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Nursing at Geisinger Medical Center

Pediatric Nursing

Pediatric Nurse and patient

Pediatric nurses provide the comprehensive care needed to children and adolescents, as well as their families.

Physical and mental disabilities as well as acute or chronic illnesses or injuries are managed by nurses doing continual assessments as well as using a specialized pain assessment tool to help manage their comfort and safety.

Education is key to help patients and families understand treatment and the importance of after hospital care.

PICU, Inpatient

  • Number of beds: 12
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:1 or 2
  • Type of patients: critically ill children
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, nursing aides, unit desk clerks, and a clinical nurse educator 
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts, 12-hour shifts, 8 and 12-hour shifts, permanent weekends
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, Professional Practice Council, Nursing Retention, Communication Committee and Shared Governing Council

Operations Manager: Kim Duffy, RN, BSN, CPN

Children's Hospital 2, Inpatient 

  • Number of beds: 18
  • Nurse to Patient Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4
  • Type of Patients: Pediatrics, TS, peds surgery, orthopaedics, ENT, pediatric GI, pediatric ID, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric cardiology, pediatric endo, plastic surgery, urology, and pediatric cardiovascular thoracic surgery (CVTS).  
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, nurses aides, unit desk clerks, and a clinical nurse educator  
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts, 8 and 12-hour shifts, permanent weekends
  • Programs/councils: Unit Advisory Council, Scheduling Committee, Secret Pal, Parent, "Help Us Walk In Your Shoes", Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, Professional Practice Council, Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Career Enhancement Program, Family Centered Rounds, and Unit-based Mentor Program

Operations Manager: Kim Duffy, RN, BSN, CPN

Children's Hospital 3, Inpatient 

  • Number of beds: 18
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:3 or 1:4
  • Type of patients: adolescent, pediatric hematology-oncology, pediatric GI, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric cardio vascular thoracic surgery(CVTS), ENT, orthopaedics, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, pediatric endo, urology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric ID
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, nurses aides, unit desk clerks, and a clinical nurse educator 
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts, 8 and 12-hour shifts, permanent weekends     
  • Programs/councils: Unit Advisory Council, "Help Us Walk In Your Shoes", Family Centered Rounds, Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, Professional Practice Council, Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Scheduling Committee, Career Enhancement Program, Unit-based Mentor Program

Operations Manager: Kim Duffy, RN, BSN, CPN

Pediatric Specialties Outpatient Clinic, Foss 3/ Foss 6

  • Services offered: pediatric/adult allergy, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric cardiology, pediatric infectious disease, pediatric GI, pediatric endocrinology, general pediatrics, pediatric genetics, pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, adolescent medicine, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric neurodevelopment
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, technicians, and a nurse specialist
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts
  • Programs/council: Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council and Professional Practice Council

General Pediatric Outpatient Clinic,  Knapper Clinic 1

  • Number of visits: 19,858 last fiscal year
  • Services offered: treatment and care of pediatric patients between the ages of birth and 20+ years. Conditions and diagnosis most frequently seen: well child assessment, otitis media, strep throat, pharyngitis, RAD, upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, febrile illness, constipation, abdominal pain, rheumatology services.
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, and technicians
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts with various start times, 10-hour shifts. The clinic works evenings Monday through Friday until 9pm and weekends Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday 10am-2pm
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, Pediatric Outpatient Safety, Linen Committee

Pediatric Neurology Outpatient Clinic, Dickey 2

  • Services offered: consultative care and treatment of patients birth through 18+ with neurosurgical needs. The conditions and diagnosis can include: autism, brain tumors, anomalies of CNS, CP, mental retardation, muscular dystrophy, ADHD and tourette's syndrome.
  • Clinical make-up: RN clinic coordinator, and LPNs
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council