Careers

  • Our Work Environment

    When you enter Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, you can’t help but feel the atmosphere. Maybe it’s the bright colors and childlike art and drawings that grace the walls and hallways.

    You will experience a supportive, nurturing practice environment at Cincinnati Children's. Whether you are a new graduate, a nurse returning to the workforce, an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) or a nurse transitioning from adult care to pediatrics, we take special care to address your unique needs as you begin your career with us.

    But mostly, you will experience a positive energy that is inspired by the courage of our pediatric patients.

    What is your passion? Inpatient or outpatient care? Do you prefer to work at our main campus or one of our many outpatient locations? Are you interested in general medical care, working with transplant patients or caring for our smallest patients in the intensive care unit?

  • Nursing at Cincinnati Children's

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    Nursing Career Possibilities

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers a wide variety of opportunities for nurses. Most nursing areas offer full-time and part-time positions.

    Hematology / Oncology

    High Acuity (A5S)
    The practice of Hematology / Oncology nursing encompasses the roles of direct care giver, educator and researcher. Nursing practice on our 24-bed unit along with a newly opened seven-bed unit that serves as an additional hematology / oncology unit is highly specialized, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach with short- and long-term care of patients from infancy through young adulthood with acute and chronic care needs.

    Nursing care is complex, highly skilled and individualized based on specialized services. Care consists of research endeavors, chemotherapeutic and blood product infusions, nutritional support, pain management and palliative care. We are a dynamic team consisting of HUCs, PCAs, Child Life specialists, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, RNs, NPs and physicians dedicated to enhancing and improving patient care delivery and outcomes.

    Interim Placement Unit (B6)
    This is a newly opened seven-bed unit that serves as an additional hematology / oncology, blood and marrow transplant unit.

    Blood and Marrow Transplant (A5N)
    The BMT unit is a 24-bed unit that encompasses a highly complex, specialized, high acuity care environment. Our patients range from infancy to young adult who have an underlying oncologic, immunologic, marrow failure or metabolic disorder requiring a bone marrow transplant. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach to holistically care for our patients and their families as well as a variety of other specialized services (nephrology, cardiology, infectious diseases). Nursing practice is essential in providing high quality of care to a vulnerable, immune-compromised patient population. BMT can offer you the opportunity to enhance your assessment skills, critical thinking skills, complex line management, infusion management (blood products, chemotherapy agents, monoclonal antibodies, antiviral agents, antifungal agents, stem cell infusions), nutritional support, pain control and palliative care. The opportunities are endless. We are cutting edge with our new treatments and therapies that we are offering our patients. We are changing the outcome!

    Hematology / Oncology Clinic (A5C)
    The Hematology / Oncology / BMT Clinic and Day Hospital-Short Stay Unit specialize in the ambulatory care of children with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other disorders of the hematological system, and children who have undergone bone marrow transplants.

    Critical Care
    Heart Institute / Cardiac Intensive Care (B6HI)
    This 15-bed unit serves critically ill newborns, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart disease, cardiothoracic surgery patients and heart transplant patients. A variety of complex therapeutic modalities are utilized in the CICU, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ventricular assist devices, with an interdisciplinary focus on partnering with families to improve outcomes.

    Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    Acute and critically ill infants are admitted to this 59-bed, Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. A highly skilled, interdisciplinary team approach is used to care for critically ill infants who require intensive care services, surgical intervention and diagnostic or therapeutic studies. Some of the highly specialized services provided for critically ill infants include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO),nitrous oxide therapy and alternative ventilator interventions. Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification is provided.

    Pediatric Intensive Care (B5CC)
    This 35-bed highly skilled unit serves a wide variety of critically ill and injured patients, from infants to teenagers. Critical care services are provided for medical and surgical patients in many specialty areas, including transplant, hematology / oncology, gastrointestinal, genital-urinary, pulmonary, neurosurgical, trauma and ENT. A variety of complex therapeutic modalities are utilized in the PICU, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) with an interdisciplinary focus on partnering with families to improve outcomes.

    Complex Airway Unit (B5CA)
    The Complex Airway unit is an 11-bed inpatient unit offering interdisciplinary, family-centered care for infants to young adults. The patient population includes those who have undergone laryngotracheal reconstruction for congenital or acquired airway stenosis or other airway anomalies or injuries. Many of the patients on this unit are high acuity and often have tracheotomies or stents.

    Medical / Surgical

    Gastroenterology / Colorectal Surgery (A4S)
    This 24-bed unit specializes in the care of gastroenterology and colorectal surgery patients of all ages. Some of the common diagnoses include anorectal malformations, Crohn's disease, pancreatitis, eosinophilia and intestinal failure, some of which require surgical intervention and multiple gastrointestinal disease processes. These patients have complex care requirements that include CVC line care, pre-operative and post-operative care, ostomy care and skin care. Registered nurses, patient care assistants, health unit coordinators and other disciplines function as a team to care for this patient population through family-centered care.

    Complex Surgery / Solid Organ Transplant (A4N)
    This 24-bed inpatient unit serves surgical patients from infancy to adulthood with an emphasis on kidney, liver, small bowel and multivisceral transplantation; trauma; bariatric surgery and other complex pediatric surgery. Special services include percutaneous liver biopsies and infusion therapy. The multidisciplinary team on A4N is transforming care at the bedside through family-centered care, shared governance and the use of improvement science.

    Cardiac Stepdown / Ortho / Urology
    This 17-bed intermediate care unit serves newborns through adults with cardiac diseases, patients requiring cardiac telemetry and patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Children who have undergone orthopaedic or urologic surgery are also cared for on this unit. In addition, nurses on this unit staff the two-bed Cath Lab recovery room, located within A6C.

    Pulmonary / Adolescent Medicine (A6N)
    This 24-bed unit specializes in the nursing care of adolescents and young adults with medical and surgical conditions. Services include general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, general pediatrics, pulmonary, allergy, gastroenterology and adolescent medicine. With this wide variety of diagnoses, the nursing care required is highly skilled and individualized according to the teen’s unique growth and development needs.

    Infant / Child School-Age Acute Medical (A6S)
    Nurses on this 24-bed inpatient unit provide direct patient care to patients from birth to age 11 with acute and chronic medical conditions. Some of the diagnoses include common childhood conditions such as pneumonia, meningitis and gastroenteritis.

    Neuroscience (A7N/S)
    A7NS is a 34-bed inpatient unit that serves patients of all ages and specializes in the care of patients with neurological and neurosurgical conditions. Diagnoses treated include seizures, hydrocephalus, shunt malfunctions, spina bifida, brain tumors, tethered cord and some general medical conditions like asthma and bronchiolitis. The unit includes an epilepsy monitoring unit which provides video EEG monitoring to diagnose epilepsy and to determine the best medical or surgical treatment available to patients with epilepsy. Patients have complex care requirements that include in-depth neurological assessments, CVC line care, externalized ventricular drains, various intravenous infusions, pre-operative and post-operative care. A7NS excels in teamwork and providing family-centered care with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team.

    Preoperative Services

    Operating Room / Same Day Surgery / Post Anesthesia Care Unit
    Nurses in these areas provide care for pediatric patients of all ages, from fetal / newborns through young adults. Areas of care include elective, urgent and trauma surgical / invasive procedures for inpatients and outpatients. Services include initial patient assessment and preparation for surgery, operative intervention, postoperative care and patient / family education. More than 140 operative procedures are performed daily. Specialty areas include cardiothoracic, dental, gastrointestinal, general surgery, hematology / oncology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, organ transplantation, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, plastics, podiatry, pulmonary, urology, fetal and colon / rectal.

    (Liberty Campus)
    Operating Room / Same Day Surgery / Post Anesthesia Care Unit
    Nurses in these areas provide care for pediatric patients from 2 months old through young adults. Areas of care include elective and urgent surgical / invasive procedures for outpatients and also for those that require a 23-hour stay. Services include initial patient assessment and preparation for surgery, operative intervention, postoperative care and patient / family education. Specialty areas include dental, gastrointestinal, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, plastics, podiatry, pulmonary, and urology.

    Short Stay Surgical (A3N)
    A3 North is a fast-paced surgical short stay unit with a 22-bed capacity. This unit accommodates surgical patients requiring 4-72 hour stays. Some of the services for which the unit provides care are ENT, general and orthopedic surgery, plastics, urology and many more. Nursing care delivery is focused on the postoperative patient and family by educating and planning for discharge, providing pain management, ensuring airway maintenance, assessing surgical incision / care and preventing complications.

    Psychiatry

    (Burnet Campus - A4C)
    Inpatient Adolescent
    Nurses on this 12-bed, psychiatric unit provide acute psychiatric care for adolescents ages 12 to 17 in a safe, therapeutic environment. Nurses provide structure and support, behavioral management and group activities. In addition, many of these patients have medical nursing needs.

    (College Hill Campus – P2W and P3S)
    Inpatient Child
    Nurses on these nine-bed units provide acute psychiatric care for children ages 3 to 12 in a safe, therapeutic environment. Nurses provide structure and support, behavioral management and group activities.

    (College Hill Campus – P3W and P3N)
    Inpatient Adolescent
    Nurses on these 10-bed units provide acute psychiatric care for adolescents ages 12 to 17 in a safe, therapeutic environment. Nurses provide structure and support, behavioral management and group activities.

    (College Hill Campus – P3SW)
    Inpatient Neuro
    Nurses on this 10-bed, psychiatric unit provide acute psychiatric care for children and adolescents ages 8 to 17 in a safe, therapeutic environment. Nurses provide structure and support, behavioral management and group activities. In addition, these patients generally have a developmental delay (mild, moderate, severe MR) or have a diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder (autism, Asperger's).

    (College Hill Campus)
    P2E, P2S, and P2N)
    Residential treatment nurses provide long-term care for children and adolescents at this facility. The average length of stay is 120 days; however, patients can stay from one month to one year. The focus is on community re-entry.

    • 10-bed unit serving children ages 9 to 13
    • 12-bed unit serving females ages 13 to 18
    • 10-bed unit serving males ages 13 to 18

    (College Hill Campus)
    Partial Hospitalization
    Nurses on this 12 person day program unit provide psychiatric care for children and adolescents ages 8-18 in a safe, therapeutic environment. Nurses provide structure and support, behavioral management and group activities.

    (Burnet Campus and College Hill Campus)
    Psych SRU- PSRU
    Nurses in the PSRU may be floated to any of the programs noted above. These nurses must have strong clinical skills and experience in child and adolescent psychiatry, can demonstrate effective communication and problem solving skills, and are able to work independently with minimal supervision. There is additional incentive pay to accommodate the need to float to a variety of areas.

    (Burnet Campus)
    Emergency Services
    Cincinnati Children's Burnet Campus has one of the busiest pediatric emergency departments in the country. This 44-bed ED averages 240 to 300 patient visits daily. This is an academic campus and provides the wide variety of learning opportunities associated with an academic environment. Children of all ages and severity of illness and injury are cared for including complex trauma patients as the areas only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.

    Liberty Campus
    Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus offers a pediatric ED in a neighborhood center. This 18-bed ED has been open since summer 2008, and has been caring for 60 to 75 patients daily. This is a community hospital model campus that provides opportunities to care for children with emergencies in a nonacademic setting. Children of all ages and severity of illness and injury are seen at this campus, with transfers to Burnet when necessary for specialized care. This campus offers the excitement of building a new ED team to care for children and families with emergencies.

    Urgent Care
    Cincinnati Children's offers urgent care for children in three Cincinnati neighborhoods − Anderson, Mason, and Fairfield. Urgent care is available for children of all ages during evening and weekend hours when pediatrician offices may not be open. The urgent care environment often feels like a cross between a pediatrician office and the emergency room. Many of our urgent care nurses work at more than one site or work part-time hours.

    Specialty Resource Unit
    The Specialty Resource Unit (SRU) at Cincinnati Children's is made up of four teams of nurses. The nurses work in many areas, including surgical short stay, rehabilitation, oncology, neurosurgery and neurology, transplant, NICU, PICU and CICU. New graduates are welcome. There are pay incentives based on clinical competence and scheduling flexibility.

    SRU Days Team
    Following completion of orientation, nurses working with the SRU Days Team have a regular schedule but do not know the location of their work assignment until the start of their shift. Positions on the Days Team are very challenging and require a desire to excel. Our Days Team nurses also have the opportunity to work as a member of the hospital's Level I Trauma Team.

    SRU Months Team
    Nurses working on the SRU Months Team are assigned to clinical areas in advance for a six-week schedule. Generally nurses working on the Months Team have more stability and consistency than the nurses on our Days and Weeks teams. The Months Team also provides an opportunity to work in several clinical areas.

    SRU Radiology Transport Team
    The Radiology Transport Team provides nurse transport off of the unit so that the primary nurse caring for patients can remain on the unit with the remaining patients. Nurses in this team are skilled in all inpatient areas and have critical care backgrounds to respond in any type of emergency. They remain with patients while they are off of the floor.

    SRU Trauma Core Team
    The Trauma Core Team responds to all trauma, med-evaluations and ortho-evaluations in the Trauma Bay and works collaboratively with the Emergency Department Trauma Team. They follow trauma patients from entry into the hospital through the inpatient units for teaching and discharge preparation. They are highly trained in all inpatient and emergency levels of care.

    Home Health Care
    Nurses in Home Health are part of Greater Cincinnati's only full-service home health agency devoted exclusively to children.

    Home Health Agency
    Nurses provide a complete range of specialized infusion therapy, skilled services, and coordination of care for infants, children and adolescents who are referred by Cincinnati Children’s divisions and community pediatric providers. Hematology/oncology, blood and marrow transplant, liver transplant, gastroenterology pulmonary, and medical-surgical disorders are common diagnostic groups served. Nurses engage the patient and family in self management education to ensure a successful transition from hospital to home. The Home Health Agency also has a RSV / Synagis Team in which nurses administer monthly Synagis injections throughout the RSV season, which typically runs from November to March.

    Liaison Recourse Team
    When a patient is referred to Home Care at Cincinnati Children's, a nurse from our Liaison Resource Team will meet with the caregiver and patient to help in the transition of care from the hospital to the patient's home. The nurses on this team assist in discharge planning and coordination of home care services. The nurses also provide education and training to the caregiver and patient on a variety of infusion related therapies.

    Private Duty Nursing
    Nurses provide home care services to the medically fragile pediatric population. This chronic care population includes patients with tracheotomies, mechanical ventilation and enteral or parenteral infusion.

    StarShine Hospice
    Nurses are part of an interdisciplinary team of physician, social worker, chaplain, Child Life and bereavement specialists that serve the medical, psychological, and spiritual care needs of the child and family. The team collaborates with the family to embrace the dignity of every remaining day of the child's life. Nursing care focuses on pain management, comfort and coordination of services.

    (Burnet Campus)
    Clinical Research Center / Diabetes Center (A3S)
    This department is a 12-bed inpatient facility with a 12-exam-room outpatient area as well. Clinical research studies for pediatric and adult patients are conducted. The Cincinnati Children's Diabetes Center specializes in type 1 and type 2 diabetes care (both inpatient and outpatient) for pediatric and adolescent patients and diabetes education (including conducting assessments with nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and nurse educators and based on referral with psychologists). We specialize in various tests and infusions as well in our outpatient setting. We provide endocrine care and education, pediatric medical and surgical inpatient care, diagnostic testing services and sleep center services.

    Dialysis Unit
    Nurses provide acute and chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis services to patients of all ages, from newborns to 21-year-olds. They also provide education to patients and families managing peritoneal dialysis at home and monitor patient / family adaptation to home care.

    Outpatient Department – Base
    The Outpatient Department – Base provides for the healthcare needs of pediatric patients of all ages. Patients with a wide variety of medical and surgical needs are served in the ambulatory clinics. Care is provided to patients with acute, episodic and chronic conditions, with support continuing beyond the clinics utilizing care management, care coordination and phone triage. Patients cared for have a wide variety of cognitive and developmental levels, ranging from normal to severely delayed.

    The Outpatient Department includes 12 treatment centers and the Dialysis Unit. The following clinics are held in the various treatment centers: Aerodigestive and Sleep, Allergy, Bariatric Surgery, Complex Care Center, Dermatology, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, ENT, Family Care, Feeding Team, Genetics, HealthWorks!, Hypertension, Infant High Risk, Infectious Disease, International Adoption, Lead, Neurology, Nephrology, Neuro-Muscular Clinic, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pain Management, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Pulmonary, Rheumatology, Sleep Disorders, Surgery, Urology, Vascular Malformation and Colorectal Surgery.

    Pediatric Rehabilitation (A4C1)
    The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides care for children, adolescents and young adults. We are dedicated to meeting the comprehensive needs of patients with a variety of impairments (spinal cord injury, brain injury, orthopaedic injuries), with activity limitations (activity of daily living, ambulation, cognition) and participation restrictions (school, socialization). By close collaboration with the patient / family, we strive to maximize function to the highest possible level and return the patient and family to home and the community. Nurses also work closely with an interdisciplinary team to provide therapeutic, educational and training services consistent with the individual needs of the patients and families.

    Transitional Care Center (B5E)
    This 18-bed unit provides care for medically fragile children from infancy to young adulthood and their families. The Transitional Care section of the unit serves children with a wide variety of pulmonary / chronic medical conditions that require ventilator or other assistive support. A major focus of the TCC is to be a patient / family advocate and member of the interdisciplinary team that provides services for improved function and education for families to care for children returning to home and the community.

    Transport Team
    Nurses on the Transport Team are responsible for the safe transportation of acutely ill neonatal and pediatric patients to and from Cincinnati Children’s via ambulance or fixed-wing aircraft. They provide critical care intervention and stabilization in the mobile transport environment. Training spans newborn, intensive care, emergency medicine, trauma, transport medicine and flight physiology. Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification is preferred at hire. (Certification is provided by the department and required within six months of hire.) Trauma Nurse Core Course Certification is required.

    (Liberty Campus)
    Observation Unit
    The Observation Unit at our Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus offers a 12-bed medical surgical environment for patients needing a single overnight stay. Children of all ages who require that little bit of extra care overnight after their surgery or who are not quite ready to go home after a visit to the ED at the Liberty Campus are admitted to the Observation Unit. The nursing care is similar to that of an inpatient short-stay unit with lots of opportunity for short term care and teaching. A few nights a week this unit also sees patients for overnight sleep study visits.

    Family-Centered Care

    At Cincinnati Children's you will join a dedicated nursing staff that is committed to providing family-centered care.

    Establishing a partnership with a child's family the patient's primary source of strength and support  allows us to more comprehensively meet the needs of the child.

    We believe parents and family members can enhance the professional staff's technical knowledge, improve care and help us design better programs and friendlier systems. That is why parents are encouraged to be active participants in the development of their child's treatment, pain management plans and discharge planning.


  • Nurses Change the Outcome

    At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, we are changing the outcomes for patients and their families as we pursue our vision to be the leader in improving child health.

    Our nurses are the pulse of our institution. Listen to what it means to them to have chosen a career where they can bring the joy of healthier kids to the world.

    Learn more about how Cincinnati Children's is changing the outcome. Read some of our patient stories.

 
  • Whether you are a new graduate, a nurse returning to the workforce after taking time off, an advanced practice nurse (APN) or a nurse transitioning from adult care to pediatrics, we take special care to address your unique needs as you begin your career with us.
    Whether you are a new graduate, a nurse returning to the workforce after taking time off, an advanced practice nurse (APN) or a nurse transitioning from adult care to pediatrics, we take special care to address your unique needs as you begin your career with us.