Vanderbilt Nursing

Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Medicine

I’m Cristina Loaiza, BSN, RN.  I am the manager of the Inpatient Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Medicine unit located on the 8th floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To work in the Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Medicine unit, our nurses must provide care for children with a variety of surgical and medical diagnoses

Cristina Loaiza, BSN, RN
Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Medicine
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Pediatric Surgery
Adolescent Medicine
Pediatric (Newborn to 18 years)  
  • BLS certification
  • PEARS or PALS certification
  • TNCC recommended
  • CPN recommended


About Us:

Our unit specializes in caring for children requiring nursing care for surgery, trauma, medical conditions, and conditions requiring surgical intervention, including inpatients and extended recovery room patients.
The unit is divided into three areas (or “pods”) of care:

  • Pod 8A is a young surgery unit.
  • Pod 8B is a school age-adolescent surgical unit.
  • Pod 8C is an adolescent medicine unit.

Our patient focus is on providing excellent, quality care in collaboration with our multidisciplinary team, patients, and patient families.
Staff and Community Involvement: Nursing Staff Council, Retention Committee, Nursing Quality Analyst, Society of Pediatric Nursing, Evidence Based Practice Research Fellowship, Frontline Leadership, Magnet Escorts/Champions, Research Poster Presentations, Unit PMI, BLS/PALS/PEARS  instructors, WorkLife Committee, Bereavement Committee. 

Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to this unit, please visit Work at Vanderbilt: Achieve the Remarkable for current open positions.

Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Medicine:    
pediatric, surgery, adolescent, medicine             

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