UPC Name
Pediatric Emergency Room

Pediatric Emergency Department

Emergency Room and Trauma Services

Nurse Manager
Vanessa Plunkett, RN, MSN-HCA

Director of Patient Care Services
Albert Hernandez, ARNP, MSN (Acting Director)

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Ric Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC

Special Accomplishments

  • The Pediatric ER relies on strong teamwork, which allows us to provide excellent care for the children of Miami-Dade County.
  • In 2005, we were named the “Best Nursing Team” by Advance for Nurses magazine.
  • Developed protocol for pediatric ER triage to aid in decreasing patient length of stay (LOS) and increase patient satisfaction.

Size & Type
The unit has the ability to see and treat 24 patients with pediatric emergencies.

Staff Summary
27 RNs; 1 ARNP; 1 Community Outreach Nurse; 6 Senior Emergency Technicians (SERTs), 6 Hospital Unit Secretaries (HUS). All nursing staff are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified.

Staff Skill Mix
65% RN; 15% CERTs

Nurse-Patient Ratio
There is no specific nurse-patient ratio in the Emergency Department

Organizational Structure
Our organizational structure follows the Shared Governance model. It is made up of nurse managers, associate nurse managers, clinical staff nurses, patient care technicians (PCTs), secretaries and administrators.

Pediatric ER
Pediatric ER UPC Members (front row, l-r)
Haidee Deleon, RN, Patricia Mazzeo, RN – Secretary, Marlene Dessources, RN
(back row, l-r) Patrick Bethel, SERT – Co-chair, Mirda Merisier, RN, Andrea Randley, HUS, Richard Sobel, RN – Chair, Michael Mitchell, SERT