Cardiac Nursing

Cardiac Nurse with Patient Pediatric cardiac nurses in the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offer 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 and 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

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Nursing, was re-designated as a Magnet institution in January 2014. CHOP was initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2004 and re-designated as a Magnet institution in 2008. 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.

Cardiac nursing research

Evidence-based practice and nursing research is an important part of our cardiac nursing practice. We have a dedicated Cardiac Center Nursing Research Committee, which identifies research opportunities from bedside care, and  nurses in all roles are engaged in inquiry, discovery and innovation to help improve the quality of our services for cardiac patients.