Pediatric Surgical Unit/Orthopedic (3 North)
This 26-bed surgical/orthopedic unit provides care for children newborn to adolescent who have undergone general pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urological surgery and orthopedic surgery and treatment. The unit also provides care for general medical and trauma patients. This is an exciting high-paced nursing unit with the opportunity to acquire advanced level nursing skills. The unit is proud to be the recipient of a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in patient care from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for distinguished patient care.
The Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry provides inpatient and outpatient services to children and adolescents. The inpatient unit is an acute care, crisis-stabilization unit for children and adolescents between the ages of 4-17 years, with a maximum capacity of 20 beds. As a licensed Baker Act receiving facility, the unit’s structured, safe, therapeutic environment offers an interdisciplinary approach with planned activities and group sessions organized throughout the day.
The Inpatient Psychiatry Unit focuses on diagnostic evaluation, stabilization, discharge and follow-up care. All patients attend daily activities during their stay that include school, group therapies, family therapy, and individual therapy. The interdisciplinary team members include psychiatrists, psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents, psychologists, psychology interns and students, mental health therapists, nurse practitioners, behavioral health nurses, behavioral health technicians, case coordinators, case managers, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher.
Outpatient Psychiatry services include psychiatric evaluation and medication management with psychiatrists, psychological testing, individual and family therapies, and group therapies. In addition, The Department of Psychiatry offers an Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program that provides an intermediate level of intensive psychotherapeutic services in a least restrictive level of care (12 hours per week) to those adolescents that meet criteria for inclusion.
Neurology and Neurosurgery Services Unit (5 Tower)
This 40-bed unit provides care for patients who have neurological conditions or who have undergone neurosurgery. Within the unit is a 12 bed telemetry unit specifically designed for patients on continuous video electroencephalography monitoring. The unit provides care for children experiencing seizures, neurologic developmental delays, migraines, brain tumors, head trauma, and other general medical patients. Located in the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, 5 Tower utilizes the latest technology for diagnosing and treating epilepsy and other neurological disorders. 5 Tower was awarded the Gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the AACN.
Renal/Gastroenterology/Endocrinology Unit (3 Northeast)
3 Northeast is a 20 bed medical-surgical unit which specializes in the care of children with renal, gastroenterology, endocrinology, adolescent medicine, rheumatology, and other diagnoses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The majority of patients served are school age and adolescents. 3 Northeast is recipient of Gold Beacon Award, Improvement Huddle Board Award 2017 and the Team Daisy award. 3 Northeast is committed to providing excellent patient-centered care emphasizing the child's health promotion, health restoration and education, utilizing a holistic approach to nursing care. 3 Northeast is a rewarding unit with the opportunity to acquire advanced level nursing skills such as peritoneal dialysis and insulin pump technology.
Respiratory Unit (3 East)
3 East is a 20 bed medical/surgical unit that specializes in the care of inpatients and observation patients with respiratory illness and other medical diseases including patients on Home Ventilator via a tracheostomy, on BIPAP, CPAP and on High Flow Nasal Cannula support. Care is based on 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. 3E is recipient of Gold Beacon award, Improvement Huddle Board award 2017. 3 East is committed to providing excellent family centered care emphasizing the child’s health promotion, health restoration and education, utilizing a holistic approach to nursing care. It also provides safe, quality and cost-effective care to patients requiring evaluation and treatment for a period of 24-48 hours. 3E is a fast paced nursing unit with the opportunity to develop advanced skills level nurses and foster critical thinking.
Hematology/ Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit (6 Tower)
This unit is located on the 6th floor of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion with 35 inpatient beds, seven of which comprise the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit. The inpatient hematology oncology unit specializes in the care of patients with hematology diseases such as: sickle cell anemia, bleeding disorders and other alterations in the hematopoietic system. Additionally, patients with oncology diseases are admitted for chemotherapy treatments, biotherapy treatments, toxicities such as febrile neutropenia, and supportive care. The seven bed BMT unit treats a variety of malignant and non-malignant disorders with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplants, allogeneic related hematopoietic stem cell transplants, allogeneic unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplants and related and unrelated cord blood stem cell transplants.
Infant Care Unit / Observation Unit (2 North)
The Infant Care Unit/Observation Unit (2 North) at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a 14-bed unit; eight of these rooms are designated to receive infants (<1 y/o) with medical/surgical care needs and the other six beds are designated to admit children/adolescents (0-21 y/o) that meet criteria for observation status. In June 2018, 2 North was awarded the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence recognized by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This national three-year designation marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.
The five most common diagnoses admitted to the Infant Care Unit are as follows: acute bronchiolitis due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease without Esophagitis, Urinary Tract Infection, Congenital Hydronephrosis, and Salmonella Enteritis. The Infant Care Unit provides opportunities for infant specialized care such as phototherapy for the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia and high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) for the treatment of bronchiolitis.
The Observation Unit is dedicated to patients who require additional monitoring. A stay in the Observation Unit is an alternative to a hospital admission. A typical stay lasts between 4 hours and 23 hours. Our goal is to provide excellent care in order to send the child home as soon as possible. The Observation Unit admits patients under general pediatrics and/or pediatric surgery.