Your Commitment, Our Support
Dear Nursing Colleagues,
Seattle Children's nurses are experts in caring for the very ill child and the healing child. Our nurses know a child is – most importantly – a member of a family and a community. They know that healing has many dimensions, and are committed to honoring the dignity of each child and family.
One sign of the impact and success of nursing at Children's is Magnet designation, which we received in 2008. The expertise, compassion and commitment of our staff make our accomplishments possible. Our efforts become powerful through the collective influence of the work done by each nurse and each nursing unit. As chief nurse, it is my job to enable that work to flourish.
I trust that as we support you – with training and education opportunities, state-of-the-art-facilities and equipment, shared governance and comprehensive benefits – you'll provide the best possible patient care, which creates a healing environment for our patients and a true sense of engagement for you.
If you are ready to do your best work and to make a difference that will last far beyond today, we welcome your application.
Susan Heath, RN, MN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Participate in Our Shared Governance Model
Children's is committed to recruiting and retaining excellent nurses, and we believe that nurses are more attracted and committed to organizations where they experience a greater sense of autonomy and control over their work environment. Shared governance enables nurses to be part of the decision-making process in matters that affect nursing practice.
The hospital brings decision-making authority to the point of service through shared governance in the form of four councils that work with a Nursing Assembly:
- Evidence-Based Practice Council
- Nursing Professional Development Council
- Operations Council
- Quality Practice Council
Provide Relationship-Based Care
Relationship-based care is the foundation of nursing practice at Children's. Nursing's vision and values are visible in our attention to competence, health, integrity, leadership and diversity; and it is driven by our commitment to family-centered care and our community ART standards: Accountability, Respect and Teamwork.
Be Part of a Culture of Learning and Growth
Because Seattle Children’s is a premier research and teaching facility, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the foremost pediatric healthcare experts as well as the latest – often newly emerging – therapies, treatments and technologies. You also will work side by side with outstanding faculty and students from several nursing programs in the area.
Nursing practice here is evidence-based. Our shared governance councils include unit-based and nursing-wide Evidence-Based Practice Councils where nurses receive support for reviewing existing evidence or developing projects to identify pediatric nursing best practices. Our nursing Research Committee provides support for protocol development and Institutional Review Board approval.
Seattle Children’s is committed to using Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) to deliver the best healthcare to patients and families. At the heart of this effort are our patients and our pledge to find better ways to deliver the highest service and value while removing wasteful practices. Nurses lead and are involved in successful CPI initiatives in all areas at Children’s.
A nurse’s introduction to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Kevin shares how he finally found his "home" after making a career transition from travel nurse to pediatric critical care at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Why choose Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nursing
Maree explains why she "never looked back" after making a career transition from adult critical care nursing to the PICU at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Career Development Opportunities
We'll provide you with opportunities to build your skills – because our goal is to recruit, hire and retain nurses who want to give their best to our patients and their families.
Seattle Children's supports direct care nurses in their pursuit of national certification in two important ways: by organizing study groups to prepare for certification and by paying a salary premium for approved national certifications.
Staff nurses who are interested in increasing their knowledge, skills and scope of responsibility have a number of opportunities to act in a variety of roles, including:
- Preceptor: Assist nursing students during their pediatric clinical experiences and/or guide new nurses during orientation
- Mentor: Support new nurses to transition in their nursing roles
- Clinical educator: Coordinate educational opportunities for staff on the inpatient units
- Clinical expert: Assist newer nurses post-orientation to expand their skill set and clinical knowledge
- Charge nurse: Coordinate unit activities as designated shift leader
- Clinical practice manager: Day-to-day unit manager role with responsibilities that may include Continuous Performance Improvement activities and personnel activities (scheduling, staff hiring and performance management)
- Care coordinator: Coordinate specific patient populations from admission through discharge
You may also choose to acquire graduate education and transition into other roles within the organization, including:
- Clinical nurse specialist: Provide consultation and clinical expertise, mentoring and leadership that focus on nursing practice competencies and professional development
- Nurse practitioner: Function as a care provider and assume primary responsibility for clinical management of patients in a specialty area
- Clinical director: Direct, manage and evaluate all services in a department on a 24/7 basis
Be Part of Our Nationally Recognized Nursing Team
The American Nurses Credentialing Center designated Children's a Magnet hospital in 2008. Children’s is the first pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest to achieve this distinction, and is one of only two Magnet hospitals in Washington state. We are consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Thank you for your interest in Seattle Children’s. We welcome the opportunity to review your application.