Pacu??

  1. Hello all, it's been awhile since I last came to this website. I'm not in a nursing program just yet. I'm just doing research on what types of nursing is out there since I find all the different kinds of nursing fascinating. I've gotten some great information from some of the stickies on some of the forums here about what types of nursing are available. But I have yet to find what PACU stands for and what PACU nurses do? I would greatly appreciate an answer!

    Thank you!
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  3. by   EmmaG
  4. by   blondebritbrat
    Oh okay thank you so much!! That is actually something I'm interested in! I've just heard it referred to as "after surgery care" which I didn't think was the proper title. Thanks a lot!
  5. by   EmmaG
    I used to know it as 'the recovery room'.

    But then again, I'm old as dirt
  6. by   fmrnicumom
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    I used to know it as 'the recovery room'.

    But then again, I'm old as dirt
    Whoops, meant to hit quote and hit thanks. lol I heard it referred to as the recovery room when I had my son in 2005. Is it really that rare to call it that anymore?

    Thanks for the link, by the way!

    Tiffany
  7. by   EricJRN
    Good thread for the Nursing Career Advice Forum, so I moved it there.
  8. by   HealthyRN
    Quote from fmrnicumom
    Whoops, meant to hit quote and hit thanks. lol I heard it referred to as the recovery room when I had my son in 2005. Is it really that rare to call it that anymore?

    Thanks for the link, by the way!

    Tiffany
    I think you may be referring to "the recovery room" after having a child, which I believe is not actually the same as the PACU of today. I think an L&D nurse that has had training in recovery monitors women after C-sections.

    The PACU is where people recover immediately after surgery until they are awake and stable enough to either go to the ICU, floor, or home if it is an outpatient facility. PACU postions generally require a year or two of critical care nursing.

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