Cardiac Center

Pediatric Cardiac Nursing

Pediatric cardiac nursing in the Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is recognized for setting the national standard for excellence in the specialized nursing care of infants, children and adults with cardiac and congenital heart disease. Our nurses are passionate about their work, and their influence extends beyond the hospital to community initiatives and outreach. Pediatric cardiac nurses are highly invested in their role as patient and family educators.

There are more than 250 specially trained pediatric cardiac nurses in the Children's Hospital Cardiac Center.

The pediatric cardiac nursing team has more than 30 nurses with advanced degrees, including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse educators and master’s degree-prepared staff nurses. Pediatric cardiac nurses and nurse practitioners practice within a collaborative interdisciplinary model with physicians, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, social workers and other disciplines.

Magnet institution

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Nursing, was re-designated as a Magnet institution in November, 2008. It was initially awarded Magnet status in February 2004. Only 2 to 3 percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved this coveted status. Children's Hospital was the first pediatric hospital in Pennsylvania to receive Magnet status.

Learn more about what it means to be a Magnet institution.

Pediatric cardiac nurses orientation

For new and experienced nurses who join the team, the Cardiac Center provides a comprehensive orientation program, based on level of expertise, which generally lasts 20 to 28 weeks and includes eight to 12 weeks of support from a designated clinical resource nurse. Orientation also includes 25 days of didactic learning in the first 24 months.

Cardiac nursing research

Evidence-based practice and nursing research is an important part of cardiac nursing practice. Pediatric cardiac nurses in all roles are engaged in inquiry, discovery and innovation. Support for cardiac nursing research is provided by a designated nurse researcher for experienced and novice cardiac nurses.

The Cardiac Center Nursing Research Committee is identifying research questions from bedside practice. One example is: How can our current post-operative pain management practices be improved? Through nursing research, advanced practice nurses in the CHOP Cardiac Center are currently evaluating the effectiveness of our services to other cardiac centers caring for complex, fragile cardiac patients.

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