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More Information More about 5 Henson


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


We assign a team of three to five RNs and two CA/NTs to each tower of twelve to sixteen patients. Each RN cares for two to three patients without a care assistant or 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 on the day shift 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. 

Our nursing unit is supported by:

  • A Child Life Specialist
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pharmacy support
  • Social Work support 
  • Chaplain support 
  • Nutrition support
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy

Orientation and Training 

Orientees train one on one with assigned preceptors throughout the orientation process. RN orientation is eight weeks. The orientee provides direct patient care under the supervision of the preceptor, gradually building up to caring independently for a full patient load. 

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 Training for details.

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