Hello and welcome to my unit!
I’m Terry Dewaratanawanich, MMHC, BSN, RN, Manager of the Perioperative Orthopaedics unit, also known as Main-OR Ortho/Trauma. We are located on the 3rd floor Main Operating Room at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital.
The environment on our unit is fast-paced, focused on teamwork, and flexible to accommodate all or patient needs.
We care for adult and pediatric patients of all ages who are being treated for anything from total joint replacements to bone and soft tumor resections, spine, or sports medicine. Our patients are unique because we care for all types of patients requiring orthopaedic care, with a high focus on high acuity Ortho trauma care with various fractures and injuries from traumatic events (car accident, ATV accident, falls, violent crimes, etc.).
One of the perks of working on my unit is our vast diversity of our patients. Some of our patients have been planning their total joint replacement for years versus some patients it is their first time in a hospital setting due to an accident. We aim to provide safe, high-quality patient care for all of our patients.
Our nurses are successful because they believe our patient’s safety comes first and they believe in multi-disciplinary collaborative teamwork.
We orient new nurses to our unit by providing an extensive specialized multi-specialty orientation period dependent upon the candidate’s learning style and speed.
We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to expand your nursing career outside of the traditional bedside care model, the Main Operating Room Orthopaedic team can help with this by providing you with numerous ways to expand your skillset whether it be leadership, scrubbing, or first assisting in cases.