Hello all... I have been offered, well, not the position exactly, but a VERY good chance to obtain a position in my hospital's PACU. I have VERY much been looking to make a change.. having been a med/surge nurse for two years, and a med/surge tech on the same unit, for four years prior to that!
So, before I really let the director of Surgery know that I'm interested... I have lots of questions. How many of you have gone from Med/Surge to PACU, and what was your impression? What is a typical shift like for a typical PACU nurse? What is a patient load for you? Do you just care for one patient at a time, until they are stable and ready to transfer to the floor?
The actual ONE thing that is keeping me from JUMPING on this position is the hours... 11am to 7:30 pm, M-F. The M-F part is fine, as is working five days a week instead of just three. =) What I hate is those HOURS. Right now I work nights, 7p to 7a, and I'm very burned out on working night shift. I have been very much wanting a nice, *DAY* shift, M-F job. This isn't exactly what I wanted... but you know, I have to start SOMEWHERE. I am interested in PACU nursing but I know that an early day shift job isn't going to fall into my lap... I know I'll probably have to start with the later shift job. I just hate that this is going to interfere with my hobby of doing community theatre... no attending any rehearsals for some time.
I REALLY want to try this, though!! What do you all think? Would it be worth the sacrifice? To have the chance to do THIS, and get the *heck* out of Med/Surge too? :wink2: