RRT -Want to be a PACU NURSE!
- 0Jan 7, '07 by JulesGAHi everyone! My sitiuation is a little different. I am a Registered Respiratory Therapist and have been for the last 10 years. I am currently in nursing school and graduate in May!:spin: I am VERY interested in becoming a PACU nurse when i graduate. I feel like my experiance in respiratory assessment and intervention would be a great assest for me in this area of nursing. I have been looking around and reading job opportunities in various PACU's and all i read is experiance, experiance, experiance....I was wondering if any of you knew if PACU's ever take new grads. I do have 10 years of experiance in Respiratory in ICU's..etc.... I really wanted to start working here when i graduate, so I was just wondering anyones opinion on that. Thanks
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- 0Apr 30, '08 by LisarnrrtI was (and still am) an RRT for 10 years before becoming a PACU nurse, so it is not impossible to make the transition. You may find it helpful to introduce yourself to and get to know the manager of the PACU at your hospital. If this doesn't work for you, then perhaps you may need to take a job in an ICU and then transfer later to the PACU.
I agree with you, my respiratory skills are extremely helpful to both myself and the rest of the nursing staff in the PACU. Hopefully your PACU's nurse manager will recognize these skills as mine did.