There are good and bad points to this idea of ICU recovering pts. I am a retired PACU nurse, and we were not ICU nurses where I worked. There many facets of ICU care that we were not that familiar with, such as ART lines etc. For that reason, most patients that were going to ICU after surgery, went directly to the unit. If a patient was still intubated from the surgery, because they were not reversed, they never left the OR until they were at least breathing on their own. A pt who is still intubated is much safer than a patient who is not, under those conditions. So it shouldn't matter to ICU if they are or are not intubated. Our theory was that the patient would receive better care by the ICU nurse who knows about all the different lines. The person performing Anesthesia should be in close contact with you anyway, as far as any medications are concerned, and should leave you orders for any meds needed. Many of the meds we used in the PACU were also used in the ICU, with the possible exception of Fentanyl, a very short acting drug, for pain, but also used sometimes with induction.
I must add that ours was a fairly small, but growing Community Hospital. Our ICU nurses always liked to get their own patients, they felt that they could take better care of them than we could.!!