Pediatric Emergency Department

The Pediatric Emergency Department offers nurses the unique opportunity to care for a variety of patients ranging from neonates to adulthood.

Our nurses must possess a love for children and their families.

As we provide care to children from Alabama to Kentucky, and all over Tennessee, a passion for learning and evidenced based practice is essential to providing the best care possible in one of the four CRPC’s (Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Centers) in the state.


Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds             Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
 Neonatal to Adults
in a 150-mile radius
 35 - with ability
to expand to 60
  • BLS certification
  • ACLS certification
  • PALS certification
  • TNCC or ENPC
  • NRP certification

About Us:

The Pediatric Emergency Department of is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center with Level 1 trauma capabilities.  We specialize in care ranging from minor emergencies to life threatening conditions.  We have to be prepared for all types of emergencies in any age child that comes into our doors, including infants, children, teens, and young adults.

Family centered care is the philosophy and foundation of our health care delivery and practice.  Parents or legal guardians are involved in the entire process of care; triage, medical screening, treatment, and discharge planning.  Nurses, physicians, child life specialists, medical receptionists, care partners, transporters, and other members of the multidisciplinary team work together to support the physical and emotional needs of the child's family.

A typical shift for our nurses is ever changing and fast-paced while providing opportunities for career growth.  The teamwork here is incredible.  It’s a challenging environment to work in, but our nurses embrace it and love to come to work.

We are one of four CRPC’s (Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Centers) in the state.  As a CRPC center, we have transfer and educational agreements with other institutions across Tennessee.  We serve 50 hospitals and over 70 Emergency Medical System agencies in the region, providing educational and clinical expertise.  Because of our specialty services and clinics, we take care of children from Alabama to Kentucky, and all over Tennessee.

Our Level I Trauma Center -- the only one within 150 miles -- provides the highest level of care to pediatric trauma patients.  Our specialists, including surgeons, emergency medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, radiologists and nurse practitioners, are available 24 hours a day.  Our teams of experts mobilize rapidly once alerted that a child victim of trauma is en route to the emergency department.  With the availability of the rooftop helipad for medical transport helicopters, the Emergency Department often serves as the gateway for acutely ill or injured children to access Children's Hospital.

We see approximately 53,000 patients per year.  With 35 patient-care areas and 2 trauma bays, we have the capacity to quickly see children. Whether a child is facing one of childhood's routine mishaps or something far more serious, our goal is to provide the region's best emergency care as quickly as possible.  Our specialists, including surgeons, emergency medicine specialists, anesthesiologists and radiologists are available 24 hours a day.  In the US, trauma centers are ranked by the (ACS), from Level I (comprehensive service) to Level III (limited-care).  The different levels refer to the kinds of resources available in a trauma center and the number of patients admitted yearly.  As a Level I Trauma Center we provide the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients and care for the region's most complex medical conditions.

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Recruitment Information:


Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to this unit, please visit Work at Vanderbilt: Achieve the Remarkable for current open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the Pediatric Emergency                                Department:
                 CRPC, Pediatric Emergency, Pediatric Nursing, Pediatric Care Partner, Pediatric Trauma
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Emergency Nursing Track in the Nurse Residency Program.
If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.


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