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In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt provides its staff with a benefits package that is comprehensive and flexible. Components for benefits-eligible employees include:

  • Health Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Group Discounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

The three health plans include options for out-of-paycheck and out-of-pocket costs. You have the option to cover eligible family members on your health plan, ranging from only yourself to also including eligible children as well as a spouse/same-sex domestic partner. The plans are designed using co-pays and deductibles, and offer preventive care as well as low-cost options for prescription drugs.


When not healthy, employees have access to accrued time off as well as short- and long-term disability. As a university that includes a medical center, we are especially committed to helping you thrive, physically and mentally, and we provide a variety of Health & Wellness programs, confidential counseling, a faculty/staff health express clinic, and a variety of childcare centers and programs.


Retirement contributions are matched by Vanderbilt, and the retirement plan includes several investment options to accommodate those who like to be involved in managing their accounts. Depending on your needs and concerns, you may also elect dental, vision, and life insurance and contribute to a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account for eligible health and dependent care expenses.


We recognize the success and commitment of employees with personal and dependent tuition (spouse and children) and time off benefits that vary with length and type of service.


We also realize that sometimes it's the little things that make a difference. At Vanderbilt, there's a wide variety of perks that make working here so special. From the Employee Service Center, to pet insurance and other special discounts and offers, you're sure to find something that can save you a little money or make your day just a bit easier and more enjoyable.

Nurse Wellness Program

The Nurse Wellness Committee began in April 2002 in response to previous work related to the quality of work life and nurse retention. The Committee serves as an advisory board to the Nurse Wellness Program. The job demands on nurses expose them to a number of stresses that affect their emotional well-being. In addition to workplace stress, nurses also experience personal stresses, depression, anxiety, family pressures, relationship or marital conflicts, addiction, loss and other significant problems.

While struggling to provide the highest possible care for their patients, nurses need to focus on the need to care for themselves as caregivers. Nurses are used to helping others but often neglect to care for themselves. Some resist taking the time to focus on their own problems or feel embarrassed seeking assistance for their own needs. The Nurse Wellness Program offers both proactive services such as health and productivity workshops that focus on issues such as stress management, managing change, parenting and eldercare issues as well individual counseling services in response to problems or personal issues.

Stress Management

There is no formula or easy ‘quick fix’ when dealing with stress. Stress management is a highly personal process that takes effort and planning. Within the Vanderbilt community, there are a number of resources aimed at helping students, faculty, and staff better manage stress.

  • Work/Life Connections–EAP offers both individualized counseling and departmental in-service workshops on stress and dealing with change. Workshops are also provided through the HEALTH Plus health promotion program and the Human Resources Organizational Effectiveness team. Another stress reduction method in use at Vanderbilt is a relaxation chair available for faculty and staff.
  • There is an annual “Stress Fest” that promotes campus services and international techniques for relieving stress. Stress reduction through chair massage, Tai Chi, Zen meditation, nutrition, and yoga is demonstrated.
  • HEALTH Plus offers a fully-equipped exercise facility, daily exercise classes, and individualized exercise prescriptions by an exercise professional.
  • The Department of Pastoral Care offers chapel worship services, spiritual retreats, and chapels or gardens for meditation opportunities.
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