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Vanderbilt Nursing

Labor and Delivery

Hello,
I’m Sandy Smith, RN.  I am the manager of Labor and Delivery unit located on 4 North of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

To work in Labor and Delivery, our nurses need to be committed to providing comprehensive care for each patient in an exciting and challenging environment.  Each member of the Labor and Delivery team plays an important role in ensuring that our unit runs safely and efficiently.
 

Sandy Smith, RN
Manager
Labor and Delivery Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Unit Highlights:

 

Focus of Care  Patient Demographic  Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Labor and Delivery,
Maternal Special Care
Women of childbearing age
  • 12 LDR (Labor and Delivery Rooms)
  • 4 beds in the Triage Center
  • 6 Maternal Special Care beds
  •  BLS certification
  • Either ACLS or EOR (Essentials of Resuscitation)
  • NRP certification
  • AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring

About Us:

Our unit specializes in caring for women throughout the childbearing cycle.  Low and High Risk Obstetrical patients are evaluated and treated in Labor and Delivery during all phases of the childbearing cycle for management of a variety of clinical conditions.  We care for healthy mothers with well babies, as well as for mothers with complex diseases and high risk pregnancies such as:  preeclampsia, diabetes, multiple gestation, and fetal anomalies.

Our focus is on creating a family-centered environment with a firm belief that patient safety should always come first.  We involve our patients and their families in our bedside assessments and reports, as we strive to keep our patients involved as the most important member of the healthcare team.  From the moment a patient arrives on our unit we demonstrate the mission of Vanderbilt: We Care, We Teach, We Learn, We deliver EXCELLENT CARE.

A typical shift for our nurses includes caring for high-risk maternal fetal medicine patients to low-risk midwife patients.  Vanderbilt Labor and Delivery nurses provide comfort measures and support to mothers who have suffered intrauterine fetal death (IUFD), assist in vaginal delivery and recovery, participate as members of the obstetrical emergency team, care for high-risk antepartum patients, triage outpatients, and circulate in the operating room for cesarean birth and fetal surgery.  The Center for Women’s Health at Vanderbilt offers many outstanding programs for obstetrical patients including: midwifery care, centering pregnancy, interpretive services, on-staff lactation consultants, water labor tubs, fetal surgery, and nitrous oxide for labor analgesia.

We place an emphasis on evidence-based practice, as well as encouragement and support of innovative research to improve patient outcomes.  Labor and Delivery nurses provide personalized total care which meets the psychosocial, educational, physical, spiritual and cultural needs of each patient and family.  We pride ourselves on our strong teamwork and our ability to work through difficult tasks as a unit.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • We were excited to be the first Labor and Delivery unit in Nashville to install 2 labor tubs.
  • We are the first hospital in the area to offer nitrous oxide for labor analgesia
  • We are one of the first hospitals in the country to offer in-utero spina bifida repair.
  • 100% of our eligible nursing staff are credentialed in AWHONN intermediate fetal heart monitoring.

   

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Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to the Labor and Delivery Unit, 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 Labor and Delivery Unit:
                 labor and delivery, obstetrics, antepartum, intrapartum
 
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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