1. Johnson-Salerno, Elizabeth MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CPEN
  2. Bachman, Stacey O. MSN, CPNP-PC
  3. Jones, Chalanda Evan MD
  4. Hancox, David MSN, RN, MHA, NEA-BC
  5. Haut, Catherine DNP, CPNP-AC, PC, FAANP
  6. Mericle, Jane DNP, MHS-CL, RN, CENP


Information about pediatric observation and limited-stay unit design and function is lacking in the literature. A quality improvement approach was used to create new care processes on an inpatient unit within a large children's hospital. Outcomes included the use of advanced practice nurse patient care management, creation of 30 clinical pathways to model care, and consistent and faster transfer from emergency department to inpatient unit, resulting in high-level parent and patient satisfaction and decreased nursing turnover.