We are located at Children's Mercy Hospital, Hospital Hill, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas
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
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,
Introductory Staff Nurses
We hire introductory staff nurses. Refer to Orientation and Training for details.