I need to get back to PACU!!!


  • Specializes in Surgical Floor, Clinic, PACU, ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Alright; so, I know I've said this before but I MUST GET BACK TO PACU!! I just need some advice (maybe just some amping up...I'm not exactly sure.) I was a PACU RN for 2.5 years before changing over to the ICU for 6 months before moving across the country to be with my military man and now I have been working nights in ICU for two and a half months here. I left PACU just to gain experience for CRNA school; something I thought I wanted to do and have since decided to forego. I have been trying to 'stick it out' because I'm just going to end up having to move again in about a year from now (gotta love the Army!); but, I just can't stand it anymore! My dilemma is this: there are two full-time PACU positions available at the hospital in which I currently work. I desperately want to apply; but, the employee handbook states that they "recommend spending at least one year in your hired position before requesting transfer to another unit." I can't apply without my Manager finding out and I'm, honestly, a total wuss; not to mention I'm afraid of the wrath that may be afflicted upon me should other members of the ICU team find out what I'm up to. What should I do?! Oh, I think it's also important to note that I applied for a PACU position at a neighboring (competing) hospital over a week ago and haven't heard anything back from them (and they have since removed the job posting from their website.) Any thoughts??

Specializes in PACU, OR.

Honesty still remains the best policy. As an experienced PACU nurse working at the same hospital it shouldn't be a problem; you're just moving sideways. Request a private meeting with your UM and put your cards on the table. It's more fair to her if she knows you're looking for a way out, and you may be able to negotiate to stay for as long as it takes to find a replacement before moving to PACU.

I wouldn't worry too much about the 6 months; you are experienced in both areas, so it's not as if you're a newbie still being orientated. If I was in your UM's shoes, I would rather look for someone whose heart is in their work, and let you move to where your true passion lies.

I wouldn't hold out too much hope for the post you applied for; it sounds as if they might have filled it, but you might want to contact their HR department to make sure.


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Specializes in icu/er.

i think you are worrying too much about other things...call the pacu manager stat!


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Specializes in Surgical Floor, Clinic, PACU, ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Thanks for the advice! I spoke to my manager and she seemed to understand where I was coming from; she even spoke to the PACU manager on my behalf! I am now counting down the number of shifts until I transfer to PACU...CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!:yeah: