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More Information More About 6 Henson

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


Our staff includes: 

Job Title

# of Staff

Nurse Manager


Charge Nurse


Resource Nurse


Staff Nurse


Team Coordinator


Unit-Based Education Coordinator


Equipment Tech


Nurse Tech & Care Assistant


Unit Secretary


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 staff one RN with three to four patients. Our RNs care for up to three patients without a care assistant and up to five patients with a care assistant.

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 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.

Full-time employees on our unit work 3 12-hour shifts each week:

  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.

We also have part-time, PRN, and Weekend Option positions.

Orientation and Training

Orientees train one-on-one with an assigned preceptor throughout the orientation process. Orientation is from two to three months, depending on the orientee's past experience and knowledge.

Throughout the orientation period, the orientee works with the preceptor to learn skills and gradually work up to having full responsibility for patient care. Training also includes hands-on skills training and computer training.

Our unit-based education coordinator meets with the orientee and the preceptor weekly to evaluate the orientee's progress and make adjustments to the orientation schedule, as necessary.

Nurses receive ongoing training and learning opportunities, which includes:

  • Quarterly unit updates
    • Nurses attend these education days to earn CEUs and learn new information and skills directly related to doing their job. Speakers teach the latest information and changes in the medical/nursing field, as well as hospital policies and procedures.
  • Annual competency day. Instructors work with staff to update:
    • BLS
    • Central Line Care
    • Tracheostomy Care
    • Point of Care Testing
    • And more!

Paid training is available to become a preceptor, improve leadership skills, attain PALS certification, and more!

Introductory Staff Nurses

We hire introductory staff nurses. Introductory staff nurses work with a preceptor for up to 12 weeks before working independently. Refer to Orientation and Ongoing Training Opportunities for details.

Advancement from introductory staff nurse to staff nurse occurs after completing orientation, most competencies, and passing NCLEX.

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