Vanderbilt Nursing

VPH Adult I


I’m Lori Harris, BSN, RN-BC.  I am the manager of VPH Adult I located on the second floor of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital.  I am also the manager of VPH Adult II.

Lori Harris, BSN, RN-BC
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Psychotic Disorders Program  Adults (18 and older) 22
  • Certification not required
  • ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certification is strongly encouraged

About Us:

Our unit primarily cares for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, catatonia, schizoaffective disorder, and depression with psychotic features.  VPH I is a milieu based environment that focuses on stabilization through a multidisciplinary approach.  Daily, we offer psychoeducational groups focused on improving the lives of patients experiencing disorders of thought including, but not limited to, skills building, relapse prevention, healthy choices, and therapeutic recreational activities.

We take pride in our awesome nursing team who are dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients.  We recognize the challenges our patients face, and we strive to provide a therapeutic patient-centered environment where they can begin their healing process.  We embrace recovery oriented principles of care, where we help the patient identify his or her own definitions of wellness and recovery and then individualize their care to help them meet their goals.

We have a Psychosis team that that collaborates through all levels of care in order to provide continuity and increase the compliance rates of our patients.  We meet weekly and problem solve any issues related to treatment.

We have a strong shared governance model, and encourage open communication and problem solving.  We want everyone to know that their voice is heard and have an opportunity to make changes at their level of practice.

Awards and Recognitions:

In October 2012, one of our nurses and a former nurse resident, Michelle Estes, RN, presented nationally at the APNA conference.


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Key Staff:



Nurse Educator:

Administrative Assistant:
Lori Harris BSN, RN-BC 

Jennifer Barut, MSN, RN-BC
Johnny Woodard, BSN, RN-BC

Karen Hunter



Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to VPH Adult I, please visit Work at Vanderbilt to see if there are currently any open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in VPH Adult I:
                 mental health specialist, psychiatric nursing              
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Adult Medicine 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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