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Pre-op/PACU RN

Job Summary

Provides direct patient care to neonate through geriatric patient populations. Addresses the psychosocial, physical and general aspects of care related to the surgical environment. Assists with the maintenance of PACU equipment and inventory. Participates in performance improvement activities. Responsible for monitoring patient’s physiological status in the immediate postoperative environment. Communicates with surgeon and anesthesiologist continuously, and as needed, about patient conditions; receives direction for patient management. Intercedes to maintain optimum homeostasis.

$5000.00 Sign On Bonus!

Full Time

Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas

• Demonstrates knowledge of anesthetic drugs, actions and side effects.
• Demonstrates knowledge of arterial lines, Swan-Ganz, spinal and epidural catheters and how to document.
• Demonstrates ability to make independent and intelligent nursing decisions in the care of the PACU patients.
• Obtains, documents and assesses vital signs every five (5) minutes for the first hour.
• Demonstrates ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.
• Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
• Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.
• Closely observes patient with minimal disturbance.
• Responds appropriately to patient in an emergency or physically distressful situation.
• Provides family with the opportunity for reciprocal communication with the nursing staff.
• Clearly documents in charting ideas, facts and concepts about the patient. Documentation is completed within shift; meets standards, policies and procedures.
• Communicates effectively and thoroughly the patient’s condition upon transfer from PACU to the receiving patient care unit Registered Nurse.
• Ability to perform waived testing (point-of-care testing) per Clinical Laboratory’s and the patient care unit’s policies and procedures.
• Ability to interpret results of waived tests; take appropriate action on waived tests results.
• Notifies physician of any abnormal lab/test results.
• Establishes and maintains effective communication and good working relationships with co-workers for the patient’s benefit.
• Maintains regulatory agency requirements, hospital and nursing policies, procedures and standards. Counts narcotics at the beginning and end of all shifts with Circulating Nurse, per policies and procedures.
• Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of facts and good judgment.
• Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of disease and surgical conditions and the care required.
• Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of dysrhythmias, followed by appropriate treatment.
• Completes specially assigned duties consistently and as schedule allows.
• Utilizes initiative; strives to maintain steady level of productivity; self-motivated. Organizes and manages activities reflecting due consideration for the needs of the department and staff.
• Demonstrates understanding and necessity of chemical and biological monitoring.

Regulatory Requirements

• Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
• Current Registered Nurse licensure in the State of Texas.
• Current BCLS certification.
• Current ACLS certification.
• PALS certification preferred.
• Basic EKG or Arrhythmia-identification certification preferred.
• Minimum of one (1) year work experience in the PACU/ICU.



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Why Crescent regional Hospital?

At Crescent Regional Hospital, our goal is, and always has been, to cultivate a community of doctors, nurses, and administrators to breathe new life into a previously dying hospital as to provide a continuum of care for the communities of Lancaster, DeSoto, and all surrounding areas.  Unwavering in our vision and determined to not just be a choice in healthcare, but the choice in healthcare we need to hire the best from the community as to give the best care for the community.

Being of relative size to the communities we serve, both in staff and structure, allows us the ability to collaborate with and learn from one another as a means to provide treatment which is extensive, thorough, and specific to each patient. And because our internal culture is one of recognizing individual strengths and accomplishments, everyone gets their deserved moment to shine. As members of the Crescent Regional Family, we build one another up because we understand when we strive, our patients and community thrive which perpetuates us all into excellence.


We thank you for your interest in seeking employment with Crescent Regional Hospital and look forward to working with you when you become part of the Crescent Regional Family!