Pediatrics


One of the remarkable things about Pediatric nursing is that you can’t help but quickly establish a relationship with your patients.

Hear Her Story CLARISSA MSN, RN, CCRN,
PEDIATRIC CARDIAC ICU

The hospital provides pediatric care at two major sites: NewYork-Presbyterian
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Komansky Center for Children's Health. For nine years running, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks in more pediatric specialties than any other New York metro area hospital in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals." NewYork-Presbyterian ranks among the top in the nation for children's care in every specialty evaluated in the U.S. News survey: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

As a Pediatric nurse, you’ll experience incredible rewards. Every day, we see so much bravery and resilience in our patients. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the pediatric oncology, hematology, bone marrow transplant and other high-intensity units. Hospital-wide, we provide quality care to patients with all types of conditions. Care may range from simple overnight procedures to complicated surgeries with long recovery periods. Many of our patients require a combination of multiple services. Collaboration and coordination between services is all in a day’s work.

Our commitment to outstanding neonatal care has a long history at NewYork-Presbyterian. The APGAR score, devised by Dr. Virginia Apgar (an anesthesiologist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1952), has become the standard by which all newborns worldwide are assessed immediately after childbirth.

Family Rounding
Our interdisciplinary rounds are open to the family. This approach to rounding underscores our commitment to family-centered care and recognizes the role the family plays—both at home and in the hospital. We have a mixture of acute and chronic patients. We strongly focus on individualized plans of care.

Where We Work:

We host a child-friendly Pediatric Room in our ED. Children who require intensive evaluation or hospital admission are transferred to the pediatric emergency room at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, with which we maintain an intensive collaborative relationship. In addition we have a Level II Nursery, an OB/GYN and a Mother/Baby facility. We also house two dedicated C-Section rooms.


NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is dedicated to creating a warm, welcoming and family-centered care environment. But how do we make this hospital an Amazing place for the children in our care?

An “Idol”ized Hospital
For starters: contestants from American Idol perform for our patients. Eliminated contestants are regularly invited to sing live at our Wintergarden performance space! How many hospitals in the nation can make that claim? The smiles and excitement we see in our pediatric patients as they watch these performances demonstrate that we’ve created an exceptional place to heal.

Family Focus
We involve families in the healing process—recognizing that when a child is sick, the whole family is affected. We’ve instituted Family-Centered Rounds to involve families in the daily care process. We have a Family Advisory Council, where a group of 30 parents, hospital staff and faculty work together as equal partners to make the hospital a better place for children and families. We’ve also created a “Comfort Cart” with soothing items to provide comfort to parents facing end-of-life situations. Clinically, we are especially known for our expertise in pediatric heart surgery and heart transplants. Our team is committed to providing outstanding and compassionate care to each and every one of our pediatric patients. At the same time, we’re dedicated to responding to the needs of parents and family members.

Multidisciplinary Excellence
Our Division of Pediatric Neurology has a long and distinguished history of caring for children affected by disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. We offer particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, rare and more common metabolic and genetic diseases, developmental disorders and neuromuscular conditions. Although our comprehensive evaluation includes the latest testing modalities, our focus is on the child and the family.


Each year, children from throughout the US and abroad are brought to the Phyllis & David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Our inpatient units include general pediatrics, pediatric and a neonatal ICU. Through our many ambulatory and outreach services, our nurses partner with our physician colleagues to focus on improving the health and quality of life of children in our communities. Along with providing excellent general pediatric care, nurses and other team members of the pediatric program work diligently to meet the individualized needs of our young patients.

  • Specialty Programs Include:
  • Child Life Services: Providing practical and emotional support to help children and families cope with the stress of hospitalization and procedures encountered during their visit. Offerings include Pre-Operative Preparation programs, Pain Management and Coping Techniques.
  • Teen Weight-Management Program: A weekly, interactive, eight-session nutritional and behavioral wellness program for teens wanting to achieve healthier weight. Consists of small peer group classes instructed by our dynamic multidisciplinary team of a registered dietitian, a psychologist, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a physical therapist.
  • Pediatric Support Team: Formed to provide additional support for patients with chronic, life-limiting, or terminal illnesses, their families, and the staff members caring for them. Composed of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and chaplains.

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Prerequisites for Pediatric

  • Clinical Nurses:
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, preferred

  • Nurse Leaders:
  • Master’s in Nursing or related field required
  • Certification in Pediatric Nurse (CPN) highly recommended

Innovations
For the past several years, our pediatric oncology nurses have presented at national conferences and won several prestigious nursing awards. One best practice we’ve implemented quite successfully is our Throughput Initiative. Physicians, social work directors and patient care directors started a pilot to have daily meetings to improve the communication and planning among the different disciplines, to ensure a timely and safe discharge for patients.

Unique Points of Interest:

To serve the unique needs of pediatric patients, our delivery system follows several unique patient care models, including Patient-Centered Care and Family-Centered Care. We share a fundamental belief: that it’s a privilege to take part in children’s lives at a time when they are most in need.


In pediatric oncology, our work includes daily teaching sessions led by clinical nurse specialists with Certification in Pediatric Oncology Nursing (CPON). All nurses are certified in chemotherapy administration. As part of an immersive orientation, new nurses participate in transition and focus groups. Additionally, a unit-based bereavement support group (led by the CNS) supports all teams.


Facilitated by the nursing team at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, the Circle of Possibilities gives parents of pediatric patients a chance to interact with nurses in an informal setting. Parents talk to the group or meet other families in similar circumstances.

This idea came from one of our nurses, who often heard how isolated families felt in their hospital rooms. Instead of a support group, we offer a venue for education, entertainment and respite away from the bedside. If a parent doesn’t feel comfortable leaving his or her child, we provide a volunteer to supervise. This gives the parents/families time to recharge and regroup. We raffle goodies and provide snacks and refreshments.

Held monthly for two hours, the entire nursing team is represented in the meeting—RNs, Patient Care Support Staff and the PCD. Sometimes our doctors join in to have a bonding moment with their patient’s family or parent. The Circle of Possibilities has been in place now for two years. Families love it!


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