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Vanderbilt Nursing

Pediatric Medicine, Acute Care, and Epilepsy

Hello,
I’m Debbie Gardner BSN, RN.  I am the manager of the Pediatric Medicine, Acute Care, and Epilepsy unit located on the 7th floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To work in the Pediatric Medicine, Acute Care, and Epilepsy unit, our nurses need to have a good knowledge-base of pediatric care and show a genuine concern and compassion for our patients and their families.
  

 Debbie Gardner BSN, RN
Manager
Pediatric Medicine, Acute Care, and Epilepsy
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt


Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Diagnosis and treatment services for epilepsy
Pediatric
(infants to teenagers)
36 beds
divided between
three 12-bed sub units
  •  PALS certification for certified clinical staff who work with Pediatrics
  • PEARS certification
  • CPN certification

About Us:

Our unit specializes in pediatric medicine, providing care to children with respiratory, endocrine, and neurological diagnoses; gastrointestinal disorders, renal disorders, and any other medical condition (with the exception of hematology/oncology and cardiac patients).  Our Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring subspecialty provides treatment services to pediatric epilepsy patients from Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana.

Our patient focus is on helping families and patients through difficult times, providing them with education, and most of all, showing compassion to them.

A typical shift for our nurses includes working with a team of nurses and care partners to care for children of all ages. Our unit is a great place to develop a strong foundation in pediatric nursing.

We pride ourselves on our ability to care for our patients and their families just as we would want to be cared for.
 


Awards and Recognitions:

  • PRC Patient Satisfaction 5 Star Award
  • In 2007, our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) opened two beds specially wired with hardware which allows us to monitor a child with suspected or known seizures.  It became so busy that in 2008 we added 2 more beds.
     

 Virtual Tour  Visit our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit web page 


Key Staff:

 

Manager:

Nurse Educator:

 
Debbie Gardner, BSN, RN

Brandi Meacham, BSN, RN

Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to Pediatric Medicine, Acute Care, and Epilepsy, 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 Pediatric Medicine, Acute Care,
                 and Epilepsy unit:  EMU, acute care, epilepsy, pediatric medicine
 
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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