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More Information More About 4 Sutherland


We are located at Children's Mercy Hospital, Hospital Hill, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri.


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 and acuity.

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 unit.

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.

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