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Pediatric Emergency Department (Peds ED), 1st Floor Children's Hospital

Corrie BerryHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Corrie Berry, BSN, RN, MMHC, CPEN, manager of the Pediatric Emergency Department, also known as the Peds ED.  We are located on the first floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The environment on our unit is fast-paced, team-oriented, and flexible to accommodate the needs of our patients and families.

We care for pediatric patients ranging in age from newborns to 18 years old and even older who are being treated for all types of injuries and illnesses. We also respond to emergencies within our hospital. Care is provided for the entire spectrum of patient acuities from non-emergent care to Level 1 Trauma care.  Our patients are unique because of their emergent and diverse needs—we never know who is going to come through our doors!

One of the perks of working on my unit is the opportunity to work in a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department.  We have the privilege of interacting with people at a time in their life when they need our help. The chance to offer hope and healing is a beautiful thing.

Our nurses are successful because they have vast knowledge, critical thinking skills, a great support system, and multiple opportunities for professional growth and development. There are many opportunities to be involved, and our staff are encouraged to grow their knowledge and skill set.

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing a tailored unit-specific orientation with dedicated preceptors.  We provide a robust orientation based on the unique needs of the staff member.  

Our unit is in the Pediatric Critical Care track of the Nurse Residency Program.

We encourage professional growth. 
Whether your career goal is to gain pediatric emergency experience, become a Flight Crew member or Nurse Practitioner, or grow in a leadership role, the Pediatric Emergency Department can help with this by offering professional development through coaching and mentoring.

If you have any questions about our unit, please email me at or visit Nursing Careers at Vanderbilt to explore open nursing positions.

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“I like working in the Peds ED because you never know what to expect and you always have to be prepared for anything. Things change every day, multiple times during the day, and it always keeps you on your toes and keeps you sharp, using the highest level of critical thinking skills. I will never stop growing in the Peds Ed because there's always something to learn and something new to see!”
“I love the feeling of family and teamwork that our department embodies. Our team has some of the best individuals that I have been privileged to work with.”
Kelsey Jo W., BSN, RN