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Pediatric Surgery, Trauma, Adolescent Medicine (PSTAM), 8th Floor Children's Hospital

Loaiza, CristinaHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m Cristina Loaiza, MSN, RN, NE-BC, manager of the Pediatric Surgery, Trauma, and Adolescent Medicine unit, also known as PSTAM.  We are located on the 8th floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The environment on our unit is friendly, welcoming, and always striving to provide the best patient care possible through our incredible teamwork.

We care for pediatric patients ranging from infants to adolescents, who are being treated for a large variety of reasons, some of which include: Spinal Fusions, Traumas, Cystic Fibrosis, Transplants, Orthopedic Procedures, Urology, Neurosurgery, Cleft Palates, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Health, Feeding Disorders, Craniotomies, Appendectomies, and Tonsillectomies.  Our patient population is unique because we see a much larger variety of diagnoses than some areas. This allows our nurses a greater variety of challenges and clinical experiences.

One of the perks of working on our unit is the clinical exposure you will gain which will help you determine and pursue your true passion in the nursing field.

Our nurses are successful because they are driven and have determination, focus on family-centered care, and always go above and beyond for their patients. Our nurses are the best of the best.

We orient new nurses by providing a six-week, unit specific orientation that  pairs them with dedicated and enthusiastic preceptors. 

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

We encourage professional growth.
If your career goal is to polish your skills and develop into a well-rounded nurse, the Pediatric Surgery, Trauma, and Adolescent Medicine unit is a great place to work.

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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"In addition to being a bedside nurse, I am a liver champ, unit board co-chair, and new nurse preceptor and mentor. My passion is with our surgical patients, especially our transplant population, but I feel like we get a wide variety of cases. I love working with our new Pediatric Nurse Residents that come to work on our floor and help them through the transition from being a nursing student to a Registered Nurse. Being a part of unit board gives me an opportunity to improve things for our team to make a more enjoyable work environment! I love our PSTAM family!"
Christine S., RN 2
"I started on PSTAM a little over a year ago as a Nurse Resident and I have had such a wonderful time working on this unit. Our diverse patient population has allowed me to gain knowledge on a variety of patient diagnoses and surgical procedures. As a new nurse, the residency program provided me with the support as well as education I needed in order to become a confident nurse. Our unit works together like a family and there is always someone willing to help or answer questions. I now serve as a co-chair on our Unit Board which allows me to get feedback from fellow nurses and help improve our unit. Overall, PSTAM has a very welcoming and friendly environment where nurses can learn and engage. I am so grateful for the experiences, friendships, and education I have received since working on this floor."
Courtney A., BSN, RN 2 

"I have been at Children’s Hospital for about 3.5 years, and although I came with over 5 years of pediatric nursing experience, I have gained and learned so much!! I currently serve as a Wellness Commadore for our unit, I am organizing a Sunshine Committee, I am a preceptor, a Certified Pediatric Nurse, a member of our Nursing Advancement Committee, one of our Relief Staff Leader Nurses, and the 2016 recipient of “The Spirit of Nursing” essay award. I am a mentor and advocate for our staff. I encourage staff engagement and friendships, as we spend many hours together. My unit focus is staff morale and happiness!!!"
Kristen W., BSN, RN 4, CPN