We are located at Children's Mercy Hospital,
Hospital Hill, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo.
Our nursing unit is supported by:
- Multiple child life specialists assigned to both inpatient and
- Respiratory therapy support 24/7
- Daytime satellite pharmacy staff support / Central Pharmacy
- Social work support 24/7
- Chaplain support 24/7
- Nutrition support
Each RN cares for two to three patients with a care
assistant, depending on census and acuity. For our BMT
population, each RN cares for 2 patients with a care
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 have a resource nurse available to assist others with
procedures, transports, admissions, etc. The resource nurse does
not take a patient assignment.
Orientation and Training
Orientees train one-on-one with an assigned preceptor throughout
the orientation process. Orientation typically ranges
from eight weeks for RNs with experience to 14 weeks for
Introductory(Graduate)Nurses, but may be increased or decreased, as
needed by the orientee.
Orientees gradually accept patient care responsibilities, taking
on a full patient load about halfway through orientation, while
being observed closely by the preceptor. At two-week intervals, the
orientee, preceptor and Education Coordinator meet to discuss
Orientees also attend classes in pediatric hematology-oncology
that cover a wide range of topics, including disease processes,
treatment, and chemotherapy.
Staff Nurses receive ongoing training, to include:
- Educational updates and continuing education opportunities
throughout the year
- Certification in sedation and central line care, including
basic and advanced skills
- Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Oncology/Chemotherapy courses, teaching diagnosis, treatments,
policies and procedures
- Training in Stem Cell Transplant
After two years of Hematology/Oncology experience, RNs may
take the Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse exam.
Paid training is available to become a preceptor, improve
leadership skills, attain PALS certification, and more!
Introductory Staff Nurses
We hire graduate nurses. Refer to Orientation and Ongoing Training
Opportunities for details.