I just got a call for an interview for PACU/day surgery nursing in 3 days, and I'm not totally sure what PACU nursing consists of... I've been on night-shift on an orthopedic floor for 2 years, am rather bored/plateauing and would like to go to days. A couple of days ago, I applied for two of those rare day shift positions before they got snatched up. I figured, "Leap and a net will appear." I was hoping for the stepdown position, but I got a call back just today for a PACU/day surgery position.
(FYI, my qualifications: RN, BSN, ACLS, and just got ANCC med-surg certification, plus the 2 years on an orthopedic/med-surg floor on night shift.)
I do want to move into a more acute area - stepdown or ICU - so I figured PACU was something along those lines. I just did a bit of Internet research, and several posts said that you usually need critical care or ER experience BEFORE going into PACU.
The job description did say it was for both "day surgery and PACU," and that position will be determined after orientation. So, does it sound more reasonable that the interviewer is focusing on me for a surgery position? Does it sound totally off the reservation that she would consider me for PACU? I know that some places will take new grads for ICU or stepdown - is PACU more difficult than ICU?
1) Am I out of my depth to interview for PACU?
2) Can anyone give me some kind of picture of what day surgery and PACU are like
? Day-to-day working conditions? What does a PACU look like? I've only been in an OR once, during clinicals, for a C-section, and have never seen a PACU. I'd like to have something relevant to say for the interview!
I know I sound kind of like a bumbling idiot; I want to go to days, and to more critical care; I just don't want to kill anyone or fall flat on my face or lose my license while doing it!