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Pediatric Holding Room/Post Anesthesia Care, 3rd Floor Children's Hospital

Leigh Ann ChadwellHello and welcome to our unit!

I’m LeighAnn Chadwell, MSN, RN, NE-BC, manager of the Holding Room and Post Anesthesia Care Unit, also known as HR/PACU.  We are located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The environment on our unit is friendly, fast-paced, and focused on interdisciplinary team work.

We care for pediatric patients ranging from newborns to 18 years of age who are being treated for a variety of simple to complex surgical procedures.  Our patients are unique because of their diverse surgical needs.

Some of the perks of working on our unit include flexible scheduling, which allows staff to maintain a healthy work life balance, and numerous opportunities for engagement in quality improvement and professional development.

Our nurses are successful because they have strong assessment skills, practice autonomously, and are passionate about seeking innovative approaches to delivering high quality care to our patients. 

We orient new nurses to our unit by providing an eight-week unit specific orientation with dedicated preceptors.  

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

We encourage professional growth. 
If your career goal is to gain strong, diverse clinical experiences, the Holding Room and Post Anesthesia Care Unit will expose you to various levels of care and equip you with a multitude of skills that will allow you to be successful in your nursing career.

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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beds Holding Room = 22
PACU = 26
ratio Holding Room = 1:4
PACU = 1:2
certifications - BLS
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“The Pediatric HR/PACU is hands down the best place to work in the Hospital! We have the most caring, enthusiastic, and fun team! We get to take what can be a very stressful day for patients and families, and, through simple things like education, dress-up days, and coloring on the sheets, we can make the day bearable- sometimes even fun!”
Hannah K., BSN, RN, CPN
“I have absolutely LOVED working in the Holding Room & Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for the last five years! It is so rewarding to be able to care for our patients on the day of their surgical procedures, when it can often feel very stressful for patients and their families. Another unique aspect of working on the third floor is the degree of multidisciplinary teamwork and working together to make sure everything goes well for our patients and their families.”
Summer F., BSN, RN, CPAN