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Nursing Opportunities Pediatric ICU (2 Sutherland)
Nursing Opportunities Pediatric ICU (2 Sutherland)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children's Mercy Kansas City provides comprehensive, family-centered care to acutely ill medical and surgical patients who require specialized nursing care.

Patients admitted to the PICU require invasive procedures and treatments such as:

  • Arterial sticks
  • ECMO
  • Continuous infusions, e.g., insulin, thrombolytics, vasoactive medications
  • Cardioversion
  • Defibrillation
  • External/transthoracic pacing
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)
  • Mechanical ventilation, including High Frequency Oscillator Ventilation
  • ICP monitoring
  • Care and pressure monitoring of arterial lines and central venous lines

Common diagnoses include:

  • Congenital pre- and post-operative heart defects
  • Endocrine disturbances, e.g., DKA
  • Trauma
  • Pre- and post-transplant, e.g., renal, bone marrow and liver
  • Respiratory failure/distress
  • Neurological disturbances, e.g., closed head injury, seizure disorders

We are a 41-bed unit with 21 single-patient rooms and three, two-patient rooms, including:

  • Patient rooms equipped with hepafilters.
  • Each bed space has overhead exam lights with a dimmer switch, two warming lights and two fluorescent lights for individual illumination.
  • Each bed space has three vacuum outlets, two air outlets and three oxygen outlets.
  • 24 electrical outlets are available to each bed space.
  • The unit has bedside cardio-respiratory monitoring, O2 sat monitoring and EtCO2 monitoring, as well as four-channel pressuring monitoring capability at all bed spaces.
  • There are patient call buttons and code blue buttons at each bedside.

Additional features of the unit include:

  • Nursing care provided by an all RN staff
  • Three central nurses' stations
  • Medication rooms, formula storage areas, kitchens, equipment rooms and supply areas
  • Patient playroom, a counseling room, two conference rooms and a laundry room located on the unit

Parents may visit 24 hours/day.

Patients range in age from neonate to 18 years.

We work with a team of pediatric intensivists (ICU physicians) and resident physicians, who are in hospital 24/7.

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