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Unit 44 Pediatrics

Description of Unit

44 Pediatrics is a fast-paced, dynamic pediatric unit, committed to teamwork and achieving excellent patient outcomes.  The nursing staff is committed to providing family centered, age appropriate, and innovative patient care.  Our core belief is to provide excellent care in an environment that supports the patient & family.

Description of Patient Populations

44 Pediatrics is a general acute care surgical unit specialized in providing nursing care to pediatric patients recovering from surgery or trauma.  Patients admitted to the unit represent several surgical and sub-specialty pediatric services, including Pediatric Surgery with Trauma and Burns, Neurosurgery, Congenital Heart Surgery, Urology, Orthopedics, Cardiology, and Neurology.  Children admitted to the unit range in age from newborn to young adult.  The unit also admits patients who require telemetry or seizure monitoring.  The average daily census of the unit is 21 patients per day with an average length stay of 1.8 days.

Nursing Staff

Staff are active in leading unit initiatives that influence patient safety, quality and outcomes.  Quality improvement projects lead by the staff include: 1) Evidence-based practice to improve pain & comfort management in children; 2) Comfort positioning to reduce anxiety & discomfort during commonly performed nurse driven procedures; 3) Early recognition of clinical deterioration to reduce morbidity & mortality and 4) Nurse driven burn care management.

The nursing staff is committed to providing family centered, age appropriate and innovative patient care through the assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment, evaluation and education of pediatric patients from admission towards discharge.  Nurse/patient ratios average 1:4, and as the Charge Nurse provides staff and patient support, they do not take a patient assignment.

Our 10 week, competency-based unit orientation program prepares the nursing staff to be successful in providing nursing care to acutely ill children.  Upon completing unit orientation, additional educational and professional development opportunities are available to meet individual professional goals and unit performance improvement initiatives.

The nursing management structure for the unit consists of a Nurse Manager and Clinical Leader, who through training and education, maintain staff competency according to unit specific patient populations and role specific job descriptions.

Health Care Team

A board certified pediatrician, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine at the University of Florida is the medical director for the unit.  The medical team is comprised of an Attending, Fellow, Chief Resident, Resident/Intern Physicians, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner and medical students. In addition to the nursing and medical staffs, our multi-disciplinary team includes a Licensed Social Worker, Child Life Specialist, Case Manager, Respiratory, Physical and Occupational therapists, Pharmacist and Dietitian.

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