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Vanderbilt Nursing

Adult Emergency Department

Hello,
I’m Chris Ruckman, RN, MBA, CEN.  I am the manager of the Adult Emergency Department (ED), located in Vanderbilt University Hospital.

To work in the Adult Emergency Department, our nurses require a broad knowledge base of various patient diagnoses, treatments, and procedures to care for our highly diverse general and emergency patient population.


Chris Ruckman, RN, MBA, CEN
Manager
Adult Emergency Department
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Emergency Medicine Adults (18 and older) 45
  • BLS certification
  • ACLS certification
  • PALS certification
  • TNCC certification
  • CEN certification

About Us:

Our department specializes in providing emergency-level treatment to all patients.  We are recognized as Centers of Excellence in Trauma, Stroke, Heart Failure, and Cardiology.  Our focus is on patient and family-centered care.  We strive to provide timely and efficient evaluation, treatment and disposition of our patients.

A typical shift for our nurses includes participating in a team shift report prior to receiving their primary assignment.  Our nurses encounter a diverse patient population every day, with assignments ranging from the acute and critically ill to non-acute and fast track patients.  Other assignments include trauma and triage.  Our department utilizes a team approach to perform primary nursing with the assistance of care partners and paramedics.

We pride ourselves on our team-based approach to providing quality, safe, comprehensive, and excellent care.

 

Awards and Recognitions:

  •  Professional Research Consultant's (PRC) 5 Star Award, recognizing performance in the top 10th percentile in the national database for Quality of Care: 2007 - 2010.
  • The “People’s Choice” Award at Ye Olde Magnet Faire in October, 2010 for creativity in displaying the Magnet Forces at the department’s booth; featuring our Maggie Magnet roving ambassador.
  • 2010 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award from HealthGrades.com
  • 2007 PRC National Excellence in Healthcare GOLD Achievement Award Winner
  • TEAM TRIAGE: Teamwork and Overall Quality
  • Team Triage, among 100 initial innovations, highlighted by AHRQ Innovations Exchange Program.

 

  Visit our Adult Emergency Department website

 


Recruitment Information:

 

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to the Adult Emergency Department, 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 Adult Emergency Department:
                 emergency medicine, adult emergency
 
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Nurse Residency Program.
If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.

 
 

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