Aug 07, 2022

RN, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

  • Vanderbilt Health
  • Nashville, TN, USA
General Nursing

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Job Description - RN, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) (2101846)

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RN, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) -2101846


: Registered Nurse

Primary Location

: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH)


: Admin-Mental Health 303569


Registered Nurse 2 - Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

*$10,000 Sign-on Bonus

Your Role: Applies the nursing process to plan and implement the care of patients, including patient and family education and continuum of care planning. Effectively communicates pertinent patient/family information to the health care team. Collaborates in establishing patient goals and evaluates progress to ensure effective outcomes. Furthers professional growth by engaging in learning activities according to the Board of Nursing standards. *Sign-on bonus for eligible candidates.

  • RN for the ECT is electroconvulsive therapy; treatment for depression.
  • RN (to be) ACLS qualified, or expect within a reasonable time frame.
  • The applicant for the position will be performing duties primarily as a recovery room nurse with complete pre-treatment documentation; insure the patient meets the basic criteria for treatment (NPO status, medication and allergy review and recent medical history).
  • Prep the patient for treatment, to include starting the IV, or accessing the port or picc; also responsible for initiating time out plus transitioning the patient to the anesthesia team prior to treatment.
  • Post-ECT treatment plan includes responsibilities for recovery. This includes airway, cardiovascular, medication and IV management; the ability to adjust to agitated patients post treatment until resolved. (works within a team well); once patient is recovered and meets discharge criteria, you will assist the patient to the inpatient unit or to the responsible person for transport home.
  • RN will be cross-trained to operate the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) machine and to provide treatments to select patients.

Position Shift:

  • Monday-Friday, 8a-5p. No Call or Holiday shifts are required.

About Us:

  • Vanderbilt Behavioral Health is a multidisciplinary service within Vanderbilt University Medical Center that offers world-class patient care and excellence in education and research.
  • Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, through its inpatient facility Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, is the only inpatient provider of mental health services for children in Middle Tennessee. We offer highly specialized services for children ages 4-12 who have emotional or behavioral challenges and need immediate assistance. Each child’s care is supervised by a board-certified child psychiatrist.
  • Our adult programs care for patients 18 and older. We offer personalized treatment programs tailored to specific needs such as Psychotic Disorder Program, Mood Disorders Program, Addictions Programs, and the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program.
  • Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital is an 106 bed hospital for children, adolescents, and adult patients.

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

Our Nursing Philosophy:

We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.

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RN Sign-On Bonus Eligibility Requirements:

• The sign on bonus is not applicable to current VUMC staff or former staff who have worked for VUMC in the past two years.

Basic Qualifications

Position Qualifications:


  • Graduate of an approved discipline specific program (or equivalent experience)
  • 1 year relevant experience
  • RN Nursing License


  • Candidates with technical or administrative nursing experience are preferred.
  • ACLS preferred.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
  • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
  • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
  • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
  • Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.
  • Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
  • Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
  • Frequent: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


  • Frequent: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.
  • Continuous: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
  • Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.