Nursing/Patient Care | Clinical Practice Areas

Nurses of all levels have the opportunity to specialize and advance their careers in many different clinical practice areas at Boston Children's.

Please explore Boston Children's Hospital inpatient, outpatient and procedural areas throughout our Community of Care locations. Visit our Centers and Services to learn more about each care area.

Inpatient care areas

Boston Children's has 400+ inpatient beds across the following clinical practice areas.

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery General Pediatrics/Medicine General Surgery Hematology/Oncology Inpatient Psychiatry Service (IPS) Intermediate Care Program (ICP) Medicine Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Neuroscience Orthopedics Solid Organ Transplant Stem Cell Transplant

Outpatient care areas

Our nurses have the opportunity to provide direct patient care in more than 214 specialties and outpatient settings.

Ambulatory Care Areas Emergency Department Perioperative Care Areas Procedural Areas

ICU nurse staffing ratios

MGL c. 111, sec. 231 was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on June 30, 2014. The law establishes patient assignment limits for registered nurses in intensive care units (ICUs) in acute hospitals licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and in hospitals operated by the Commonwealth. The law provides in part that “in all intensive care units the patient assignment for the registered nurse shall be 1:1 or 1:2 depending on the stability of the patient." 

Please click below for the staffing ratios in each of our intensive care units (ICUs) at Boston Children’s Hospital.