COVID, 8th Floor Medical Center East

mgrHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Kim Hurt, MSN, RN, NE-BC, manager of the COVID unit. We are located on the 8th floor of Medical Center East at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

The environment on our unit is friendly, focused on teamwork, and flexible to accommodate our patients’ needs.

We care for adult patients 18 and older who are being treated for a variety of medical diagnoses.  Since March 2020, our unit has been dedicated to the care of the COVID patient. We see patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, who are also COVID positive. 

Our patients are unique because of their diverse diagnoses and specialized medical needs.

One of the perks of working on my unit is the rare opportunity to be a part of a brand new unit and have an impact on the unit’s growth. With 37 beds, we are the largest unit within Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Our nurses are successful because they have strong assessment and communication skills, rely on each for support, and adapt easily to new challenges.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing a seven-week unit specific orientation with dedicated preceptors.

We encourage professional growth. 

If your career goal is to gain strong clinical experiences in different areas, the COVID unit can help with this by exposing you to skill sets that can crossover to other medicine units.

If you have any questions about our unit, please email me at or visit Work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to explore open nursing positions.

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