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More Information More About PICU (2 Sutherland)
More Information More About PICU (2 Sutherland)

Our locations include:
Children's Mercy Hospital, Hospital Hill, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri


Our staff includes:

Job Title

# of Staff

Nurse Manager


Staff Nurse




Charge Nurse


Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP)


Clinical Research Coordinator (RN)


PICU Education Coordinator (RN)


Resource Manager


Unit Secretary


Our nursing unit is supported by:

  • Respiratory Therapy support on unit 24/7
  • Pharmacy support on unit 24/7
  • Social Work support 24/7
  • Chaplain support 24/7
  • Nutrition support
  • A Child-Life Specialist assigned to our unit

Our average daily census is 17.89 patients with an average of 16.9% of these patients requiring 1:1 care. The average number of admissions is 3.9 patients per day. The average length of stay in the PICU is 5.20 days.

We assign one RN to care for one to two patients, depending on acuity.

Full-time employees on our unit work three 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.

We have a charge nurse on each shift, who typically is not assigned a patient load. Our charge nurses are involved with managing day-to-day operations of our unit.

We generally have a resource nurse available on each shift to assist others with procedures, transports, admissions, etc. The resource nurse responds to Code Blue and Rapid Response Team calls throughout the hospital. The resource nurse does not usually take a patient assignment unless acuity is very high on the unit.

Orientation and Training

Orientees are assigned a preceptor throughout orientation. Orientation may last up to four months.

Biweekly meeting are held with the orientee, preceptor and nurse educator for an orientation status update.

Training provided during orientation includes:

  • A variety of critical care classes, including a skills lab
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

Staff Nurses receive ongoing training, to include:

  • Education Fair
  • Sedation Class or Update
  • 8 Trauma hours
  • Central Line Certification
  • Decentralized Lab Certifications:
    • Sure Step
    • Labstick
    • I-Stat
    • Hemochron
  • Quarterly unit updates
  • Competency days twice/year
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)

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

Introductory Staff Nurses

We hire Introductory staff nurses. Introductory staff nurses work with a preceptor for four months before working independently. Refer to Orientation and Ongoing Training Opportunities for details.

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