Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Specialty Areas


The Maternity Services includes 10 LDR (labor, delivery, recovery) rooms, 3 operating rooms and several postpartum and antepartum rooms.  All rooms are designed to create a comfortable atmosphere and are equipped to care for both low risk and high risk patients.  Family-centered care is provided by all of our 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.


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.


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.


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.


Pediatric acute care unit is an 56-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.


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 young adults. 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 CRRT team, ECMO team, PICU transport team, pediatric grief program, and peer support program.


4700 Step Down ICU is a 25-bed unit at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Our nurses work closely with our multidisciplinary teams to provide whole-person care in order to meet the physical, psychosocial, and developmental needs of pediatric patients and their families. The Step Down pediatric nurses take specialized pediatric and critical care classes and training to provide whole-person care to a wide variety of medical needs.

Our patient population ranges from infants to young adults. The acuity on this unit ranges from intermediate level of care to critically ill patients. Some of the most commonly treated conditions are:

• Respiratory diseases

• Neurological diagnoses

• Post-operative care

• Home Ventilator patients


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.


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)


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.


The Acute Adolescent Unit at Children’s Hospital is a 14 bed unit that cares for non-critical, medically acute patients ages 14 to 21. They specialize in caring for Severe Malnutrition patients and provide care that is focused on adolescent health making it the only dedicated unit in the Inland Empire designed just for adolescent patients. The Neurology Unit is a 14 bed unit that cares for neurology patients from birth up to 21 years of age. The Neurology Unit has 6 dedicated beds to care for EMU (Epilepsy Monitoring Unit) patients.


The intra-facility 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 inter-facility 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.


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.


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.


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.