9 South Urologic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Post-operative patients in Thoracic, Emergency General Surgery and Trauma Surgery/Oncology services. Adults 27
  • BLS certification
  • PCCN Progressive Care Certification

About Us:

Our unit specializes in post-surgical services including:

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Emergency General Surgery (EGS)
  • Oncology Endocrine Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery, and any other surgical service that requires more acute monitoring based on patient condition.

Our focus is to create a tailored plan of care that requires a unified team approach in order to provide excellent care to our patients.

A typical shift for our nurses includes caring for patients on over 16 different surgical specialties. Care for these patients requires skills that include wound management, chest tube maintenance, blood administration, and tracheostomy care, just to name a few.

Our goal is to instill in both our patients and our staff that excellent patient care must be the norm and not the exception.


Recruitment Information:


Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to this unit, please visit Work at Vanderbilt: Achieve the Remarkable for current open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in this area:
                 surgical, stepdown, nursing, care partner
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Adult Surgical Track in the Nurse Residency Program.
If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.


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