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More Information More About 6 Henson
More Information More About 6 Henson


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 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, which include:

  • 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.

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