About the Unit
Ped5 is a 24-bed unit, located in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor. All patient rooms are private rooms with built-in sleeping areas for the parents.
Nursing Director: Kathy Soriano, MS, RN-BC
Head Nurse: Joanne Bobal, RN
Head Nurse: Jennifer Mackown, BS, RN
Head Nurse: Jennifer Bianchini, BSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator: Rebecca Ramos, MS, RN
The nurse to patient ratio on Ped5 is 1:3 to 1:5. There is 1 to 2 pediatric care technicians each shift who assists with basic patient care. There is a unit secretary on each shift to perform data entry and other secretarial duties.
The Ped5 nursing staff cares for patients from infancy to 11 years of age. These diagnoses include but are not limited to the following sub-specialties: neurology, pulmonary, urology, surgery, trauma, orthopedics, gastroenterology, nephrology, rheumatology, cardiology and endocrinology.
Patient Care Needs
Promoting family centered care is a top priority. Child Life services are available 7 days-a-week. Our nurses are skilled clinicians, able to care for all the patient’s many highly technical needs.
About Our Nurses
Nursing care is provided by professional registered nurses competent in the care of pediatric patients. Our pediatric nurses are held to very high standards. Each pediatric nurse is skilled in starting intravenous lines (IVs) and caring for central lines. All nurses are required to have CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications. In addition, some nurses have attained an additional certification in their specialty, Pediatrics, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).