Our Nurses In order to provide the highest-quality care, nurses are generally assigned to care for only one or two intensive care patients at a time. Nurses respond to your family's needs as well, providing support, answering questions, and keeping you up-to-date on your child's progress. Nurse Managers Adam Schulenberg R.N. Laurie Athans, R.N. Nurses in Pediatric Critical Care “Our Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses are all Registered Nurses licensed by New York State. They participate in an extensive orientation process which enables them to provide excellent and effective critical care to sick and injured children. In addition, they receive on-going education throughout their tenure in the PICU. They are compassionate and seek to provide top notch patient- and family-centered care, as they recognize that a child's admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit can affect the entire family.” Adam Schulenberg R.N. “The Pediatric Cardiac Care Center provides state of the art nursing to patients with congenital heart defects undergoing cardiothoracic surgery, and cardiology patients with known or newly diagnosed cardiac disease. Our goal is to deliver comprehensive care in a family friendly environment that involves collaboration between patient, family, and the healthcare team, from admission through discharge. Our Registered Nurses go through an intensive six month orientation and receive specialized ICU training specific to pediatric cardiac care. Additionally, our nurses are BLS and PALS certified, and attend comprehensive skills updates yearly, in order to be able to offer the highest quality care to our complex patients.” Laurie Athans, R.N. Nurse Managers, Nurse Leaders & Charge Nurses Nurse managers and nurse leaders provide leadership and are available to discuss your child’s needs, nursing and hospital services. Charge nurses are the resource managers of each shift. They coordinate staff, arrange patient assignments, and are able to help with any issues that may arise in the unit. Registered Nurses (RNs) Our nurses are highly valued for their skills and are often the first line communicators with regard to your child's care. All of our Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) and are licensed by New York State. RNs have graduated from a college-level nursing program and have passed a national licensing exam. Transition Coordinators A Transition Coordinator is an advanced level nurse that assists in the complicated transfer of patients, including discharges, admissions and transfers to general care. Pediatric Transport Nurses Pediatric transport nurses are RNs with advanced training. Transport nurses provide transportation for patients between hospitals and within the hospital for procedures, tests and surgery. Clinical Nurse Specialists The clinical nurse specialist is the administrator for the clinical development of staff and is a clinical expert. Clinical Resource Nurses (CRNs) CRNs assist with the transfer of patients between pediatric units, and assist in the unit as needed.