Vanderbilt Nursing


I'm Donna Copeland, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC.  I am the manager of the Myelosuppression unit located on the 10th floor of the Vanderbilt University Hospital Tower .

To work in the Myelosuppression unit, our nurses must have completed competencies and/or certifications in Basic Arrhythmia, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplant education.  Courses are offered within the first six months of employment to newly hired staff who need to meet these requirements.

Donna Copeland, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC
Myelosuppression Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Oncology and
Adults (18 and older) 27
  •  Staff members are eligible to sit for the Oncology Certification exam after one year.

About Us:

Our unit specializes in stem cell transplants and malignant hematology.  Our patient focus is on family-centered patient care and maintaining the patient’s quality of life.

A typical shift for our nurses includes caring for patients with the assistance of a care partner; administering chemotherapy and blood products; and educating patients on disease and treatment options.  We are dedicated to providing a fulfilling and high energy work environment.  Our nurses and care partners have a unique perspective on compassion and a strong belief in the enormous potential of cancer survivorship.

Our multidisciplinary team follows the span of our patients' lives through their physicality, frailties, suffering and successes while promoting wellness and self-care.

Due to prolonged inpatient stays, our team strives to create an environment that benefits patients, families, and staff through local charities, volunteers, and staff and management-lead committees.  We continually work to improve and grow, championing all involved to continue to provide the best in cancer care.


Awards and Recognitions:

  • Nurse Residency Program - Best Nursing Team Award for the Acute Care Medicine Track
    Winter 2010          Summer 2010
  • Our Patient Satisfaction scores are in the top 10% nationally.

Key Staff:



Assistant Manager:

Donna Copeland, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC

Janet Lucas, BSN, RN

Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to Myelosuppression, 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 Myelosuppression unit:
                 myelosuppression, oncology, cancer
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If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.


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