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Nursing units

Children’s Mercy offers nursing positions in all inpatient units. Learn more about how each unit, at both our Adele and Kansas hospitals, provide unique patient experiences focused on a range of specialties.

We have 18 operating rooms and two cath lab rooms at the Adele Hall campus, and 4 rooms at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas. Inpatients and outpatients are cared for at each facility, but higher acuity patients are treated at Adele Hall. Procedures range from ear tubes, to complex congenital cardiac anomalies, to solid organ transplantation, to video assisted minimally invasive operations. 

Same Day Surgery (SDS)

The Children’s Mercy Same Day Surgery department is where patients are admitted pre-operatively to prepare for their surgical procedure. No general anesthetics are utilized and no surgical procedures are performed in Same Day Surgery. Each child receives a physical assessment, including vital signs, and pre-operative teaching is completed. Before being transported to the operating room, all patients and families visit with an anesthesia provider and surgical staff to ensure all questions have been answered.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) (Phase I Recovery)

The Children’s Mercy Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is for patients who have had surgical procedures, usually under general anesthesia. The PACU Nursing Staff monitors vital signs, respiratory status, level of consciousness, pain, nausea/vomiting, and surgical site post-operatively. We work closely with Anesthesia and the Surgeon for pain and comfort management. We aim to resolve all patient care needs during every phase of post-anesthesia care. Once a patient has met standard criterion, they transfer to Phase II and are dismissed the same day or transfer to an inpatient unit for further observation

Operating Room (Perioperative)

We have 18 operating rooms and two cath lab rooms at the Adele Hall campus, and 4 rooms at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas. Inpatients and outpatients are cared for at each facility, but higher acuity patients are treated at Adele Hall. Procedures range from ear tubes, to complex congenital cardiac anomalies, to solid organ transplantation, to video assisted minimally invasive operations. Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to help kids heal more quickly. This results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and reduced risk of complications and scarring after the surgery. Our surgical care is designed to manage routine to highly complex illnesses and we have experts in every pediatric specialty ready to go at all times to provide comprehensive care for kids.

The NICU is a regional referral center providing Level IV infant care — the highest level of neonatal care. Every day, our team cares for up to 84 fragile newborns from the Kansas City area and beyond. Our team includes 300 nurses, 65 neonatal nurse practitioners (who also support other local NICUs), along with specialized equipment to care for our tiniest patients.

In October 2021, our PICU separated into two specialized ICUs: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). Our mission in the ICU is to provide healing, comfort and support to our patients and their families in times of critical care. Separating our ICUs has provided our patients with the highly specialized care and dedicated team they deserve at Children’s Mercy. Our PICU has 41 beds, and CICU has 24 beds. Our nursing staff can cross-train for both units.

Adele Hall Emergency Department (ED)

Children’s Mercy has the only Level I pediatric trauma center in the region – our Adele Hall campus ED has 39 beds, with staffing support from 150 nurses and technicians, 40 APRNs, and over 40 physicians. We treat over 65,000 patients per year. Our 39 exam rooms include 4 trauma rooms; 3 orthopedic rooms; 3 major medical rooms; 4 triage rooms; and a Nurse Practitioner-led minor care area with 10 beds and a separate waiting room for those patients. We have a family room and private waiting room to offer privacy to families at difficult times. We have three zones (Red, Yellow, and Green) and nurses are scheduled in 4-hour blocks, typically rotating to zones once or twice in their shift.

Kansas Emergency Department (ED)

Our ED staff at Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas treat all severity levels of injury and illness, with an annual census of approximately 40,000 per year. Our 28 exam rooms include 2 treatment rooms; 1 orthopedic room; 4 observation rooms; 1 gynecology room; 6 negative pressure rooms; 1 negative pressure room with ante room; and 13 patient exam rooms. We have a family respite room with a coffee maker, water/ice machine, snacks, and a phone charging station, as well as consult rooms for privacy, and access to Radiology, CT, Ultrasound and Laboratory services.

4 Henson is a 38-bed, medical-surgical unit that cares for patients within hematology, oncology, and blood and marrow transplantation specialties. Our unit contains HEPA filters, allowing immunocompromised patients the freedom to leave their room and visit the play room and teen room, and to particulate in child-life activities that are vital to the patient’s psychosocial and physical health. We also have a parent room on each unit with a kitchen, living room, computer access, and laundry facilities. We work with our team of hematology and oncology attending physicians, hospitalists, residents, and APRNs and PAs.

We are supported by the Hematology/Oncology clinic, with an infusion room to provide after-hours and weekend-clinic visits. Common procedures and treatments include lumbar punctures with and without intrathecal therapy; bone marrow aspirations/biopsies; conscious sedation; thawing and infusion of stem cells; exchange transfusions; chemotherapy administration; and blood product administration.

4 Sutherland is a 23-bed, medical-surgical unit that is passionate about the care of cardiac patients. We collaborate with the Blue Team, CHAMP, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Electrophysiology; CICU and Cardiovascular Surgery to manage primary diagnoses including congenital heart defects; heart failure and transplant; and heart rhythm abnormalities. Additional diagnoses include post-op cardiac surgery; cardiology/arrhythmias; gastroenteritis/dehydration; failure to thrive; apparent or life-threatening event; and gastro-esophageal reflux.

4 West is a 20-bed, medical-surgical unit which provides care for general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, urology, trauma, burn, and ENT patients. We have a treatment room; 4 specialty burn patient rooms; and a playroom, and we are supported by attending, fellow and resident surgeons, surgery team APRNs, as well as medical team physicians when medical patients overflow into our unit. Common diagnoses include appendectomy; shunt malfunction; cleft lip/palate repair; pectus repair; fundoplication; pyloric stenosis; VP shunt placement; trauma; and burn.

5 Henson-Hall is a 28-bed, medical-surgical unit that specializes in orthopedics. Common diagnoses include all ortho; cystic fibrosis; spine surgeries and deformities; clubfoot; spina bifida; cerebral palsy; limb length discrepancy; Blount’s; developmental and congenital hip disorders; neuromuscular disorders; hand anomalies; trauma-related injuries; and joint infections.

5 Sutherland is a 20-bed, medical-surgical unit that cares for patients with renal failure and transplant, rehabilitation and liver failure and transplant specialties. Primary diagnostic groups include renal; rehabilitation; and liver and intestinal failure and transplant (LIFT). Procedures and treatments performed include peritoneal dialysis monitoring; PICC placement by vascular access; and inpatient rehabilitation therapies.

6 Henson is a 25-bed, medical-surgical unit that cares for patients within the Endocrinology, Pulmonology and Neurology/seizure patient specialties. We have a medication room at each station, as well as two clean utility rooms, two nutrition rooms, and two soiled utility rooms. We also have a playroom and treatment room for patients to use as well.

6 Hall is a 16-bed, medical-surgical unit that specializes in infectious diseases, and common diagnoses include RSV; influenza; gastroenteritis; febrile illness; and asthma exacerbation.