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At Cook Children's, we have made a promise to improve the health of every child in our region. In order to keep our promise, we provide the best available tools, education and resources to all clinical practitioners at Cook Children's, and those we partner with throughout the communities we serve.

Professional education

Weekly pediatric Grand Rounds and Case Conferences offer health care professionals ongoing opportunities to learn from experts in pediatric health care and receive continuing education at the same time.

Educational events, such as weekly pediatric Grand Rounds, workshops, conferences and symposiums, offer health care professionals opportunities to learn from experts in pediatric health care and receive continuing education at the same time.

Our professional education programs also offer certification and recertification courses in all American Heart Association courses such as Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. We also offer certification courses for trauma nurses, emergency nurses, and chemotherapy providers.

Pharmacy

Cook Children's onsite retail pharmacy (682-885-3142) offers added convenience for your patients and families. We specialize in medications for babies, children, teens and young adults. Our services include:

  • Filling prescriptions before leaving the medical center or doctor appointment
  • Specialty pediatric compounding is done onsite
  • Injectable medications
  • FREE RX flavoring – 10 basic and unlimited custom, yummy flavors
  • In most cases, we can deliver filled prescriptions to the child's room or the specialty clinic
  • We offer a selection of over-the-counter medicines
  • Consultations with our pharmacists
  • Refills by phone
  • Reminder calls, texts or emails to alert when prescriptions are ready
  • Automatic refill service is available
  • Easy prescription transfers—give us the prescription number and the name and number of the current pharmacy and we'll take care of the rest
  • Coming Soon! Cook Children's Online Pharmacy

Backed by our system pharmacy

Cook Children's pharmacies process thousands of medication orders every day. Our pharmacists review each order to check the dose, route, frequency, indication, allergy and interaction accuracy.

What that means to you and your child is expertise you can trust. Our pharmacy provides medications and information to health care providers taking care of patients in the medical center, outpatient surgery center, clinics, infusion suites, treatment rooms, and procedure areas of the medical center and Dodson Specialty Clinics, as well as many of our medical offices across northeast Texas.

Home health

Sometimes kids need long-term care, or will heal better in a familiar setting. We provide quality, patient-centered care in the comfort of home. Led by a clinical team with vast experience in pediatrics.

In addition to working closely with you, our services offer your patients the highest level of quality care and the support of an entire health care system. Services include:

  • Durable medical equipment
  • Nursing and home care specialists
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Cranial asymmetry
  • Custom fabrication in our on-site lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation
  • 24/7 service

At Cook Children's Home Health, we focus on making sure kids get quality care in the comfort of home. We will strive to ensure that:

  • All patients and families are treated with respect, dignity and compassion.
  • Customer confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
  • All services furnished to customers are high quality and provided in the right place and at the right time.
  • All employees are treated as professionals.

To make a referral:

Call us at our locations listed below and a Cook Children's Home Health representative will assist you.

Fort Worth area
682-885-6294 phone
800-747-8242 toll-free
682-885-8409 fax

Dallas area
214-596-9508 phone
800-747-8242 toll-free
214-596-9147 fax

Austin area
800-747-8242 toll-free

Referrals may be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, an answering service will connect referring physicians or clinicians to the on-call nurse.

Nursing

Cook Children's Medical Center is proud to be a Magnet-designated organization since 2006. This recognition of quality patient care and nursing excellence has been achieved by only 7 percent of health care organizations nationwide. Since then, Cook Children's has been re-designated two more times, in January 2011 and again in March 2016. This recognition of quality patient care and nursing excellence has been achieved by only a very small percentage of health care organizations nationwide.

Awards and recognition may keep us in the spotlight, but it's our hearts that make Cook Children's truly unique. Our nurses are proud to work here not only because we are Magnet designated, but because of our shared values, our promise and our commitment to our patients. We have a tremendous group of compassionate and collaborative nurses who go above and beyond every day they come to work.

Nursing at Cook Children's Medical Center is about caring. Care for our patients and colleagues is guided by the following principles:

  • Commitment to quality family-centered care
  • Respect for individuality and diversity
  • Combining the art of caring with the science of nursing to provide evidence-based care
  • Collaboration to coordinate care across the spectrum of health and illness
  • Critical thinking in carrying out the nursing process to achieve best practice
  • Provide an environment that supports innovation, learning, mentoring, advancement, and professional development
  • Practicing within and maintaining a safe care environment

Learn more about nursing at Cook Children's here.

Nursing resources

Cook Children's is interested in helping you advance your nursing career. We encourage you to use the links below to explore advance certification, membership in professional organizations, and the Texas Nursing Practice Act.

School nurses

Today's school nurse in the primary and secondary schools faces many unique challenges. Cook Children's is here to support you. Together we can meet the region's growing pediatric health needs. We offer health resources and information to help you met your everyday challenges.

Continuing education

Cook Children's offers summer symposiums and webcasts in the spring and fall specifically for the school nurse. In addition, school nurses are welcomed and encouraged to attend any of our professional events. We also offer community courses to meet the needs of children in our region. To learn more about all Cook Children's is doing to improve child health in our region, go to The Center for Children's Health website. School Nurse Resources

The school nurse's office can be a hectic place. Quick access to useful references can help school nurses provide appropriate and expedient care. Cook Children's is providing these references to assist school nurses in the care of children.

Student and family resources

Families in need don't always know where to go for available non-emergency health and human services in their community. School nurses play a key role in helping students and families find and access community resources. Cook Children's is pleased to provide you with documents and websites to assist you in that role.

School nurse resources

The school nurse's office can be a hectic place. Quick access to useful references can help school nurses provide appropriate and expedient care. Cook Children's provides references to assist school nurses in the care of children.

School nurse advisory council

The Cook Children's School Nurse Advisory Council was created in collaboration with area school health providers to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease, and injury.

Council goals:

  • Identify and improve educational gaps for school nurses through the development of targeted educational activities and online resources
  • Improve coordination of care and communication between the school health provider and Cook Children's physician offices, area clinics, and specialty departments
  • Provide updates on community resources in areas such as injury prevention, oral health, mental health, and immunizations.

Contact:

  • Amanda Mrstik
    Cook Children's Health Care System
    801 Seventh Avenue
    Fort Worth, Texas 76104
    682-885-3841
    682-885-6140 - FAX
    amanda.mrstik@cookchildrens.org

Patient care orientation

To provide an optimal learning experience, we offer a combination of instructor-led and computer-based training for our patient care providers during Patient Care Orientation.

Healthcare providers who administer medications must score 100% on a medication calculation test prior to administering medications. However, you will have time to complete the problems in class before testing. You may use a calculator on the test, so please bring your calculator with you to orientation.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Stephen RN, MSN, CPN at 682-885-4174. I look forward to seeing you in Patient Care Orientation. My goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in your orientation.

Clinical internships and residencies

Nursing externship program

Cook Children's nursing externship program offers an exceptional pediatric learning opportunity to enhance the extern's role transition, reinforcement of skills, and development of new knowledge.

Nurse externs complete a 10-week program beginning in late May consisting of clinical experience and classroom activities. Externs may select placement from a varied list of clinical units.

BSN students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who will have completed 2 clinical courses may apply to Cook Children's nursing externship program.

Learn more here

Nurse residency program

The post-baccalaureate pediatric nurse residency program at Cook Children's is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Cook Children's is a 443-bed Magnet-designated hospital. We are a nationally ranked tertiary-level, state-of-the-art regional medical center.

Interested? Learn more

Child Life program

Our child life specialists work with kids and families to make their visit to the medical center easier and more comfortable.

Feeling sick, getting injured, being in strange surroundings, experiencing painful procedures, changes in routine and separation from family and friends can all add up to stress and anxiety for a child or teenager. Child Life staff members recognize that hospitalized children still need opportunities to just be kids. They help children and families cope with a hospital experience by providing emotional and developmental support, giving honest information geared to the child’s level of understanding and providing fun activities.

The Child Life program at Cook Children's supports unique opportunities for child life students.

The Child Life Zone broadcast studio internship program

The CLZ is a state-of-the-art environment that offers a different kind of "medicine." At the CLZ, we think games, art, music, creativity and imagination are great therapy and deliver a big dose of fun to help kids feel better.

Pharmacy student opportunities

The Cook Children's post-graduate, year one residency program offers residents an opportunity to develop clinical pharmacy practice skills in a challenging and progressive environment.

Respiratory student opportunities

Respiratory therapists at Cook Children's Medical Center work as part of a multi-professional team to provide quality care to neonatal and pediatric patients. Respiratory therapists care for patients experiencing breathing problems and cardiopulmonary disorders.

Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library

The purpose of the Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library is to actively support all aspects of patient care, clinical research and education, by providing timely and relevant information and resources to medical and healthcare system staff, patients and their families, students and the community. This goal is accomplished by identifying and providing reference services and appropriate reference tools; acquisition and organization of current print, non-print, and electronic materials; and access to additional resources through document delivery services and the Internet.