We are located at Children's
Mercy Hospital, Hospital Hill, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City,
Our nursing unit is supported by:
- A Child Life Specialist assigned to our unit
- Respiratory Therapy support 24/7
- Pharmacy support 24/7
- Social Work support 24/7
- Chaplain support 24/7
- Nutrition support
We assign a team of two to three RNs and one or two
CA/NT to each pod of eight patients. Each RN cares
for two to three patients without a Care Assistant
or four patients with a Care Assistant, depending on census
We have a charge nurse on each shift, who typically is not
assigned a patient load. Our charge nurses are involved with
managing the day-to-day operations of our unit.
We generally have a resource nurse available from 7 a.m. to 11
p.m. Monday through Friday to assist others with procedures,
transports, admissions, etc. The Resource Nurse does not usually
take a patient assignment unless acuity is very high on the
Orientation and Training
Orientees train one-on-one with an assigned preceptor throughout
the orientation process. RN orientation is typically 10-12 weeks, but may
be increased or decreased, as needed by the orientee.
During the orientation period, all competencies are verified;
there are routine meetings with the unit-based education
coordinator to discuss progress; and the orientee provides direct
patient care starting with one patient and gradually learning to
coordinate care for a full patient load.
Staff Nurses receive ongoing training, including:
- Cardiovascular surgery class
- Multi-visceral transplant class
Paid training is available to become a preceptor, improve
leadership skills, attain PALS certification, and more.
Introductory Staff Nurses
We hire introductory staff nurses. Refer to Orientation and Training for details.