Position : Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
High School graduate or GED certificate recipient.
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Virginia.
Current BCLS and ACLS certification.
The surgical site itself requires ongoing evaluation for potential bleeding or other pathological indications.
The PACU nurse is in charge of assessing the patient’s overall condition during the delicate post-anesthesia period, providing care and intervention as needed.
Documentation and patient education are also components of this critical nursing discipline.
In outpatient surgical settings, it’s the PACU nurse who instructs patients in self-care techniques following the procedure.
PACU nurses must be able to think critically, make confident decisions in a fast-paced clinical environment and communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary team.