I've been browsing this forum to get an idea about PACU nursing. I worked in the PICU for 1.5 years (miss it). My current position (Ped ED in community hosp.) has great hours but the environment is negative and I am not using any of my critical care skills. I am like a robot going through the motions when I am at work. The hours in the PACU are great for a working mom such as myself but I wonder about my previous experience. I read an old post that basically said PACU is a where you go after ICU. What do you seasoned PACU nurses suggest is a sufficient amount of ICU experience to make a competent PACU nurse ?