PACU RN Job Description

PACU RN Job Description

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PACU RN provides patient teaching pertinent to all surgical procedures.

PACU RN Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective PACU RN job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included PACU RN job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Participates in the preparation of staff development programs
Demonstrates proper airway management techniques (oral airway, extubation, pulse oximetry monitoring, O2 administration)
Demonstrates understanding of principles of hemodynamic monitoring and monitors patient according to policy (vital signs, temperature, cardiac)
Confirms that patient and family receives and verbalizes understanding of written discharge instructions
Conducts patient post procedure calls
Takes responsibility for careful and accurate handling and/or logging of narcotics
Complies with principles of hand hygiene, aseptic and sterile technique
Demonstrates knowledge related to maintenance and cleanliness of instruments and equipment
Restocks area daily, using appropriate par levels and daily stock sheets
Takes personal initiative to maintain current RN licensure, BCLS, ACLS, and PALS (if indicated) and other professional certifications current as defined by job role

PACU RN Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for PACU RN

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, PALS, BLS, ACLS, NIHSS, JPS, CPAN, TNCC, ONCC, ONS

Education for PACU RN

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the PACU RN job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Nursing, Science, Associate Degrees, Graduate, Patient Care, Teaching, School of Nursing, Nursing Program, Education, Healthcare

Skills for PACU RN

Desired skills for PACU RN include:

Surgical procedures and management of the surgical patient
Performance Improvement ideology
Airway maintenance
Emotional/social support of patients and families
Intravenous therapy
Medication administration and effects
Needed clinical competencies
Patient assessment
Patient teaching
Professional issues

Desired experience for PACU RN includes:

RN's working in this setting will be required to provide pre-operative and post-operative care for inpatient and outpatient surgicals, including ICU patients
2 years of Critical Care (ICU, ED) experience required
Minimum one year Critical Care/PACU RN experience preferred
May be exposed to marked changed in temperature and humidity, infectious diseases, hazardous waste, and
Effectively assesses and adjusts to changes in circumstances, resources, or environment, using the creativity and flexibility required to remain effective
Accepts responsibility for effective two-way communication using clear and well-organized oral and written techniques

PACU RN Examples

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PACU RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a PACU RN. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for PACU RN
  • Provide triage assessment, nursing diagnosis and evaluating all aspects of nursing care
  • Develops, individualizes and prioritizes patient’s plan of care daily in collaboration with patient, family and health team members that is sensitive to the patient’s cultural and spiritual needs to attain expected outcomes
  • Coordinates patient care
  • Identifies physical symptoms/changes and takes appropriate action in a timely manner
  • Observes behavioral and physiologic changes due to medications
  • Demonstrates ability to adequately assess and reassess pain
  • Carries out medical/surgical asepsis during treatments and special procedures
  • Provides explanations and teaching to patient/family, as necessary
  • Treats patients and families with dignity and respect
  • Completes work in acceptable time frame and in a way that is productive and effective
Qualifications for PACU RN
  • Current PALS preferred
  • Provides relationship-based care in which the nurse strives to understand what is most important to the individual and actively engage them in all aspects of care
  • Evaluates one’s own integrity and nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules and regulations
  • Solves straightforward quality improvement and safety problems
  • Minimum of one (1) year of work experience in PACU or similar area
  • All Registered Nurses without a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing must obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or higher within three (3) years of hire
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PACU RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a PACU RN. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for PACU RN
  • Is punctual and complies with department standards regarding attendance
  • Uses time effectively and actively participates in unit productivity and quality improvement initiatives of department
  • Continuously works to improve skills and interpersonal relationships
  • Continuously creates an exceptional experience with patients, families, providers and peers
  • Complies with all Fairview and departmental standards, policies and procedures
  • Acts in accordance with the Fairview Commitments and the Safety Always behaviors
  • Is punctual and complies with department standards regarding attendance and punctuality
  • Lead and coordinate teams, appropriately delegate, coordinate care and collaborates with others as equal members of the inter-professional care team to integrate nursing knowledge
  • Assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate patients’ care Develop, update and coordinate the patient’s plan of care to achieve patient goals and to optimize outcomes and transitions across the care continuum
  • Be accountable for safety, identifies and corrects problems, and integrates evidence, and best practice into nursing care
Qualifications for PACU RN
  • Pediatric/Adult Phase 1 and Phase 2 PACU
  • Mostly M-F but does require some weekend/night shift call Must possess good time management /teamwork/computer skills
  • All Registered Nurses without a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing must obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or higher within five (5) years of hire
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) must be from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) upon hire
  • Minimum of one (1) year of work experience in PACU preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a PACU or ICU setting
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PACU RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a PACU RN. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for PACU RN
  • Experience with airway emergencies
  • Certified Perianesthesia Nurse (CPAN) or Certified Ambulatory Peranesthesia Nurse (CAPA) preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in critical care, telemetry, or emergency room
  • Minimum of three (3) years experience as a clinical nurse in the medical/surgical or critical care inpatient setting
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in post anesthesia/sedation
  • Minimum 1-2 years previous RN experience in ER, ICU or high level step down unit required
Qualifications for PACU RN
  • 1 plus years of telemetry experience as a practicing Registered Nurse if assigned to POH, Endoscopy, Phase II Recovery or PACU
  • Must be able to work a 12 hour shift (as assigned)
  • National Certification in the area of Nurse Specialty specific to employment and relative to the patient care for Perioperative Services
  • 1 plus years of knowledge and experience using Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems
  • Acute care or PACU experience preferred
  • Successful completion of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) preferred
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PACU RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a PACU RN. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for PACU RN
  • Associates Degree in Nursing or Diploma
  • Bachelors in Nursing Required at Medical Center
  • BLS with skills demonstration
  • Demonstrated competence in Registered Nurse I performance expectations or meets experience requirements upon hire
  • Sitting, standing, walking, pushing, pulling – 30% - 50% of time
  • Twisting, climbing, balancing, kneeling, crawling, reaching, grasping, stooping, bending and repetitive movements – Up to 30% of time
Qualifications for PACU RN
  • Current TB test or x-ray
  • Prefer at least 1 year of Post Anesthesia (PACU) Registered Nurse (RN) experience
  • Must pass all Maxim screening exams with 80% or greater
  • ACLS and PALS certification per Post Anesthesia (PACU) Registered Nurse (RN) contract requirements
  • Physical exam per state or Post Anesthesia (PACU) Registered Nurse (RN) contract requirements
  • We can offer you a benefits package that will best suit your family’s needs
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PACU RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of PACU RN. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for PACU RN
  • Current Oklahoma Nursing License
  • Current Louisianas State RN Licensure
  • CPAN or CAPA
  • Hospital based PACU experience preferred
  • Two years prior perioperative PACU or Endoscopy nursing experience
  • Minimum of acute care experience within the last year
Qualifications for PACU RN
  • California R.N
  • BLS, ACLS within 6 months of employment in the position
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in PACU/Recovery
  • Tennessee Nursing License
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in PACU, ICU, ER, Step down unit, or orthopedic floor
  • Previous acute bedside experience

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