We run a Pain Management Center in the hospital I currently work at. The RN's work in 3 areas, Pre-procedure, Assisting with procedures or PACU. The nurse preop gets the pt hx, radiology reports, med list, vitals etc. The Procedure Nurse assists and documents during the procedure. The patient is taken to the PACU for observation for a short time and instruction are given and vitals are assessed. You will meet patients who have chronic to severe pain due to disease process or injury. It is a very fast paced are to work in, seeing anywhere from 12-40 patients a day. Many you will see regularly because of type of pain.