Nursing at Children's Sibley Heart Center

Cardiac Nurses

Relationship-based Care (RBC) is the heart of nursing at Children’s. RBC focuses on three crucial relationships that are supported and sustained by a caring and healing environment. These relationships are the nurse’s relationships with patients and families, colleagues and self.

The nurse/patient relationship is the foundation of patient care. In the Michael P. Fisher Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), our patient assignments are patient-centered and promote the continuum of care. Coordination of care is driven by the priorities of each patient’s needs, and we invite families to take part in this coordination through our family-centered rounds.

We recognize, reward and support each other in a variety of ways. From unit activities to support groups, we believe how we care for each other is directly connected to our ability to provide world-class cardiac care to patients.

Nearly half the eligible nurses in the CICU are CCRN (Certified Critical Care Nurse) certified, which is just one example of dedicated skill, experience and passion.

    Rana Roberts, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A.
    Manager, Clinical Operations
      Leslie Brunson, R.N., B.S.N.
    Administrative Resource Nurse
    Laura Dalhover-Fernandez, R.N.
    Assistant Nurse Manager
      Coleeta Davis, M.S.N.-Ed., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Ashley Hauserman, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.
    Assistant Nurse Manager
      Heather Maude, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.
    Assistant Nurse Manager
    Teresa Weisgerber, R.N., B.S.N.
    Administrative Resource Nurse

    Beacon AwardThe American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognized our CICU with the Gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence. This national, three-year award praised our dedicated healthcare professionals as members of the exceptional community of nurses who set the standard for optimal patient care.



The Diseases Attacking the Immune System (DAISY) Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). When Patrick died, his parents felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the work that nurses do for patients and their families every day—this is the primary mission of the DAISY Foundation.

We are honored to have 11 Daisy Award recipients currently recognized in the CICU.

  • Sindu Chacko  
  • Brenda Jarvis                         
  • Phyllis Marchant
  • Menika Marshall
  • Janet McCants     
  • Danny Mejia        
  • Kathryn Morgan                                 
  • Vanessa Rodriguez
  • Jeremy Russie
  • Krissy Whitfield  
  • Belinda Widay