I think we might work in the same PACU! It's sad but true that many hospitals do not place the emphasis on proper education and orientation like they used to. My hospital has really cut back training in ALL areas, ICU used to have an 8 week training course with a formal educator (CNS with CCRN), now it's all OJT with whoever you get assigned to that day. The director who cut all these orientation programs said "there's no need for all those classes, a trained monkey could show a power point presentation." :angryfire
Anyways, the PACU orientation was pretty slim for me but they did use the ASPAN peri-anesthesia course. It is a series of modules on all the different topics with a test at the end. However, it's pretty useless since it's not terrribly in depth (can't ask a binder full of paper questions!) plus if you're not working with an experienced PACU nurse on the types of cases, how can the information truly be learned?
Sorry that wasn't too helpful, but I feel you on the frustration with management and education on this one!