Ambulatory Surgical Center - Post Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse (FT), Days
Company: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Full-time, 40 hours, 5 days/week, 8 hour shifts
Post Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse - Ambulatory Surgery
Center (PACU RN) provides care to patients in accordance with ASPAN
(Association Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses) guidelines. PACU RNs
provide care and support to patients before, during, and after
surgery. PACU RNs may also provide care in the Pre-Admission
Testing and Day Surgery settings with responsibilities as specified
Practices consistently with applicable state nursing practice
regulations, applicable ASC policies and procedures, and the ANA
Code of Ethics.
Verifies patient identity (using 2 identifiers), planned
surgical procedure, and review of expectations with patient and
Reviews patient pre-admission assessment and history inclusive
of medications, physical and sensory limitations, screening of
sleep disorders, and presence of external or implantable medical
devices, laboratory and radiology findings. upon that information
as necessary. Completes day of surgery testing such as pregnancy
testing, EKG, or radiology studies.
Receives and cares for post-operatively. Performs assessment of
vital signs, oxygen saturation, capnography, and pain level.
Assesses for symptoms of post-operative/post-anesthesia nausea and
vomiting and treats per patient specific orders.
Monitors surgical site(s) for excessive bleeding, discharge,
swelling, hematoma, redness, or any other signs and symptoms of
complications and reports relevant change to surgeon or anesthesia
Assures safety of discharge to the next level of care based on
patient assessment according to discharge criteria.
Assures availability of adaptive equipment if needed,
responsible escort home, and safe home care plan. Reviews discharge
instructions and follow up with responsible family/others
Communicates with colleagues professionally, with commitment to
maintaining a respectful workplace culture and a safe learning
Complies with policies, procedures, and area-specific
expectations related to maintaining a safe environment of care.
Initiates reporting or action when needed to address safety
Complies with policies, procedures and area-specific
expectations related to medication safety.
- Complies with policies, procedures and area-specific
expectations related to:
a. patient identification and specimen labeling activities
b. documentation of patient information and patient care
c. dependability, attendance, and scheduling
Participates in staff meetings, required learning, attestation,
competency, and training activities according to area-specific and
organizational expectations. Independently monitors email and other
communications as necessary to meet these expectations.
- Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Graduate from an accredited Nursing Program required.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) preferred with at
least 1 year of experience in an ASC.
Associate Degree (ADN) prepared nurses with 2 years'
Prior ASC or PACU experience a must.
Required Licensure/Certification Skills:
Licensed Registered Nurse in New Hampshire required.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate required
Advanced Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
CPAN/ CAPA Certification Preferred
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