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


Our staff includes a comprehensive management team with two Nurse Managers, Core Charge Nurses, two Unit Based Education Coordinators, and approxmately 130 employees including Staff Nurses and Care Assistants.

We have a "sister" unit, 5 Sutherland. 5 Henson and 5 Sutherland share managers and staff; in fact, most of our staff members spend time working on both units.

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

We assign one RN to every three to four patients. Each care assistant or nurse tech is assigned the care of approximately seven patients.

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.

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.

Orientation and Training

Orientees train one-on-one with an assigned preceptor throughout the orientation process. RN Orientation is typically 10 weeks, but may be increased or decreased, as needed by the orientee. Orientation includes both 5 Sutherland and 5 Henson.

During the orientation period, all competencies are verified; there are routine meetings with the unit-based education coordinator to discuss progress; and the orientee provides direct patient care starting with one patient and gradually learning to coordinate care for a full patient load.

Staff Nurses receive ongoing training, to include:

  • 5 Sutherland/5 Henson 101 Courses
  • Quarterly staff updates
  • Annual competencies
  • Unit-specific training

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 10 weeks before working independently.

Introductory staff nurses will spend time on both 5 Sutherland and 5 Henson during orientation, with two weeks of orientation working the opposite shift utilizing the preceptor as a resource only.

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

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