Pediatric Operating Rooms

I’m Lori Graves, BSN, RN, CNOR.  I am the manager of the Pediatric Operating Rooms located in Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To care for our patient population, nurses in the Pediatric Operating Rooms ensure each child undergoing surgery receives the same excellent standard of care as recommended by the Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN) regardless of the complexity of the surgical procedure.

Lori Graves, BSN, RN, CNOR
Pediatric Operating Rooms
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds
Pediatric Surgery Pediatric (birth to 18 years) 16 Operating Rooms


About Us:

Our unit specializes in surgical care in all specialty areas including burn care, cardiothoracic surgery, craniofacial reconstruction, Level One trauma, otolaryngology, pediatric general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, renal and liver transplant, and urology.  Our main focus is making sure every child gets the best possible care during surgery

A typical shift for our nurses includes working with a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, pediatric nurses and other specially trained pediatric health care professionals.

Our unit trains new nursing staff through an extensive Perioperative Internship Program that is offered twice per year.  Interns gain experience in a wide variety of services during this orientation program.
We have several active subcommittees of the unit board that are dedicated to enhancing the quality of the care that patients receive as well as improving the work life of the staff.


Awards and Recognitions:

  • Teams from our OR have traveled to Guatemala on several occasions since 2005 as part of the international medical outreach of Children's Hospital.  These teams performed surgery on Guatemalan children who might otherwise have not had the opportunity to receive needed care.  More trips such as these are planned for the future. Click to learn more


Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to Pediatric Operating Rooms, please visit Work at Vanderbilt to see if there are currently any open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the Pediatric Operating Rooms:
                 pediatric, surgery, OR, perioperative

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