Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners Group Photo

The Mott PICU Nurse Practitioner Program began in 2006. Our very own longstanding PICU bedside nurse, Janella Reske, was the founding member. The program has grown its ranks to eleven, recruiting nursing expertise from diverse acute care settings. The nurse practitioners are integrated team members, practicing shoulder-to-shoulder with physician counterparts. In addition to providing vital direct patient care to all types of PICU patients, they are also an outstanding educational resource for rotating residents and beginning fellows, and provide valuable continuity with their 7-days-a-week, 365 days-a-year presence on the unit. Nurse practitioners in the Mott PICU are also actively engaged in research, patient safety, and quality improvement activities.

Vision Statement:

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Nurse Practitioner Program strives to provide inclusive, holistic, evidence-based care to critically ill children and their families.

Mission Statement:

The PCCM-NP Program is a group of advanced practice registered nurses with specialty certification in pediatrics within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

    • We advocate for and practice comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care to critically ill children and their families globally.
    • We advance nursing, medicine, and science through participation and planning of both single- and multi-centered clinical trials, patient safety, and quality improvement initiatives. 
    • We participate in Professional organizations at local, regional, state and national levels.
    • We educate interdisciplinary trainees and Hospital Staff.


Kaitlyn Bayliss, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Hematology/oncology, neurocritical care, acute kidney injury, CRRT, pediatric ARDS, ECMO

Research interests: Pediatric sepsis

Hospital/Unit Committee: NeuroCritical Care Conference, Burn Quality Control Committee

Lindsay Blount

Lindsey Blount, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical Interests: Multiple organ dysfunction, immune dysregulation disorders, sepsis

Research Interests: Immunomodulation in pediatric sepsis, multi-disciplinary teams in pediatric care


  • Takabatake Y, Swigart L, Koressel L, Weinstein J, Heald-Sargent T. Caution With COVID-19: Infant With Fever and Hepatosplenomegaly. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2022 May;61(4):320-324. doi: 10.1177/00099228221075093. Epub 2022 Feb 3. PMID: 35114811.
  • Swigart LR, Sanchez-Pinto LN, Nolan BE, Seed PC, Coates BM. A specialized multi-disciplinary care program for children with sepsis and multiple organ dysfunction-associated immune dysregulation. Pediatr Res. 2022 Jan;91(2):464-469. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01891-y. Epub 2022 Jan 12. PMID: 35022559.
  • Badke CM, Swigart L, Carroll MS, Weese-Mayer DE, Sanchez-Pinto LN. Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction Is Associated With Re-hospitalization in Pediatric Septic Shock Survivors. Front Pediatr. 2022 Jan 4;9:745844. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.745844. PMID: 35059361; PMCID: PMC8764397.
  • Mithal LB, Arshad M, Swigart LR, Khanolkar A, Ahmed A, Coates BM. Mechanisms and modulation of sepsis-induced immune dysfunction in children. Pediatr Res. 2022 Jan;91(2):447-453. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01879-8. Epub 2021 Dec 24. PMID: 34952937.
Michelle Dokas

Michelle Dokas, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Cardiology/Cardiovascular Surgery, ECMO, Transplant, Renal Failure


  • Dokas, M. (2020). Preterm infant unable to wean from mechanical ventilation. Cases in Pediatric Acute Care; strengthening clinical decision making (pp. 247-249). Wiley Blackwell.
  • Dokas, M. A. (2019). Renal System.  ACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care Nursing (Third ed., pp. 445-478). Springer Publishing Company
  • Dokas, M. (2016). Support of cardiovascular function, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), ventricular assist devices (VAD). Lippincott Certification Review; Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner (162-163, 165-167). Wolters Kluwer.
Brandi Guyton

Brandi Guyton, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC

Clinical Interests: Sedation, Delirium Prevention, Palliative Care, Nutrition 


  • Kyle, T. (2021). Primary Care Pediatrics for the Nurse Practitioner: A Practical Approach. Springer Publishing Company
Kimberly Siebert, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Kimberly Kimbrel, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Bronchiolitis, ARDS, neurocritical care, extracorporeal support (ECMO, CRRT)

Research interests: PROSpect and other clinical trials in pediatric critical care

Hospital/Unit Committees: Prone positioning committee, employee wellness and engagement, MHealthy

Laura Meeker, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Laura Meeker, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Bronchiolitis, ARDS, ECMO, palliative care, nutrition, APRN role transitions
Research interests: Delirium, long-term effects of opiates and benzodiazapines on pediatric brain development, development of nurse-driven sedation, nutrition in critically ill children

Hospital/Unit Committee: Nutrition in critically ill children clinical practice guideline committee


Nicole Miller, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Nicole Miller, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Acute and chronic kidney injury, renal transplant

Research interests: Indwelling device-associated infections in the pediatric ICU

Hospital/Unit Committee: PICU central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) committee, pediatric APP professional development

Blythe Pollack, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Blythe Pollack, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC (@blythe_pollack)

Clinical interests: Pediatric Trauma/burn, ECMO, cardiac arrest and post arrest care, pediatric ARDS, acute kidney injury, CRRT, pharmacology/toxicity, moral distress, work-life integration      
Research interests: Resuscitation science and simulation, outcome research in cardiac arrest, early mobility in critical illness and with ECMO, outcomes after critical illness, APP utilization in pediatric critical care, methylene blue use in vasoplegic shock

Hospital/Unit Committee: P-ICECAP team member, PROSpect team member, Trauma liaison for PCCM, C&W APP Grand rounds planning committee, Mock code educational team, CPR/Code committee 

Academic: Adjunct clinical instructor University of Michigan School of Nursing, DNP mentor 


  • Pollack BE, Kirsch R, Chapman R, Hyslop R, MacLaren G, Barbaro RP. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Then and Now; Broadening Indications and Availability. Crit Care Clin. 2023 Apr;39(2):255-275. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2022.09.003. Epub 2022 Dec 22. PMID: 36898772. DOI: 10.1016/j.ccc.2022.09.003
  • Renke C, Callow L, Egnor T, Honstain C, Kellogg K, Pollack BE, Reske J, Robell S, Sinicropi N. Utilization of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as Adult Critical Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Novel Approach(link is external). J Pediatr Health Care. 2020 Jun 17. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.06.005. Epub ahead of print. PMCID: PMC7298478.
  • Pollack, BE. (2020). Infant with Generalized Weakness. Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making. Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.
  • Pollack, BE. & Sears, S. Infant with Neurological Changes and Respiratory Failure. Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making. Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.
  • Pollack, BE; Barbaro, R; Carlton, EF; 1441: Lactic Acidosis and Multisystem Organ Failure Following Ibuprofen Overdose Requiring Hemodialysis, Critical Care Medicine: January 2020 - Volume 48 - Issue 1 - p 697 doi: 10.1097/01.ccm.0000645680.39089.1e


Janella Reske

Janella Reske, MS, RN, CPNP (@JanellaReske)

Lead Nurse Practitioner

Clinical interests: Transplant, neurosurgical care, pediatric ARDS, sepsis, electronic medical record, delirium, nurse-driven sedation
Research interests: Targeted temperature management, PROSpect, clinical trials in pediatric critically ill patients
Hospital/Unit Committees: iPower, Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes (IPSO), Sedation Committee, Central APRN Committee


Stacey Sears, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Stacey Sears, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC (@StaceSears)

Clinical interests: Surviving sepsis campaign, ECMO management, PICU quality improvement, Burn management
Research interests: Improving pediatric sepsis outcomes, parental stress due to invasive procedures in the PICU, methylene blue in vasoplegic shock
Hospital/Unit Committees: Reducing Pediatric Sepsis Committee, C&W Morbidity & Mortality; PICU Local Improvement Team QI Champion

Academic: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care Specialty Coordinator, Wayne State University College of Nursing; Adjunct Leo Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Nursing


  • Harding, M. , Sorkin, T. , McCaffery, H. , Pizzo, M. , Punches, A. , Sears, S. & Odetola, F. (2020). Parental Acute Stress due to Invasive Procedures in the Pediatric Intensive care Unit. Critical Care Medicine, 48(1), 396. doi: 10.1097/01.ccm.0000631468.53581.17.
  • Pollack, B & Sears, S. Infant with Neurological Changes and Respiratory Failure. Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making. Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020
  • Mazloom, Anisha MD; Sears, Stacey M. DNP, CPNP-AC; Carlton, Erin F. MD, MSc; Bates, Katherine E. MD, MSHP; Flori, Heidi R. MD. (2023). Implementing Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines: Improving Compliance With Lactate Measurement in the PICU. Critical Care Explorations 5(4):p e0906, DOI: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000906
Stephanie Robell

Stephanie Wall, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Neurocritical care, shock, toxicology, simulation science, APRN orientation and education
Research interests: Diagnostic errors, PROSpect, clinical trials in pediatric critically ill patients, APRN education and training
Hospital/Unit Committee: Pediatric APP Professional Development Planning Committee, Neurocritical care co-lead


  • Schechtman, S.A., Flori, H.R., Thatcher, A.L., Almendras, G., Robell, S.E., Healy, D.W., Shah, N.J. (2021). The difficult airway navigator: development and implementation of a health care system’s approach to difficult airway documentation utilizing the electronic health record. A&A Practice, 15(5), e01455.
  • Renke C, Callow L, Egnor T, Honstain C, Kellogg K, Pollack B, Reske J, Robell S, Sinicropi N. Utilization of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as Adult Critical Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Novel Approach. J Pediatr Health Care. 2020 Jun 17. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.06.005. Epub ahead of print. PMCID: PMC7298478.
  • Robell, S; Van Damme, D. (2020). 40: Child with Fever and Sore Throat. Cases in Pediatric Acute Care: Strengthening Clinical Decision Making, Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.


Christine Renke

Christine Weber, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Acute kidney injury, CRRT

Research interests: Quality improvement, APRN education and training

Hospital/Unit Committee: Renovascular hypertension team, Pediatric APP Professional Development Planning Committee; Advanced Level on Nurse Practitioner-Professional Practice Ladder 

Other: University of Michigan School of Nursing Clinical Adjunct Faculty Network


Alexandria Worrell, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Clinical interests: Trauma, pediatric ARDS, mechanical ventilation, developmental milestone promotion in hospitalized children