Hearts Aligned

Pediatric Cardiovascular Nurses

Just as early intervention is critical to positive outcomes, so too is high-level postoperative care. Our patients are always in the hands of nurses who have attained Magnet designation, national recognition of excellence in nursing services and high-quality patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care.

In addition, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health received the American Nursing Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Award for outstanding nursing quality in the pediatric hospital category. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health demonstrated superior patient outcomes and high nurse job satisfaction on 18 nursing-sensitive performance indicators tracked by NDNQI.

Specialized Nurse Practitioners

Leading the pediatric nursing care team is a group of full-time nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses specializing in congenital heart disease. These advanced practice nurses are involved at nearly every stage of patient care, including assessment and treatment.

All of our cardiac nurses have hundreds of hours of training and experience in every aspect of pediatric cardiovascular care. They are senior-level clinicians delivering care throughout the hospital’s pediatric cardiology areas—from the outpatient clinics to the catheterization lab to the operating room.

Nursing professionals are dedicated to advancing the practice of cardiovascular nursing by improving the care of patients.

They are also advocates for families, responding to fear and pain with compassion that defines the care at Riley at IU Health.

A Team of Allied Professionals

The nurses of the Riley Heart Center join pediatric pharmacists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social workers and other pediatric specialists in delivering tightly coordinated care. Staff chaplains help families seeking spiritual guidance.

Child Life Program Focuses on Individual Needs

Experts with our Child Life Programs are involved in preoperative procedures, working to help children understand what’s happening and to reduce stress and fear. During difficult or painful procedures, a child life specialist is there to help distract and soothe. Postoperative education is a part of every child’s stay, and playtime sessions—including music therapy—take place throughout the unit. Our child life specialists also help patients keep up with their schoolwork. 

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