Clinic nursing to PACU


Hi all!

I'm debating on applying for a 3/12 PACU position. Currently I'm a nurse manager in an outpatient ENT clinic Mon-Fri 8-5 (have been there for about 6 months). With the recent Covid craziness, by husband and I have decided that it'd be better for our family and situation if I worked a 3/12 schedule.

I started my nursing career as a new grad in the surgical ICU - stayed there for about a year and felt that was enough for me. I wasn't terribly fond of bedside nursing at the time and was quite intimidated. I truly didn't belong there as a new grad. I then spent the next 3 years as a geriatric primary care nurse, which I loved. I've become much more confident and feel my critical thinking has grown tremendously, the only concern I really have is that my skills are rusty, I can't even tell you the last time I started an IV. PACU has always interested me, I just want to make sure I know what I'm getting into.

Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

Check out the PACU specialties forum. You might as well go for it. I wouldn't admit that my skills were "rusty". I also would not take the position , if the orientation is not adequate to get you up to speed.

Good luck.