picWelcome to Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital & Vanderbilt Behavioral Health (VPH/VBH) Nursing.  My name is Avni Cirpili, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, and I have served as the Chief Nursing Officer for VPH/VBH for 9 years and it has been one of the most rewarding jobs in my career.  As a Magnet-designated organization, the nurses have been recognized for the quality of nursing care  they provide to patients and their families.  The nursing culture at VPH/VBH is one of collaboration and shared decision-making that brings out the best in our staff, encouraging professional growth, and values life-long learning.  

Our goal at VPH/VBH is to create an environment for patients that is safe, compassionate and supports healing.  This is best summed up by our patients and their families in the comments they have made in our discharge phone calls:

Mother of an adolescent patient:
"For a mom it is such a burden to see her? Child? hospitalized? children struggling. A huge weight has been lifted.  Y'all have been great. The nurses were phenomenal, wonderful."

Father of a young adult patient:
"I can't thank every staff person on A1 enough. The staff is exceptional, and I so appreciate the time spent with me on the phone and the constant communication I had each staff member that called me with updates. I drove him all the way across the state, because I wanted the best care... and I got it! I have my son back for Christmas.  What a gift!  Thank you to the staff so glad that we came there. Tell the staff that he is actually making dinner for us!!”

I am privileged to lead an outstanding team of nursing staff who dedicate their time and efforts to make a difference in the lives of individuals who suffer from a psychiatric disorder.  

Avni Cirpili, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital/Vanderbilt Behavioral Health