General Care Unit: 7C

The General Care Unit, 7C, is a 32 bed unit for children ranging in age from newborn to 21. Utilizing a "just for kids” approach with a multi-disciplinary team, the 7C staff members strive to provide the best family-centered care to patients who require medical management and pre/post-surgical management of a wide range of pediatric diagnoses. Proficient caregivers for general pediatric disorders, this staff is also regarded as the CHKD experts on the following:

    Patient with diabetes. Working collaboratively with the Diabetes Education Center staff, certified diabetes educators, and social workers, the 7C staff provides these patients and their families with the best possible care, knowledge and information needed to manage this disease. The newly diagnosed patient and their family will have a three-day, age-appropriate diabetic education that will offer strategies for diabetic home management.

    Patients with pectus excavatum. The 7C staff is proud to be the unit chosen to care for patients undergoing the Nuss Procedure. This life-changing and minimally invasive procedure to repair chest deformities has a structured and comprehensive management plan developed and implemented by the 7C staff.

    Patients with burns. The 7C staff, in collaboration with physical therapists, occupational therapists, child life therapists, wound care specialists and the pain coordinator, utilizes age-appropriate diversion, pharmacological and comprehensive management to care for patients with burn injuries. This multidisciplinary team meets regularly and attends in-services and workshops to explore new techniques in burn management.

    Orthopedic patients. Many common and complex orthopedic disorders are repaired and managed at CHKD. The majority of these patients receive postoperative care on this Med/Surg Specialty Unit. Throughout the stay, patients will receive quality care, including physical/occupational therapies, wound and pain management, and a comprehensive family discharge education.

Despite the multitude of challenging and ever-changing diagnoses presented on a daily basis, the staff on the Medical/Surgical Specialty Unit recognizes the unique needs for each and every patient. This bright and airy environment not only provides a safe and kid-friendly place for every patient who comes to this unit, but also gives the staff an inviting work place they are proud to call their own. With unit leadership supplying support and expert role-modeling, and a strong education team teaching the latest in pediatric trends, the goal on 7C is to always bestow the highest quality of evidence-based, culturally appropriate, nursing care.

All “new to CHKD” nurses, including new graduate nurses, receive an individualized, skill-based orientation, lasting from eight to 12 weeks. (Please refer to the link regarding orientation). Ongoing classes and in-services are made available to enrich and educate the nursing staff in a wide variety of subjects. Consider joining the 7C staff, make CHKD your work home and enjoy are career you will never forget!