I'm starting in my first nursing position next week in the PACU. I know the nurse manager from school and she is an excellent teacher and I'm confident I will learn a lot and have a great experience. I am nervous since it is my first position and I have no experience in the PACU - except as a patient! I'd appreciate any tips for getting prepared - such as books- equipment - advice. I know this is going to be a challenge - but I'm a quick learner and more than ready to get my hands dirty! I am very excited and eager but I also don't want to mess up!! Anything you can suggest will be greatly appreciated!
Jul 2, '12
From my 8 months in PACU (not as a nurse but extern): Know EKG inside out (There is a pretty good book called rapid interpretation of EKG by Dale Dubin MD recommended by anesthesiologists and CRNAs), immediate postop surgery complications for different types of surgery and what to expect and do (I saw there are books for PACU nurses that have what they do for that procedures, what is normal, complications and what to do), different types of airway used during surgeries, post op pain medications and antiemetics. It depends if your PACU takes ICU patients, you will need to know vent, arterial lines (basically invasive lines)