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Registered Nurse Acute Care of the Elderly Unit

Job Number: 1905056
Category: Registered Nurse
Organization: 7RW ACE Cohort 30 201213
Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Role Summary:

The Med/Surg (Acute Care of the Elderly) Registered Nurse will apply the nursing process to plan and implement the care of patients, including patient and family education and continuum of care planning.  The Med Surg (Acute Care of the Elderly) Registered Nurse effectively communicates pertinent patient/family information to the health care team.  Collaborate in establishing patient goals and evaluates progress to ensure effective outcomes.  Further your professional growth by engaging in learning activities according to the Board of Nursing standards.  Relocation Assistance available.


Department/Unit Summary:  

The ACE Unit, located in Medical Center North at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is fast-paced and focused on acute medicine.  Acute Care of the Elderly is the specialty of this 22 bed unit, which cares for patients 65 years of age and older.  

The mission of the ACE Unit is to provide compassionate, quality care that is respectful, patient/family-centered, safe, and cost efficient.  Our nurses are able to utilize evidence-based guidelines and specialized gerontology nursing education in caring for the patients on the ACE Unit.  The staff experiences the professional satisfaction that comes with making a difference every day for their patients and families, while expanding their critical care knowledge base and applying critical thinking skills to understand and intervene in the care of their patients.

Our population of patients may include patients with any number of co-morbidities, including neurological, respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine medical conditions.  

All beds are appropriate for telemetry and sp02 monitoring.  


The Management structure of the ACE Unit consists of the Unit Manager and 3 Clinical Staff Leaders and 1 Nurse Educator.  Each Clinical Staff Leader is responsible for 18-20 staff.  The staff is composed of RNs, Care Partners and Medical Receptionists.  RN assignments are determined by patient census and acuity.  Normal RN ratios are 5:1.

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Position Shift:

Full-time (36 hours/week), night shift (7p-7a).  The schedule is made for six weeks and we offer self-scheduling.


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