I have an interview this week for a PRN Recovery position in the PACU at an acute care hospital. I have experience in Progressive Care, Tele, and School Nursing. With school nursing being my last position I did not have to keep my ACLS certification. So I only am CPR certified. Well, I saw this Recovery position open up and I applied for it because it only listed CPR and RN license as the requirement. Usually I see PALS and ACLS requirements, and/or ICU experience.
Anyway, to get to my question, what type of position in the PACU do you think this will be? Maybe a phase II recovery? If so, could someone tell me a little bit about what Phase II recovery is like? Will recovery nurses often float to Pre-op?
For anyone that works PRN in PACU/Recovery what type of schedule do you have? I really want a full-time or part-time position but this is what is available.
I am curious if anyone who has worked the floor and also has worked in Recovery which position they perceive as more stressful. Progressive Care and Telemetry really stressed me out. Not because of the acuity of patients, but usually because of patient load...constantly being pulled in different directions. I think I would like to focus more on a smaller group of patients even if their acuity is higher. In school I always thought I would work in ICU. I know what stresses some people out doesn't always stress another person out. It is very personal, but if anyone has an opinion on it I'd love to hear it. I don't want anyone to think that I feel that Recovery will be an easy position, because I know it is not.
I have not been in the hospital since 2009. So I am really nervous about going back. I really want to make sure that I have a good orientation. I plan on asking about this in the interview, but I am not sure what a good vs bad orientation to the unit would be. So what do you think is a good length of orientation and what should be included in it? For the interview, is there any clinical topics that I should brush up on that I might be asked about?
Sorry for the long post!! Thanks in advance for any advice!!