A large number of students currently enrolled in a Utah-based nursing program will complete a pediatric rotation at Primary Children’s Hospital. Approximately 60 percent of the placements made at Primary Children's Hospital are nursing students. If you are interested in pediatric nursing, now is a great time to start considering Primary Children’s Hospital for your capstone experience. Below is a list of nursing units, along with a brief description of each:
  • Nursing Units (C-I)

    Central Staffing Resource Unit (CSRU)
    The Central Resource Staffing Unit staff float to most units throughout the hospital. CSRU is a great unit for the student who is interested in a broad range of experience. Float pool staff have a wide variety of skills, which enables them to care for patients from IMSU to PICU or ED. Many of these nurses also have the opportunity to obtain advanced skills in units like the PICU and ICS.  CSRU nurses have strong clinical and critical thinking skills, as well as be highly adaptable as they must be competent in all nursing skills that are used on each of the inpatient units. 
    Children's Medical Unit (CMU)
    The Children's Medical Unit (CMU) is a 32-bed unit specializing in the care of children from two to eighteen years of age. The unit cares for a wide variety of diagnoses including renal and gastrointestinal diseases, metabolic disorders, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, respiratory, behavioral health, and all kinds of infectious disease. CMU's Cystic Fibrosis Program has received national recognition. In addition, the unit's program for newly diagnosed diabetes is the only one in the Intermountain area to receive funding for inpatient diabetic teaching.
    Children's Surgical Unit (CSU)
    The Children's Surgical Unit is a 37-bed inpatient unit. The CSU gets all kinds of surgical patients: cardiothoracic, general surgery, orthopedics, plastic, ENT, urology, etc. In addition, the unit also gets cardiology patients. The general surgery patients include appendectomy, total or partial bowel resections, mass resections, nissen fundoplication with or without GT placements along with many unexpected injury repairs.  ENT and plastic surgeries include cleft lip and palate repair, ear reconstructions, T & A's, trach revisions and skin grafts. The cardiology patients range from premature newborns to adults with congenital heart defects. The unit also has many patients with arrhythmias on telemetry. It is only unit outside of the ICUs that provides telemetry monitoring. The newest population of patients coming to the CSU are home trach-vent patients coming in for respiratory issues or surgical issues. 
    Diabetes Clinic
    Primary Children's Diabetes Clinic is a program focused on the continued medical care and education for pediatric patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. The interdisciplinary team includes pediatric endocrinologists, nurse educators, dietitian educators, and a social worker. The team conducts follow0up visits and offer several classes for ongoing education for patients and their families; they also offer individual patient education and insulin pump starts. The clinic works closely with the inpatient unit to follow up new onset diagnosis education as well.
    Emergency Department
    The Emergency Department is the only Level One Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, as well as a regional referral center.  Many of the ED patients are referred from other facilities for specialized pediatric care such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, or trauma.  The department sees about 41,000 patents per year.
    Immunocompromised Unit (ICS)
    The Immuno-compromised Service Line (ICS) inpatient unit cares for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, hematological diseases, patient’s undergoing or who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplants, and patients who have received liver or renal transplants. Its focus is on cure, comfort and making healing connections with patient’s and families. Assessment skills, critical thinking and teaching skills are important components of working with this population. A broad understanding of developmental needs is also important as the unit cares for all ages from newborns to patient’s in their 20s. The staff welcomes students, including capstones, who have a desire to work with this population.
    Infant Medical Surgical Unit (IMSU)
    The Infant Medical-Surgical Unit (IMSU) is a 46-bed unit specializing in the care of children from birth to two years of age. The unit sees a wide variety of diagnoses, including general and plastic surgery, urology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, genetics, pulmonary, trauma, and general medical patients such as rule out sepsis, failure to thrive, bronchiolitis/RSV, and dehydration.
  • Nursing Units (N-S)

    Neuro Trauma Unit (NTU)
    Its high-acuity, 28 bed unit admits children with neurosurgical, and neurological diagnoses, including brain tumors, hydrocephalus and seizures. It also treat children who have sustained trauma related injuries. Because of the specialized patient population, its staff develops comprehensive assessment, critical thinking skills, and educational techniques. Students will work with a multi-disciplinary team, learning family-centered care.
    Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    The NICU is a 50-bed intensive care unit, specializing in the care of any neonate, up to one month past term gestation, with conditions requiring specialized neonatal intensive care. Such conditions may include prematurity, lung disease; infectious diseases; GI/GU; cardiac, metabolic, neurologic, genetic disorders requiring observation, diagnosis, treatment and/or surgery; and infants requiring specialized therapies (high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide, ECMO, etc.).
    Operating Room (OR)
    The Operating Room has 12 surgical suites that perform both high acuity inpatient procedures, including cardiovascular, neurosurgery, trauma, and transplant cases, in addition to same-day surgical procedures. The team has a large volume of cases and serves as a surgical referral site for a number of surrounding states. Many of its surgeons are world renowned in their specialties and welcome the opportunity to teach.
    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
    The PICU is a 32-bed unit with its patients ranging in age from newborns to adults. It cares for a wide variety of patients, with differing diagnoses such as cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, transplants, traumas, respiratory failure and metabolic conditions. Any child who needs intensive monitoring or care will come to this unit. It is run by a staff of physicians who have specialized in pediatric intensive care, and the nursing staff receives specialized training as well.
    Rapid Treatment Unit (RTU)
    Rapid Treatment Unit (RTU) is a 240hour short-stay unit with 18 beds. Receives about 50 percent of its admissions from the Emergency Department. It also admits patients from specialty MDs for IV infusions, complicated dressing changes, or specialized procedures. RTU Anesthesia Service is operated during the day. This service schedules children for general anesthesia to have short procedures done (bone marrow biopsy, lumbar punctures, etc). The unit shares nursing leadership with ED.
    Same-day Surgery/Post-anesthesia Unit (PACU)

    Same-day Surgery/ Post-anesthesia Unit (PACU) is a fast-paced unit that serves patients who require outpatient procedures, post-surgical 23-hour observation or admission to a hospital unit following surgery. Due to the diversity of our physician specialists, it cares for pediatric patients of all ages before and after a wide variety of invasive procedures.

    The Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Same Day Surgery Provides:

    • An opportunity to synthesize the complex effects of surgery on previously well and ill patients.
    • An understanding of immediate post-operative effects, potential complications, pain management strategies, and life support measures.
    • An opportunity to face some of the more common stresses in nursing.
    • An opportunity to learn cognitive skills, including rapid assessment, decision-making, and prioritization of care.
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