Casual PACU RN

Minneapolis, MN
Jun 14, 2018
Jul 14, 2018
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Department hours of operation 6AM-10PM rotating shifts. Monday-Friday, no weekends, ICU experience required, certifications in CPAN/CAPA preferred. Will rotate through areas of pre-op Phase I and Phase II recovery.
Full-time 2 week orientation is required.


The PACU/Surgery Center (SC) provides care for patients pre and postoperatively. The PACU has 21 patient postoperative units and the SC has 27 preop and Phase II recovery beds. On average, the PACU/SC provides care for 25-40 patients per day. The SC is use to prepare and assess the patient just prior to surgery and to perform the Phase II recovery and prepare patient for discharge. The PACU recovery area is used for Phase I recovery from anesthesia and then patients are moved to Phase II area or admitted to a med/surg floor. The PACU/SC is also utilized for patients that receive anesthesia in other clinical settings (GI, ECT, cardiology, IR etc.). The top diagnoses in the PACU include cardio-thoracic/peripheral vascular disease, benign and malignant prostate/bladder disease, degenerative joint disease, Spine surgery, malignant colo-rectal disease, major ENT reconstructive surgery and bowel herniation.

PACU/SC nurses need to demonstrate competency caring for a diverse patient population including, but not limited to ENT, Urology, Orthopedics, Cardiothoracic, Vascular, Colo-Rectal, Neurosurgery, Plastics, General, Gynecology, Eye and Dental Surgeries.
The top 5 Diagnoses include:
Total Knee Arthroplasty
Total Hip Arthroplasty
Abdominal surgery
Vascular Bypass Surgery
The most frequent nursing problems/nursing diagnosis:
Pain management
Alteration in neuro and respiratory status related to post anesthesia recovery
Alteration in hemodynamic status related to surgical procedure, blood loss and anesthesia.
Potential for infection related to surgical procedure, wound management and healing process.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status No

Promotion Potential 3


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