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The Children's Way

Our obligation and values 

Icon of two kidsKids first. It's all about the kids. We are inspired by children — they are optimistic, resilient and see endless possibilities. We channel that spirit, bringing courage and curiosity to find better solutions and do the right thing. 

  • I take it personally to create a safe environment, free from harm. 
  • I speak up when there is a better way or I'm concerned because "good enough" doesn't work at Children's. 
  • I make decisions that prioritize the needs of kids. 
  • I understand that health equity starts with me, and I strive to treat each person as they would like to be treated. 
  • I embrace the spirit of a child, applying a sense of joy, wonder, playfulness and fun to my work. 

Listen icon illustrationListen, really listen. Each person has a story to tell, so we listen with compassion, ask meaningful questions, and build trusting relationships with individuals and communities. We respect each person's uniqueness. 

  • I am present in every conversation. I take time and give my full attention to others. 
  • I respond to what's being said with words and body language. I work to make it safe for others to share their opinions, ask questions and tell their stories. 
  • I manage my reactions. I understand the power of my words and body language, and commit to considering their impact on others. 
  • I appreciate opinions different from my own and seek to understand the situation from the other person's point of view. 
  • I ask questions to learn more about each individual's beliefs and priorities. I show respect by using people's names whenever possible. 

Outcomes icon of a graphOwn outcomes. Results define us, so we are all in 200% — accountable to ourselves and to one another to provide extraordinary service. We are tireless in our pursuit of excellence and never stop learning and improving. 

  • I do my best. I know what's expected of me. I know what I'm good at and where I can improve. 
  • I help others to be their very best. I go above and beyond. I always ask "What more can I do?" and never, ever say "It's not my job."
  • I view feedback as a gift. I seek and also provide honest and constructive feedback in the moment. 
  • I try out new ideas and learn from what goes well as well as what doesn't go as planned. 
  • I identify and solve problems quickly. 

Icon of shaking handsJoin together. We are stronger together with our patients, families, community and one another. Super teams trump super heroes. We are all caregivers. 

  • I view us as one Children's team, working toward the same goal. 
  • I collaborate with others and trust the skills we each bring to the team. 
  • I communicate often and clearly. I don't assume that I'm understood. 
  • I think of the impact on others before making any decision. 
  • I believe my mistakes create opportunities for improvement and I share what is learned from them with others. 

Star iconBe remarkable. Kids are counting on us to deliver an experience unlike any other. We are innovators, reimagining what health care can be today and in the future. We go beyond what's expected because we have higher standards. We love our work and we let it show. 

  • I give whatever makes me special and am generous with my time, creativity and support of others. 
  • I never overlook someone who needs help or something that needs attention. 
  • I am positive. I expect the best and give my best to find a real connection with each person I meet and personalize my approach so each person feels unique. 
  • I care. I anticipate the needs of others and take action. 
  • I do whatever it takes to provide the best service. 

Diagnosing and Treating Pediatric Appendicitis

D0022 INT RES NIH-Grant infographicClick to enlarge infographicAbdominal pain is one of the most common reasons children visit the emergency department. Appendicitis is the most frequent surgical emergency in pediatrics, affecting approximately 80,000 children in the U.S. every year. At Children's Minneapolis and St. Paul emergency departments our pediatric surgeons perform about 750 appendectomies every year.

To help improve pediatric care for children across the U.S., clinicians at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are currently working with non-pediatric emergency departments to diagnose appendicitis without using CT scans whenever possible. It's one of the first implementation studies funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for pediatric emergency medicine and could positively affect millions of children. Learn more [link to news page] about this grant. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the appendix? The appendix is a small, finger-like pouch that hangs off of the large intestine.
  • What is appendicitis? When the appendix becomes swollen and infected, doctors call that appendicitis.
  • Who is most likely to get appendicitis? It is most common in children between 8-16 years of age, but children (or adults) of any age can get it. There is no way to predict who will be affected by appendicitis, or when.
  • Can appendicitis be prevented? There is no way to prevent appendicitis.
  • Why does a child get appendicitis? There isn't always an obvious reason, but it's typically due to bacteria stuck inside the appendix.
  • How is appendicitis diagnosed? Every scenario is different, but generally, Children's physicians will first perform a physical evaluation and review the child's medical history. Then, depending if the patient is at low, medium or high risk, additional tests such as blood and urine tests, or ultrasounds and CT scans, may be used. At Children's we are typically able to diagnose about 80-percent of patients without using a CT scan.
  • Are CT scans safe for children? CT scans can negatively impact children's health due to the radiation exposure. Our teams know children are more than just "small adults" and their organs and bodies are especially sensitive to radiation. Since our physicians are specialized in pediatric medicine they are able to diagnose most patients using a physical evaluation and less-invasive tests.
  • How is appendicitis treated? A surgical procedure to remove the appendix is recommended in most cases. Patients are under anesthesia during the surgery so they don't feel any pain. The appendix is removed in a surgery is called an appendectomy and is one of the most common surgeries performed at a pediatric hospital. The surgery itself is quick, typically lasting 30 to 60-minutes, and may require a few days in the hospital to recover, especially if the appendix ruptured before removal.
  • Why do you need to remove the appendix? If the infected appendix isn't removed in time, it can burst and spread infection throughout the abdomen which can be fatal.
  • Why bring my child to Children's ER if I suspect he or she is suffering from appendicitis? We perform more appendectomies than any hospital in the state. Our surgeons are specialized in pediatric medicine, and they understand kids' bodies aren't just "small adults" – and know how to diagnose and give the most effective treatments possible.
  • How do I care for my child after surgery and what is the typical recovery timeline? After an appendectomy, your child may stay in the hospital for a few days of recovery, especially if the appendix ruptured prior to being removed. Most children recover from an appendectomy fairly quickly and can return to normal activities within one to two weeks.


5 Signs of Appendicitis

Appendicitis -- Why my child?


We know pediatric emergency medicine

  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota performs more pediatric appendectomies than any other facility in the state
  • Children's Minneapolis and St. Paul emergency departments treat more kids than any other hospital emergency department in the state
  • Our emergency departments are staffed with a team of pediatric physicians, nurses and technicians 24/7

Careers at Children's

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About Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children's serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children's maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children's health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. An award-winning health system, Children's is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children's hospital and by The Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency.

Explore career opportunities

Work in an outstanding, family-centered hospital that's just for kids. Join colleagues who share your compassion for helping children, in a family-centered environment. Enjoy life in the Twin Cities, one of America's most livable urban environments. Learn more about Children's values.

Physician and Physician Assistant opportunities 

We offer an exciting and state of the art place to work for Physicians and Physician Assistants. We are currently recruiting for physicians and physician assistants in a variety of areas. If you are interested in these opportunities or want to explore advanced practice opportunities within Children's, please contact our Physician Recruitment office via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at 612-813-8106. PLEASE NOTE: This contact information is only for those inquiring about physician and advanced practice opportunities. View physician opportunities » 


Explore opportunities to join our nursing team! We currently have opportunities available for experienced nurses in a number of in-patient hospital units and ambulatory clinics. If you are a new grad, explore our New Graduate RN training program offered two to three times per year. View nursing opportunities »

Internships, Residency Programs and Fellowships

At Children's we believe it's important to create a culture of learning and development. We provide extraordinary opportunities for various stages of professional growth. Learn more about these opportunities below:

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