I’m David Meyer, RN, BSN, MBA. I am the manager of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) located on the 5th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital.
To work in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, our nurses need to exhibit high levels of professional competency and have the ability to quickly focus and prioritize with an ever-changing environment of complex clinical situations.
David Meyer, BSN, RN, MBA
Medical and Interventional Cardiology
Cardiac and Pulmonary Transplant
|Adults (18 and older)||27||
The CVICU is a fast-paced, high acuity unit comprised of 27 critical care inpatient beds. All rooms are private.
The mission of the CVICU is to provide compassionate, quality care that is respectful, patient/family-centered, safe, and cost efficient. Our nurses are able to utilize advanced technology and evidence-based guidelines in caring for the patients in the CVICU. The staff experiences the professional satisfaction that comes with making a difference every day for their patients and families, while expanding their critical care knowledge base and applying critical thinking skills to understand and intervene in difficult and complex patient situations.
The patients cared for in the CVICU are adults. Post-operative adolescent, cardiothoracic surgical patients who can be treated with adult protocols and equipment may also be admitted to the CVICU.
Our population of patients may include MI, heart failure, cardiac dysrhythmias, structural heart disease, hypothermia post-cardiac arrest, ECMO, pre/post-op vascular and cardiac surgery, heart transplant, lung transplant and ventricular assist devices for destination or bridge to transplant therapy.
Patients in the CVICU are typically on one of the following services: medical cardiology, interventional cardiology, heart failure/transplant/VAD, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, or thoracic surgery.
Computers are located in each of the patient rooms to facilitate bedside documentation and medication verification. The unit has three nursing stations with a centralized core of support rooms for supplies and inventory.
All beds are capable of NIBP, SpO2, arterial, pulmonary artery, cardiac output, BIS, temperature, and arrhythmia monitoring.
Management structure of the CVICU consists of the Unit Manager and 6 Clinical Staff Leaders. Each Clinical Staff Leader is responsible for 18-20 staff. The unit is also supported by a CVICU Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Specialist.
The staff is composed of RN’s, Care Partners and Medical Receptionists.
RN assignments are determined by patient census and acuity. Normal RN ratios are 1:1 or 1:2. A Charge RN and a Help-All RN is scheduled for each shift.
All RNs complete a centralized hospital and nursing orientation, in addition to the unit orientation. The unit-specific CVICU competency-based orientation is structured to fit the needs of the experience level of the RN. In addition to a clinical, preceptor-based bedside orientation, RNs attend didactic classes in cardiovascular critical care, basic arrhythmia, device therapies (IABP, CRRT, VADs etc.), BLS, and ACLS review of clinical practice guidelines for the critically ill cardiovascular patient and return demonstrations with check-off procedures.
RNs with recent experience in cardiovascular critical care or experience in the acute care setting are preferred.
Facts about our unit:
Awards and Recognitions:
CVICU Website (for internal VUMC staff only; login required)
If you are interested in applying to the CVICU, 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 the CVICU:
CVICU, cardiovascular surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology
We are currently looking for registered nurses with experience in Cardiac Progressive Care, Inpatient Cardiology, and CVICU for the following available positions which are posted on Work at Vanderbilt:
• Registered Nurse 2 CC- Cardiac Progressive Care (5 South)- FT Nights (search by job code 1402060)
• Registered Nurse 2-CC- Inpatient Cardiology (7 North)- FT Nights (search by job code 1402062)
• Registered Nurse 2-CC- CVICU- FT Nights (search by job code 1401158)
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If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.
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