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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Monroe Carell Jr.
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2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Our Team


Leadership Team
The PCICU Leadership team is dedicated to giving every child on the fifth floor the best care possible. Our team takes care of staffing, quality care, addressing the needs of families, supervising PCICU workers, supplies, and building communication and collaboration with other units and hospital team members. Leadership team members serve in three roles: management, education, or administrative assistant.

Shift Leaders
PCICU shift leaders have the important role of creating safe and efficient workflows. Our shift leaders plan patient/nurse assignments and manage bed flow in the PCICU. They work alongside other team members to provide exceptional patient care and address the needs of families. Shift leaders are also key members of the Code/STAT team, Rapid Response Team, and the Family Initiated Response System Team. Every shift leader is a licensed registered nurse with experience as a PCICU bedside nurse.

Children in the PCICU have unique physical and pain needs. PCICU registered nurses have specialized training to care for critically ill children with heart problems. Many of their patients are also recovering from cardiac surgery. PCICU nurses have critical roles in addressing changes in a child's condition, communicating with the health care team, and providing appropriate medications and medical treatments. They place a high priority on meeting patients' developmental and emotional needs and ensuring patient and family safety. A visit to cardiac intensive care can be scary. The nursing team is dedicated to helping children and families throughout their time in the unit.

Care Partners
Care partners in the PCICU provide age-appropriate care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Care partners ensure the staff has supplies and equipment to perform patient care. They assist in medical tasks and daily hygiene. They also contribute to a clean and safe environment for patients and families. The team relies on care partners to help with each child's unique need for comfort and play.

Rapid communication within the PCICU team is crucial. Care Partners also help team members connect with each other and with family and friends of patients. They answer phone calls to the unit from families and staff. They also answer the doorbell and verify visitors for the safety of patients. The care partners update the computer systems to help smooth patient transitions between hospital units.

Care partners are essential for setting up equipment used during unit procedures. They also promptly bring equipment and supplies to a patient's bedside during critical situations.

Respiratory Therapists
Pediatric respiratory therapists work within the team to provide ventilator management, airway clearance therapy, oxygen and specialized gas delivery, and aerosol therapies. They also staff a central laboratory in the PCICU for running blood gas analysis. Each of our registered respiratory therapists has advanced life support certifications and at least one year of experience. All team members have received specialized in-house training on decision-making and special equipment specific to the PCICU.

child life specializtChild Life Specialists
Child life specialists explain medical events and hospital routines in plain language to patients and families. They have training to meet the developmental, psychosocial, educational, and emotional needs of patients and families. They work with children one-on-one to help them gain independence and growth through play. They also work with siblings to help them cope with the hospitalization of their brother or sister.

Case Managers
Case managers coordinate your team of health care service providers; including doctors, nurses and therapists. They make sure that your child receives quality and appropriate care that is cost effective. Case managers develop a working relationship with patients and families to perform accurate assessments. Once an assessment is complete and the proper data collected, case management nurses collaborate with physicians and members of the health care team to coordinate and manage all aspects of that patient's care, including arranging referrals.

Social Workers
Our Social workers support families by providing services including information about the medical system, community resources, food, lodging, work or school-related issues, and financial concerns. They listen to understand the needs of each member of the family to offer supportive counseling. There are three social workers in the PCCU, two for cardiology patients and one for medical patients. All hold Master's degrees in Social Work and years of experience working in hospitals.

Guest Service Representatives
Guest services representatives help families and visitors have a stress-free hospital experience. They introduce visitors to the PCICU and help them navigate the hospital. They are here to help you finding local restaurants and accommodations. Guest services representatives can also connect families with a child life specialist, a financial counselor, the Safety Store, a social worker, the Family Resource Center, or a nurse.


Last Edited: April 5, 2017
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