Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

I’m John David Hughes, BSN, RN, and I am the interim manager for the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) located on the 5th Floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The PCICU offers nurses the opportunity to care for a unique patient population of critically-ill children with all types of cardiac conditions.  Our nurses are equipped with specialized education on the newest evidence-based practices, a collaborative team of healthcare professionals, and cutting-edge technology and equipment to provide excellent quality of care to our patients and their families.  Our nurses are highly motivated and love to learn in this academic environment.  It is fast paced, collaborative, and very team oriented.  There is always something new in Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery!

John David Hughes, BSN, RN
Interim Manager
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care Patient Demographic Number of Beds                Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
 Cardiac Intensive Care Newborn to 18 years old 18
  • PALS certification required
  • CCRN and CPN certifications available

About Us:

The PCICU is an 18-bed unit that serves as the regional intensive-care provider for pediatric patients with acquired or congenital heart disease.  We care for patients with all types of cardiac conditions.

Whether it is an ASD, Tetralogy of Fallot, the need for a heart transplant, or Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, we have the resources and expertise to care for patients during their most critical time.  Ventilators, peritoneal dialysis, Ventricular Assist Devices, Berlin Hearts, and ECMO are just some of the treatments we offer our patients.  We pride ourselves in our critical thinking, autonomy, and ability to provide excellent patient care in a fast-paced setting alongside a close-knit team of healthcare professionals.

We offer an extensive critical care orientation, clinical ladder opportunities, shared governance, and many on-site educational opportunities.  Come join our team and be part of the excellent, innovative care we provide in the PCICU.

Awards and Recognitions:
We are leaders in information technology with advanced computerized monitoring systems, physician order entry, and computerized nursing documentation

 Virtual Tour  Take a Virtual Tour of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

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 PCICU:                 
                 PCICU, pediatric intensive care, pediatric cardiac

Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Pediatric 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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