Nursing Education and Professional Development

Clinical Orientation

Welcome to Vanderbilt!

WHAT: Participants attend Clinical Orientation after they attend Medical Center Orientation. During Clinical Orientation, participants review skills, and participate in didactic and discussion sessions.   

WHO: All new licensed and non-licensed clinical staff who have direct patient care   

WHERE: The first day of Clinical Orientation (Monday afternoon), is located on campus in Light Hall.  For the remaining 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday), Clinical Orientation is held at 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 100. (Parking is not available here. View a parking map and directions here.) To enter the building, walk through the parking garage in the back to access the lobby, and take the elevators to the first floor.  

WHEN: Clinical Orientation is typically held twice a month. View our 2016 calendar here.

NOTE: As of September 26, 2016 orientation begins Monday afternoon and continues through Wednesday, as noted on the table below.

Participants will be given an individualized itinerary when they arrive, as specific schedules depend upon job roles. The general schedule is as follows:    

EFFECTIVE 9/26/16 Clinical Orientation will follow the below schedule:




Monday A.M Medical Center Orientaton, Meet and Greet (7:00-8:00am)  Langford Auditorium 
Monday P.M. Clinical Orientation Light Hall
Tuesday (all day) Clinical Orientation 3401 West End Suite 100
Wednesday (all day) Clinical Orientation 3401 West End Suite 100
Thursday A.M. POCT** Light Hall
Thursday P.M (12:30-16:30 P.M.) Computer Training-Inpatient Licensed** Oxford House
Friday A.M.( 8:00-12:00) Computer Training-Medical Receptionists  Oxford House
Friday P.M.(13:00-15:00) Computer Trainig- Care Partner ONLY Oxford House
Friday (all day) Computer Training- Care Partner cross-trained as Medical Receptionist Oxford House
Monday (all day) Computer Training- VMG Licensed and Non-licensed staff Green Hills Office Building

*All days listed above are the week of CO session, except VMG computer training which occurs the Monday following CO.

**Participants will be notified if they need to attend POCT; The POCT team determines this and relays the message to the CO program coordinator. New hires will be given the class information and location, if applicable to them.

***There is one date, November 10, 2016, that alternate arrangements will be made for computer orientation. This information will be communicated closer to this CO session.


  • Lunch is provided to participants on Monday only. During subsequent days, participants are invited to bring lunch (refrigeration provided onsite), purchase lunch at the 3401 building cafe, or walk to a nearby restaurant.
  • Clinical Orientation will not be cancelled, even during inclement weather. 
  • Clinical Orientation is hosted by Nursing Education and Professional Development.
  • Online Clinical Orientation Manual* available to VUMC Staff
    (* = log-in required)



Clinical Orientationclinical.orientation@vanderbilt.edu  

Karon Killian, MSN, RN-BC, Nursing Professional Development Specialist                                                    615.875.3114, karon.l.killian@vanderbilt.edu

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