The brand new 387 million dollar Nemours Children's Hospital (NCH) in
Lake Nona on the southern tip of Orlando, FL is located on 60 acres
with new technology, advanced equipment, spacious facilities, and an
environment for growth. The hospital officially opened in October
and currently has more than 750 employees with a growth projection
of over 850 employees by the end of the year.
The Children's hospital specializes in treating children with chronic or life-threatening
illnesses, however the attached clinic provides daily out-patient services and the fully-equipped
emergency department is staffed and prepared. This makes the third pediatric hospital operating
in Central Florida, providing services to the more than 250,000 estimated area children.
Located in Medical City, the hospital has the University of Central Florida Health Sciences
Campus, the Sanford-Burham Medical Research Institute, the VA Medical Center, the University
of Florida Academic and Research Center, and MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute
as on-campus neighbors. This cluster of new high-tech teaching and research facilities
provide tremendous opportunities for learning and growth in the medical field. The
Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)
establishes a new approach to education which allows all aspects and people involved to
interact and provide the best medical treatment and services. There are doctors and
nurses at the hospitals who will be teaching at the Universities. The research facilities
are able to get direct feedback from active medical personnel and medical personnel
are able to explore all aspects of the field of medicine with many varying internship,
residential and career opportunities.
With over 4700 employees, Nemours has a great deal of experience hiring and educating nurses.
Their nursing programs offer a wide range of continuing education credits. Initially,
the Nemours Children's hospital (NCH) will offer services in over 180 different areas of
specialization. These areas of pediatric medicine include infectious diseases, hematology,
bone tumors, scoliosis, rheumatology, and skeletal dysplasia; some of which have never
been available in Central Florida. This is only the beginning as the Nemours foundation
already has plans to expand the hospital facilities by adding an additional tower which
will double the patient bed capacity from its current 95. Also included in the future
plans are expansions to the available services such as being able to offer pediatric
As the hospital continues to offer many specialized medical services, they will need to
hire more nurses with advanced nursing degrees and multiple nursing specializations including
pediatrics. Nurses with specializations have completed continuing education credits,
examinations and many hours of in-service training. Nurses are required to maintain
their nursing certifications as well as their specialty certifications as outlined by
the state licensing boards and nursing organizations such as the American Nursing Association
and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
The Nemours nursing program is
"firmly grounded in science, based on national standards and tailored to the individual
needs of each child family". One of the ways to show the commitment to quality nursing
is to strive to achieve Magnet Status. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC),
a subsidiary of the American Nursing Association (ANA), has established The Magnet
Recognition Program as the "ultimate credential for high quality nursing". Just like
the original Nemours Foundation hospital in Delaware, Alfred I. Dupont,
the nursing division at NCH is committed to achieve Magnet Status. This is a multi-year
process with an on-going evaluative and evolving cycle of change to consistently improve
the nursing environment and services provided by nurses.
Nemours Children's hospital, along with the other medical facilities located in Medical
City has just begun to provide a multitude of opportunities for nurses. The job market
looks strong for well-educated experienced nurses with advanced degrees and the availability
for internships and residencies for young up and coming nurses. Nemours is ready to
hire nurse in Central Florida boasting an average incoming salary of $60,000+ for nurses
with the right qualifications and attitude.