Vanderbilt Nursing

Pediatric Emergency Department

I'm Kate Copeland, BSN, RN, CPN.  I am the Director of Emergency Services in Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To work in the Pediatric Emergency Department, our nurses need to have a passion for learning and a love of children and their families to care for our patient population.  

Kate Copeland, BSN, RN, CPN
Director of Emergency Services
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds             Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
 Neonatal to Adults
in a 150-mile radius
 35 - with ability
to expand to 55
  • BLS certification
  • ACLS certification
  • PALS certification
  • TNCC or ENPC
  • NRP certification

About Us:

The Pediatric Emergency Department of is a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center with Level 1 trauma capabilities.  We specialize in care ranging from minor emergencies to life threatening conditions.  We have to be prepared for all types of emergencies in any age child that comes into our doors, including infants, children, teens, and young adults. 

Family centered care is the philosophy and foundation of our health care delivery and practice.  Parents or legal guardians are involved in the entire process of care; triage, medical screening, treatment, and discharge planning.  Nurses, physicians, child life specialists, medical receptionists, care partners, transporters, and other members of the multidisciplinary team work together to support the physical and emotional needs of the child's family.

A typical shift for our nurses is ever changing and fast-paced while providing opportunities for career growth.  The teamwork here is incredible.  It’s a challenging environment to work in, but our nurses embrace it and love to come to work.

We are one of four CRPC’s (Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Centers) in the state.  As a CRPC center, we have transfer and educational agreements with other institutions across Tennessee.  We serve 50 hospitals and over 70 Emergency Medical System agencies in the region, providing educational and clinical expertise.  Because of our specialty services and clinics, we take care of children from Alabama to Kentucky, and all over Tennessee.

Our Level I Trauma Center -- the only one within 150 miles -- provides the highest level of care to pediatric trauma patients.  Our specialists, including surgeons, emergency medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, radiologists and nurse practitioners, are available 24 hours a day.  Our teams of experts mobilize rapidly once alerted that a child victim of trauma is en route to the emergency department.  With the availability of the rooftop helipad for medical transport helicopters, the Emergency Department often serves as the gateway for acutely ill or injured children to access Children's Hospital.

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Key Staff:



Nurse Educator:

Administrative Assistants:
Kate Copeland, BSN, RN, CPN 

Kimberly MacKeil-White, BSN, RN

Rachel Reagan
Jennifer Powell

Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to the Pediatric Emergency Department, please visit Work at Vanderbilt to see if there are currently any open positions.

                 Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the Pediatric Emergency Department:
                 CRPC, Pediatric Emergency, Pediatric Nursing, Pediatric Care Partner, Pediatric Trauma
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Emergency Nursing Track in the Nurse Residency Program.
If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.


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