Pre-Op/PACU Nurse PRN:

Job Summary:

DCHUX is seeking a qualified Pre-Op/PACU Nurse to administer diligent care to

outpatients via monitoring, assessment, intervention, and continuous reassessment. The PACU nurse will provide care for post-operative patients recovering from general, regional, and local anesthesia.


• Full-time, Part-time or PRN

• DC License

• Reports to PACU Nurse Administrator

• Assess, instruct & prepare patients prior to surgery

• Ensure that operative and informed consents are signed and correct

• Take and record vital statistics of patients to ensure readiness for surgical procedure

• Initiate IVs and ensure patients are informed about procedure

• Assess patients’ post-operative condition

• Monitor vital signs and other measurements of progress, meeting discharge criteria

• Log all findings in patient files

• Perform check on equipment and medication inventory

• Assist in post-operative calls to patients

• Answer patient questions and ensure patient comfort

• Monitor patients for condition changes, reporting any changes to physician

• Perform intervention duties during postoperative emergencies

• Current Registered Nurse license and BCLS, ACLS. PALS certification preferred, but not required

• Candidate must possess general clinical competency in acute patient care

• Candidate must demonstrate aptitude for maintaining pace of abbreviated patient encounters, keeping patient flow to two hour or less stay in post-operative care.

• Candidate must demonstrate ability to gather pertinent medical history and provide concise instruction for pre-operative and post-operative care

• Specialized knowledge, skill and abilities in empirical & practical perioperative nursing

• Advanced knowledge in critical care practice of nursing

• Previous 2 years PACU experience is preferred


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