Vanderbilt Nursing

Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit


I'm Christin Ayre, RN.  I am the manager of the Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU located on the 6th floor of the Critical Care Tower of Vanderbilt University Hosptial.

To work in the Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU, our nurses are encouraged to have certifications in neurology and critical care.  Nurses need to be able to assess patients with neurological diseases requiring critical care.

Christin Ayre, RN
Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Intensive Care
Adults (19 and older) 34
  • BLS certified
  • ACLS certified
  • Critical Care certification encouraged
  • Neuro certification encouraged

About Us:

Our unit specializes in providing critical care to patients with brain tumors and diseases of the brain that require surgery.  Our patients come from all over Tennessee and from around the Southeastern region of the United States to seek treatment.  Unlike other ICUs that specialize in neurology, we are not a trauma unit.

Our patient focus is on monitoring the neurological status of our patients, detecting cues of neurological decline, intervening before the decline happens, returning patients to their optimal level of health, and maintaining their ideal neurological status.

A typical shift for our nurses includes assessing, treating, and monitoring two critically ill patients at their bedside as well as placing central lines, providing medications, and tending to pressure monitors and drains in the patient’s brain.

With 34 beds, we are proud to be one of the largest neuro ICUs in the country!  We have quite a large referral base, with patients often selecting our ICU over others in the area to treat their specialized conditions.  We have worked very hard to reach our goal of maintaining a low infection rate and are proud of our team for that accomplishment

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Achieved 100th percentile in patient satisfaction:
    2008           2009

Key Staff:


Assistant Manager:

Nurse Educator:

Christin Ayre, RN

Arlene Boudreaux, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN

Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to the Neuro ICU, 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 Neuro ICU:
                 neuro ICU, Neurosurgery, neurology, 6T3
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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