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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Overview

Nashville, TN
10000+ employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Its reputation for excellence in each of these areas has made Vanderbilt a major patient referral center for the Mid-South. Each ... Read more

Mission: Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

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  • With so many patient areas to choose from, nurses at VUMC have limitless opportunities to pursue a rewarding career. Every nurse has the opportunity to transfer internally to find the perfect fit – be it in an inpatient, clinical, educational or research area. To view current opportunities, visit Work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

  • VUMC is an exceptional place to be a nurse. At VUMC, nursing isn?t just a job; it?s a career, and our nurses are given plenty of room to follow their passions. Plus VUMC is the only medical system in Middle Tennessee to receive Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Why Work With Us?



Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.

Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our healthcare advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.

As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.

Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiply in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.

We are Vanderbilt. Join Us.



We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.

Our guiding philosophy recognizes the inherent worth, dignity and uniqueness of every person. We involve patients and their families in decisions about their health, and we help them reach their top level of wellness.

We believe in constantly improving patient care, being quick to adapt our practices, and being flexible. We believe in the concept of Shared Governance whereby staff collaborate on nursing practice and the clinical work environment. We strive to communicate clearly, recognize nursing staff for excellence, and recruit and retain talented staff.

We believe research is vital for advancing clinical practice. As we evaluate ourselves, we improve patient care and add to our knowledge. We offer opportunities for advanced professional education and personal growth, which lead to better quality in nursing. We believe the future of nursing is in the synergy between service and education.



Overview of Nurse Residency Program

The nurse residency program provides a solid foundation for new graduate nurses transitioning from student to professional nurse and offers support in the development of effective, competent, and committed nurses.  The 12-month program includes a centralized onboarding process and orientation, department-specific content and skill development, preceptor support and transparent leadership support.  After completion of department-based orientation, nurse residents continue with regularly scheduled workshops designed to address specific transitions through the first year of practice as a novice nurse. Topics include delegation, time management, resiliency, patient engagement, diversity, cultural competency, ethical decision making, evidence-based practice, and quality initiatives.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nurse Residency Program is accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

What we provide

Our Nurse Residency Program offers track options to allow nurse residents to work in areas that match their interests and career goals.
Track options include:

Newly graduated nurses hired into the Nurse Residency Program are supported in the role of the professional nurse through didactic learning sessions and hands-on clinical training under the guidance and support of our quality and specialty trained nursing staff.

We offer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall start dates. Start date options vary based on area hired and successful NCLEX completion.

The program is designed to support:

  • Centralized recruitment, including the application, interview, and hiring process. 
  • Onboarding and Orientation, including central and track specific orientation, as well as targeted population-specific education by experienced preceptors and VUMC content experts.
  • The First Year, including professional development opportunities designed to meet the needs of the transitioning nurse.
  • Beyond the First Year, including mentorship, career guidance, and support for ongoing professional development and growth. 

Candidate Eligibility

  • Registered Nurses with less than 6 months of professional nursing experience at the time of application
  • Candidates are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited program
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • All graduation requirements must be met (including the HESI or other exit exams) prior to the start date of the nurse residency program.
  • Required to be licensed prior to their start date.
    Residents that can provide official documentation of successful NCLEX results and pending application for TN RN licensure (or a state that is part of the enhanced nurse licensure compact) will be considered eligible to start

Eligibility for current VUMC Staff

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited and state-approved program and less than 1-year relevant experience
     - or -
  • Associate’s Degree in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited and state-approved program and at least one year of half-time employment in select clinical roles at VUMC
    ·  If offered a position to the Nurse Residency Program: 
       The offer is contingent upon attainment of the bachelor’s in nursing degree within 3 years.  

Questions?  Contact us.

VUMC Nurse Residency Program:
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In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides its faculty and staff members with a benefits package that is comprehensive and flexible. Components for benefits-eligible employees include:
  • Health Plan
  • Parental Leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-term Disability
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Group Discounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Vision

VUMC offer three health benefit plans. Fully benefit eligible employees can cover your spouse and/or children (up to age 26). VUMC also offers benefits to partially benefits eligible employees. Partially benefits eligible employees have access to health coverage and can cover only their children. The plans are designed using co-pays, deductibles, and offer preventive care as well as low-cost options for prescription drugs.

As an employee of VUMC, you will have access to flexPTO and short/long-term disability if needed. As 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 VUMC (up to a maximum of 5%). The retirement plan includes several investment options to accommodate your retirement needs. We recognize the success and commitment of employees with personal and dependent tuition. 

We also realize that sometimes it's the little things that make a difference. At VUMC, there's a wide variety of perks that make working here so special. From 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.

At Vanderbilt we welcome employees from a wide variety of backgrounds, traditions and experiences. We often witness the vitality and creativity that comes from bringing different perspectives together. As individuals and professionals, we grow from the ability to recognize commonalities and different histories.

A diverse staff also benefits our students and residents, who come from all over the country and the world. Once employees are here, they discover a wonderful richness in the events and celebrations that are open to all on campus. They will also discover committees and policies that shepherd Vanderbilt into the next decades by demonstrating that excellence is not possible without inclusivity. The links below provide just a sampling of all the ways that Vanderbilt upholds the value of diversity.

Employee and Labor Relations, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services

Institute for Global Health

Office for Diversity Affairs

The Office of Inclusion and Health Equity

School of Medicine Gay-Straight Alliance

Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQI Health 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTI health is an innovative effort to improve healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) patients that is housed within the Office for Diversity in Medical Education.


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    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in December 2019.


    Was contacted 2 days after applying, spoke with HR before my interview about benefits and other details about the job. Had a phone interview and was given an official offer 2 days later.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Awards & Accolades

  • Best Hospitals Honor Roll, US News & World Report, 2019
  • Best Children's Hosptial, US News & World Report, 2019
  • Healthcare's Most Wired, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, 2019
  • Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality, Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index, 2019
  • Magnet Designation in Nursing, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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