Specialty Areas

RN Residency’s Participating Units

Additional Departments / Services Within LLUCH


TotalCare Birth Center (TCBC) - Units 3100, 3200, and 3800

The TotalCare Birth Center includes 10 LDR (labor, delivery, recovery) rooms, 25 postpartum beds and 3 operating rooms. The LDR rooms are designed to create a comfortable atmosphere during labor, delivery, and recovery and are equipped to care for low-risk, as well as, high-risk obstetrical patients. Family-centered care is provided by an RN staff. Specialized staff such as anesthesiologists, neonatologists, and perinatologists are available on-site 24 hours a day to meet any routine or emergency needs that may arise for mother or baby.

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Pre- and Post-Anesthesia / Observation / Ambulatory Care - Unit 2800

Pre- and post-anesthesia nursing provides care to children in a 13-bed observation unit prior to and following anesthesia, sedation for surgery, or other invasive procedures. A full range of nursing skills is required to deliver quality care within a short period of time. Nurses closely monitor their patients using sophisticated technologies. The medical and nursing staff work collaboratively to assure safe management of patients throughout procedural care. In the pre-admission testing area, the nursing focus is on patient and family education, assuring a smooth transition pre- and post-hospitalization. Nurses also care for patients who require observation for short stay procedures such as IV medication infusions, blood transfusions, or require discharge holding.

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Neonatal ICU (NICU) - Unit 3700

The Loma Linda University Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit is an 84-bed tertiary referral center that serves critically ill infants and their families in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This state-of-the-art facility provides all subspecialty surgical and consultation services, including a neonatal ECMO program and an infant cardiac transplantation program. The LLUCH neonatal transport team is involved in more than 50 percent of all infants admitted to our NICU. Our programs and resources attempt to maximize health-care access for infants in our region. Our goal is to reduce complications and infant mortality and to improve quality of life through prevention and prompt intervention.

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Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant ICU - Unit 4800

The pediatric hematology/oncology unit is a 33-bed unit dedicated to the specialized medical needs of children, from birth through adolescence, with cancer and blood diseases. A multi-disciplinary team approach is used to best meet the medical and psychosocial needs of the hospitalized child. The nursing staff is chemotherapy certified and trained to utilize pediatric cancer clinical trial protocols within their practice.

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Acute Care Pediatrics - Units 5100, 5200, and 5300

Pediatric acute care unit is an 76-bed unit dedicated to children from birth through 21 years. The care is tailored to meet the physical, psychosocial, and developmental needs of pediatric patients and their families. The acute care pediatric nurses take specialized classes and training to provide whole person care to a wide variety of medical and surgical patients. They work closely with and are important members of a progressive multidisciplinary team with the purpose to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

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Pediatric ICU (PICU) - Unit 5700

The pediatric intensive care unit is a 25-bed tertiary care unit dedicated exclusively to the specialized medical and surgical needs of critically ill children from birth through adolescence. A team approach is utilized to provide the most recent clinical and technological advances available. Nurses work alongside with pediatric intensivists, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, pharmacists, and other clinicians to provide for the medical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of children. Opportunities for professional growth for nurses include participation in CVVH team, ECMO team, PICU transport team, pediatric grief program, and peer support program.

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Pediatric Intermediate ICU - Unit 5800

Nurses care for infants and children requiring continued monitoring and observation after the intensive care experience. Nurses receive training in management of the unstable patient and address psychosocial, as well as medical/surgical patient care needs.

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Pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU - Unit 5800

The Pediatric Heart Center nurses provide care to infants and children with congenital anomalies, including transplantation. A "rapid recovery" program is utilized for the patients in the preoperative through discharge stages. Nurses work in a stimulating environment incorporating state of the art research and technology including ECMO. Patients from around the world seek the specialized and comprehensive care provided on this unit.

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Pediatric Trauma Services

Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital is the only Level I regional trauma center serving San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties. We are dedicated to providing timely and comprehensive care to traumatized pediatric patients and their families, from the time of injury until the child's reintegration into the family and community. We also strive in educating our community on methods of trauma prevention.

Traumatic injuries are the most serious and most preventable of all major health problems. Trauma is considered an epidemic in our society and accounts for one of the most expensive health problems in the United States. Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death in children resulting in approximately 7,000 deaths a year.

The pediatric trauma service admits approximately 600 children each year. Our resources consist of the following:

Level I Pediatric Trauma Center Resources

  • Pediatric trauma attending emergency department response
  • Pediatric trauma support service
  • Pediatric trauma residents (PG-4/PG-5) on site 24 hours
  • Pediatric ECMO program
  • Pediatric emergency department
  • Pediatric intensivists
  • Pediatric intensive care unit
  • Pediatric neurosurgeon
  • Formal pediatric trauma research program
  • Pediatric emergency physicians
  • Pediatric rehabilitation physicians
  • Hand and microvascular surgery for reimplantation
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Specialized nursing for pediatrics
  • Pediatric cardiac/thoracic surgery
  • Organ procurement program
  • Pediatric operating suites open 24 hours a day
  • Child life specialists
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Extensive injury prevention outreach programs - SAFE KIDS
  • Youth Alternative Solutions Program (YASP)
  • Tattoo Removal for Youth Program (TRY)

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Pediatric Hemodialysis Department

This department has five beds, staffed by registered nurses with specific pediatric dialysis training who provide and coordinate hemodialysis treatments for those with renal failure. Hospitalized children and those who come in on an outpatient basis receive their treatments in this bright and cheerful unit. Each nurse is assigned to follow the care and medical needs of specific patients during the months and years they receive dialysis. Staff work together with an interdisciplinary team, which meets monthly, to optimize the medical care of each child.

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Acute Adolescent – Unit 4200

The 19-bed adolescent acute care unit at Children’s Hospital cares for non-critical patients ages 14 to 21, making it the only dedicated unit in the Inland Empire designed just for adolescent patients.

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Critical Care Transport Program

The intrafacility critical care transport team consists of highly trained nurses functioning in an expanded practice role to manage patients who require transport for diagnostic procedures. Specialized care is provided during the transport and throughout the diagnostic procedure. The patient population, ranging from newborn to geriatric, can present with a wide variety of medical, surgical and/or traumatic disorders.

The interfacility critical care transport team is nurse managed and consists of highly trained nurses functioning in an expanded practice role to provide specialized care for adult patients who require transport between facilities via ambulance, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.

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Emergency Department

Our 34-bed adult emergency department and 18-bed pediatric emergency department offer a wide variety of nursing experience. Our primary specialties include trauma (level I pediatric and adult trauma center), pediatrics (emergency and urgent care), and cardiac (chest pain center). Emergency department nurses enjoy the unique challenge of caring for patients from prenatal through geriatrics, in all levels of acuity. Nurses with advanced skills and experience have the opportunity to pursue specialty areas such MICN (mobile intensive care nurse) and grief counseling.

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LLUMC OR Services

LLUMC has a 16-room OR suite and is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Nurses may choose from 8 and 12 hour shifts. Specialty areas include: general, pediatric, vascular, cardiothoracic, plastic/reconstructive, head and neck, urology, gynecology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, trauma (Level I), oral and transplant surgery. Cutting edge technology and opportunity for professional growth are available and encouraged.

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Outpatient Surgery Center

Pre-admission nursing assessment and testing begins our state-of-the-art pre-/post-operative and special procedure nursing care. We have a seven-room OR suite. It is available Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Specialty areas include: pediatrics, general, orthopaedics, vascular, plastic/reconstructive, head and neck, urology, gynecology, ophthalmic, lithotripsy, ECT and pain blocks. We encourage leadership through participation in a multi-disciplinary team. Professional nursing skills are required to deliver quality care in a short length of time. Opportunities for professional growth are available and strongly encouraged.