I am very interested in becoming a PACU nurse in a level 2 trauma hospital. I am relatively new nurse with medsurg/critical care experience and I want to try something different - something that isn't so much of floor nursing. So, what is the role of a PACU nurse?
I know it's patients coming from OR and they are pretty much recovering from anesthesia. I know great assessment skills is definitely needed- and pain management is a role. Versed is a PACU nurse's friend. I believe that the patient isn't in there for too long...from about 30 minutes up to a few hours? Ratio is 1:1 maybe 1:2 - I am not really sure that's why I want other nurse's voice in this. So, here's a few questions.
1. What is the nurse patient ratio?
2. How long are patients on the floor?
3. Are there scheduled medications like home meds given or is it just pain management and Versed, if needed?
4. Is PACU available in 12 hour shifts and night shifts - which is what I prefer.
5. Is there much family present?
6. Why do people say ICU is required? What for?
7. Are tasks usually done - such as blood draws, IV starts, foley insertions, etc...?
8. Are vented patients on PACU floors?
9. Is there RT present?
10. What is your typical day like? What is the actual role?
Any input is very much appreciated. Thanks!