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 station. Each RN cares for up to 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 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 10-12 weeks but may be
increased or decreased as needed. The orientee provides direct
patient care under the supervision of the preceptor, gradually
building up to caring independently for a full patient load.
Nurses receive ongoing training and learning opportunities,
- Quarterly unit updates
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)
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 Ongoing Training
Opportunities for details.