Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Clinical Support

Float pool

The Float Pool is made up of experienced registered nurses and care partners with a vast array of pediatric experience. We provide staffing support to many areas of nursing at Children's Hospital. The Float Pool possesses a unique ability to provide high quality care to our patients and families in a variety of settings. Our goal is to serve the various nursing departments in Children's Hospital.

We have three separate tiers for Float Pool RN's:

  • Tier One RN's float to all acute care, and overflow areas of the hospital.
  • Tier Two RN's float to all acute and critical care areas of the hospital.
  • Tier Three RN's float to all acute care areas and two additional critical care or specialty areas.

In addition to our staff nurses, we have champ nurses who work four hour blocks of time. They help staff cover lunch or breaks, transport patients, assist with procedures, etc. Our care partners float to all areas of the hospital. Most are cross-trained as medical receptionists and can cover either job. In addition to their regular duties, our care partners maintain a competency to perform EKG's after hours and cover this function.

Wound Ostomy Nurse

A Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse (WOCN) provides teaching for patients and families in areas of disease process, techniques in pouching ostomies, wounds, skin care and continence. Our WOCN acts as a resource for nurses and other hospital staff concerning wounds, ostomies, and bowel and urinary continence as well as pressure ulcer prevention in our pediatric population.

She provides direct patient care and consultation to patients with stomas including pre-op and post-op ostomy care and teaching and pouching product selection. As the WOCN, she identifies patients at risk for pressure ulcer development and implements prevention guidelines. She also educates staff, patients and families in pressure ulcer prevention and/or treatment.

For more information, contact: Shannon Lynch, BSN, RN

Respiratory Care Services

Respiratory therapists are health care professionals who are committed to promoting and maintaining respiratory health. They care for everyone from premature infants to the elderly. They help people breathe who need help and, using highly technical equipment, breathe for those who cannot breathe on their own.

Respiratory therapists also help to diagnose and treat respiratory illness. Through medication delivery and many other therapies, respiratory therapists help those with respiratory illness heal.

Learn more about Respiratory Care Services.


Last Edited: June 16, 2016
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