Vanderbilt Nursing

Cardiovascular Surgical Stepdown

I’m Janice Gabbard, MSN, RN.  I am the manager of the Cardiovascular Surgical Stepdown unit located in 6 South of Vanderbilt University Hospital.  I am also the manager of the Cardiovascular Progressive Care unit.

To work in the Cardiovascular Surgical Stepdown unit, our nurses need to be proficient in Basic Arrhythmia and maintain ACLS and BLS certifications to care for our patient population.

Janice Gabbard, MSN, RN
Cardiovascular Surgical Stepdown
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds
Cardiovascular Surgery Adults (17 and older) 14

About Us:

Our unit specializes in vascular inpatient surgery and cardiology surgery.  Our patient focus is to work toward a culture of safety and patient satisfaction.

A typical shift for our nurses includes a twelve hour day or night shift.  We primarily take care of surgical patients with support from an interdisciplinary team.

We pride ourselves on our culture of safety, teamwork, patient satisfaction, and staff satisfaction.


Awards and Recognitions:

  • Patient Satisfaction Five Star Award 


Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to the Cardiovascular Surgical Stepdown, 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 Cardiovascular Surgical Stepdown:
                 cardiovascular stepdown, cardiology, inpatient
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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