Hi everyone. I have been a med-surg nurse for 2 1/2 years. This was my first job after receiving my RN degree. I have been approached and recruited by the PACU department to consider working in PACU. I will be shadowing a nurse this week. How difficult is it to transition to PACU from med-surg? I will need to get EKG training and ACLS. To be honest, I am just getting comfortable in my med-surg position. However, I love the idea of weekends and holidays off. Also, I live directly across the street from the hospital so being on call is no issue. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Dec 6, '12
Being recruited to PACU with limited RN experience and no ICU/critical care is unusual. Obviously they see something in you that they like and it is a fantastic opportunity. You will learn more in six months than you have in your entire life. I would jump on this, as it can be difficult to get into PACU without experience. I would start looking at ACLS and care of the perioperative patient if you decide to take it. Good luck!