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Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU), 10th Floor Children's Hospital

John David HughesHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m John David Hughes, MMHC, BSN, RN, NE-BC, manager of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, also known as the PCICU (#pcicusolutions on Twitter).  We are located on the 10th floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The environment on our unit is welcoming, teamwork-focused, and fast-paced.

We care for pediatric patients ranging from newborns to 18 years of age who are being treated for congenital heart defects and/or acquired heart disease.  Our patients are unique because we are the only program in a 200-mile radius with the expertise to treat their specific cardiac conditions.

One of the perks of working on our unit is being a part of an incredible team, all working together to make a difference for children with cardiac conditions who need intensive care.

Our nurses are successful because they have a desire to learn, a passion for caring for complex patients, and a great support system.

We orient new nurses to our unit by matching them with preceptors and creating a customized orientation plan based on their level of experience.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is to be a dedicated and compassionate, critically-thinking nurse, the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit can help with this by providing challenging growth experiences and a support system to guide you through.

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


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“The PCICU has been an amazing, challenging place to begin my career as a nurse. It has pushed me to become the best I can be, between the critical level of our patients and the residency and fellowship courses. Our special heart warriors teach me something new every day!”
Aly Y., BSN, RN