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Staff Nurse - PACU

The staff nurse is a Registered Professional Nurse who, under the immediate supervision of the Charge Nurse, is responsible for the safety of the patient while in the preoperative and recovery and assists with the supervision of nonprofessional personnel in the area. By assessment of the individual patient and procedure, he/she anticipates the needs of the surgical team and provides such services while maintaining an aseptic and safe environment.


  • Strives to make the mission statement of POSC as part of the daily work activity.
  • Promotes continuity of care in preoperative and postoperative areas according to patient’s age, physical limitations and psychosocial needs.
  • Coordinates patient care with staff in surgery suite. 
  • Gives care to the patient reflecting flexibility as indicated by individual patient needs. 
  • Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of facts, diseases/surgical conditions, care required and good judgement. 
  • Performance reflects knowledge in all areas of care specific to the . 
  • Demonstrates competency in use and care of equipment. 
  • Demonstrates competency in administration of medications and IV fluid based on age of the patient and patient’s clinical condition. 
  • Demonstrates ability to perform a perioperative assessment on all patients and reassesses as needed postoperatively. This includes geriatric and general patient population. 
  • Demonstrates ability to formulate an individualized plan of care as indicated and evaluates for effectiveness. 
  • Formulates a teaching plan based on identified patient learning needs, and evaluates effectiveness of learning; family is included in teaching, as appropriate, from pre-op to discharge. 
  • Provides patient with explanation and verbal reassurance consistently. 
  • Identifies physical symptoms and changes and takes appropriate action in a timely manner. 
  • Meets current documentation standards and policies. 
  • Assures confidentiality of patient’s records. 
  • Demonstrates ability to assist surgeons, anesthesia personnel and other personnel as necessary. 
  • Provides orderly progression of schedule by medicating and preparing patients at proper times, notifying charge nurse of any changes. 
  • Performs follow-up with physician office and/or patient concerning patient’s post op status.  
  • Performs all other duties as assigned. 
  • Maintains supplies and equipment for preoperative, PACU and emergency cart(s). 
  • Maintains par levels of supplies and medications for preoperative, PACU, and emergency carts. 
  • Demonstrates competency in use and care of equipment.
  • Maintains emergency cart.
  • Assists in administrative duties as directed.
  • Helps with maintenance of records and statistics.
  • Assist in establishment and maintenance of procedures, policies, and standards.
  • Participates in inventory management cognizant of cost containment.
  • Maintains a safe environment for patients and personnel.
  • Maintains a clean, safe environment according to policies and procedures.
  • Assists in control of traffic to ensure proper control of infection and asepsis.
  • Assists in staff development and quality improvement program.
  • Assists in formulation and interpretation of procedures, standards, and techniques
  • Assists in orientation of new personnel.
  • Assists in evaluation of all activities, nursing care given, and of personnel and techniques.
  • Avails himself/herself in the ongoing nursing education process of the .
  • Reviews pertinent periodicals, scientific and medical and related literature.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities.
  • Arrives to work on time and begins work promptly.
  • Assumes accountability and responsibility for his or her own work performance and those under his or her supervision.
  • Observes assigned work schedule.
  • Performs competently in new situations.
  • Performs competently in emergencies.
  • Accepts constructive criticism and benefits from same.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to perform additional tasks and gives assistance when necessary.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned in a timely manner and/or by deadline.
  • Utilizes spare time in work-related activities that contribute to the surgery center’s needs.
  • Adheres to operating dress code; neat personal appearance.
  • Personal Relations:
  • Maintains good rapport with fellow employees. 
  • Maintains good rapport with physicians.
  • Performs his or her duties in a professional and pleasant manner.
  • Promotes positive customer relations for surgery center.
  • Friendly to patients/family.


Education:Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Evidence of continuing education in the field of surgical suite nursing.

Work Experience:

  • PACU experience preferred
  • Critical care experience required
  • Ambulatory surgery center experience preferred Orthopaedic surgery preferred

Licensing and/or Certifications: This individual must be currently licensed to practice professional nursing in the State of Georgia and must be familiar with the basic nursing performance standards as outlined in the Georgia Nurse Practice Act. Certification in CPR, ACLS required. Completion of a basic arrhythmia interpretation course is desired


Required Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Patients rights.
  • Knowledge of surgery center policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of surgery center fire and safety regulations, electrical hazards, disaster plans and infection control policies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Informed Consent Laws.
  • Knowledge and experience in the preoperative and postoperative care of the surgical patient.
  • Knowledge of specialized equipment used in the surgery center.
  • Knowledge of anesthetic agents and their usage and effect on the surgical patient. 
  • Basic computer knowledge.



Lengthy periods of standing. Move gurneys, carts, equipment. Assist with the positioning of surgical patients for surgery. Carry and lift instrument sets (trays) and various items of equipment. Exposure to anesthetic gases, hazardous chemicals, blood and body fluids, sharps, and hospital-grade cleaning solutions. For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

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