The PACU/Surgery Center (SC) provides care for patients pre and postoperatively. The PACU has 12 patient postoperative bays 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 used to prepare and assess the patient just prior to surgery and to perform Phase II recovery. This position rotates between Surgery Center and PACU. 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 - Urology Surgery - Vascular 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. - The specialized clinical skills/competencies the nursing staff must possess in order to competently provide care in PACU/SC are as follows: - PACU/SC nurses clean RME (Reusable Medical Equipment) per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). - The clinical skills/competencies the nursing staff must possess in order to competently provide care in PACU/SC are outlined in the "PACU/SC Orientation Phase I Competency Tool" revised 2020. The competency tool lists a wide variety of skills and procedures used in the SC/PACU units. Demonstration of these competencies will be supervised and validated by an instructor or preceptor. Verification of competencies will be in accordance with MVAMC policies and procedures Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Days/Evenings. May require call rotation for holidays, weekends, evening call back Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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