Hello and welcome to my unit!
I’m Karen Ferris, MSN, RN, CNOR, Manager of the Urology and Robotics Surgery unit, also known as the Gold Team. We are located on the 3rd floor Main Operating Room at Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH).
The environment on our unit is fast-paced, collaborative, and highly flexible to meet the needs of all our patients.
We care for adult patients who need treatment for urologic conditions as well as all patients having surgery utilizing the Davinci Xi robotic system. Our patients are unique because of their wide variety of needs.
One of the perks of working on my unit is the vast diversity of our patients, and working with surgeons from six surgical specialties.
Some of our patients have been anticipating their surgery for an extended period of time, for others, it is the first time in a hospital setting due to a recent diagnosis that increases the urgency of their treatment. 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 Black team can help with this by providing you with numerous ways to expand your skillset by running the room as the circulating nurse, team leadership, scrubbing, or first assisting in cases.