Quote from Lefty26
I applied to dental hygiene school but an now having second thoughts and cannot stop thinking about the possibility of nursing. PACU interests me specifically after recently having surgery and viewing the role of nurses first hand. Do you like your job? I love to stay busy at work and enjoy helping people. How do you deal with seeing people that have passed away? Do you get used to it? That's my biggest hang-up, but I guess you get used to it. The variety of fields in nursing is enticing as opposed to doing the same thing everyday in dental hygiene. Please tell me why you chose nursing and if it's what you expected once you got in.
PACU is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you're going to get.
In our level one trauma hospital, we take all comers.
You may come on shift and have 4 ICU patients waiting for you, 7 more cases to come, and several people waiting to go to phase 2.
Night shift is always unpredictable in PACU--something about those quiet hallways.
Since we are a level 1 trauma center, we quite naturally get those friday night mva's, domestic altercations etc...who just happen to have been drinking and/or druging. they then undergo general anesthesia, subsequently wake up, still drunk and/or druged, and promptly proceed to vomit all over themselves, and any handy nurse. post-op etoh-combo anethesia breath is the absolute worst!!!!
of course there are other cases, which are rewarding, and others which are just plain sad. it all comes with the territory.
to cut to the chase, i like PACU because it is never dull.
hope this helps