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Nurses Are the Backbone of Your Care Team

At AdventHealth for Children, our award-winning nurses go beyond their call of duty. We know that nurses are the backbone of the care team and can leave a lasting impact on the experience of a child and their family.

Through our Magnet Recognition®, professional development, and other programs, our nurses are inquisitive and empowered to ensure they provide the highest quality of health care. Fueled by AdventHealth’s mission, our nurses are committed to providing compassionate care to our patients and striving to be leaders in nursing excellence.

Growing Through Professional Development

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Our Professional Practice Model

The Professional Practice Model represents all the components that interact to guide and support the delivery of care at AdventHealth for Children. It aligns interprofessionals at the organization with our mission, vision, values and service standards. Our Professional Practice Model depicts how interprofessionals practice, collaborate, communicate, and develop professionally to provide the highest quality care for those served by the organization.

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We are Honored to Achieve Magnet Recognition®

Recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet Recognition® is the highest honor an organization can receive for nursing. We started pursuing Magnet Recognition® in 2008 and were recognized in 2011 for the first time. AdventHealth for Children has since achieved this gold standard for nursing excellence a second time in 2016 and for a third time in 2021. Only seven percent of the nation’s hospitals have received this recognition, which provides benefits including:

  • Highest standard of care for patients due to evidence-based practices and excellent clinical outcomes
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure-to-rescue rates
  • Excellent job satisfaction among nurses due to inter-professional collaboration, research and involvement in decision making at all levels of the organization

We know that happy nurses make healthier patients, and we are dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care for years to come.

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Empowering Nurses Through Shared Leadership

Our Shared Leadership Council structure empowers the interprofessional staff to define, implement and maintain current practice standards and to implement the vision and campus priorities for patient care. This program includes nursing staff from every single unit who assist in making decisions to:

  • Ensure patient safety and promote quality service
  • Drive accountability to the level of frontline staff
  • Engage staff in innovation and collaborative problem-solving and strategy development
  • Encourage discussion and resolution of clinical or professional operational issues

Leading the Way With Research and Innovation

Our nurses are not just reading about new research – they are actively conducting it to continuously improve and ensure we provide the best care possible. Not only do we encourage our nursing staff to be inquisitive, but we provide them with the support they need to complete the research and find their voice in health care.

Some examples of nursing research that is completed or currently in progress include:

  • “Infant Holding During Therapeutic Hypothermia in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Its Effects on Parental Stress” conducted by Principal Investigator Rebecca Koerner BSN, RN
  • “Psychometric Validation and Generalizability of the Withdrawal Tool for Neonatal ICU Patients” conducted by Principal Investigator Julie Long BSN, RNC-NIC
  • “Perceived Stress and Resiliency in Neonatal Nurses” conducted by Principal Investigator Lisa Pannell MSN, CPNP, NNP-BC
  • “Validation of the Pediatric Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (P-CPOT) in PICU and Pediatric CVICU” conducted by Principal Investigator Amanda Hellner MSN, RN, CPN

Recognizing Extraordinary Nurses

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of an auto-immune disease in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. They felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way by creating the DAISY Award, which is given monthly to an extraordinary nurse in hospitals throughout America.

Patients, family members, or any fellow employees may nominate a deserving nurse by completing a nomination form found on any of our units. Additionally, patients may submit a nomination through the GetWell Network.

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Nurses Going Above and Beyond


Jenna always goes above and beyond for her patients. We had one very sick patient on the unit who was very likely going to miss his high school graduation, which he was very much looking forward to attending.

Nurses Going Above and Beyond


This week has been very hard on my granddaughter and myself. She had a tumor removed from her spine. This hospital is one of the greatest hospitals I have ever dealt with and I'm 52 years old.

Nurses Going Above and Beyond


My six-month-old daughter was hospitalized for a week after she was found unresponsive during a nap at her grandma's house.