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 our staff's best, encourages professional growth, and values lifelong learning.  

Our goal at VPH/VBH is to create a safe, compassionate environment for patients and supports healing.  Our patients and their families best sum this up 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 psychiatric disorders.  

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