Pre-Op/PACU Nurse JobHarleysville, PA 123737

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Why You'll Love This Job

The Pre-Op/PACU Nurse performs various clinical activities related to the care of Center patients before and after surgery.  Reports to Director of Nursing


  • Collect and record data regarding the physiologic and psychologic health of patients in a systematic manner.
  • Review diagnostic tests and patient health history information for abnormalities.
  • Report unsual findings to Medical Director, anesthesiologist or Director of Nursing as appropriate.
  • Apprise Medical Director and/or Director of Nursing of suspected child or adult abuse.
  • Complete event reports as necessary.
  • Verify patient identification.
  • Prepare patients for surgery by assisting them, when necessary in changing to an OR gown.
  • Start IVs as may be necessary.
  • Assess patient level of pain tolerance pre- and post-operatively.
  • Administer drugs and other agents as directed by the practitioner or anesthesiologist.
  • Monitor patient vital signs at various stages of care.
  • Maintain knowledge for safe and effective use of various pieces of equipment used in the Pre-Op and PACU areas, inducing but not limited to: IV therapy equipment, cardiac monitors and defibrillator, glucometer, pulse oximeter and blood pressure monitor. 
  • In recover phase, evaluate patient readiness for discharge.
  • Determine patient’s/ parent’s ability to understand and retain instructions.
  • Instruct patients and or adult companions as appropriate regarding post-discharge care.
  • Record findings and patient data on appropriate Center forms in a timely manner; user and enter data into Center information system as appropriate.
  • Adhere to all Center policies and procedures, including, without limitation, those relating to HIPPA (patient privacy) and the Patient Safety Act.
  • Participate on center committees as assigned.
  • Administer various questionnaires to patients.
  • Respond to Center emergencies as appropriate.
  • Assure that emergency equipment is available and functioning.
  • Exhibit a professional and courteous approach to all patients, practitioners, colleagues and visitors.
  • Use supplies in a cost-effective manner.
  • Arrive for duty promptly.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications

Education and Experience
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing: valid, current PA license.
  • Previous pre-op/PACU experience, preferably in an ambulatory setting.
Other Qualifications and Considerations
  • Occasional need to lift heavy objects and assist in lifting patients; duties require twisting, reaching and pushing objects from light to heavy weights.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Protentional exposure to disruptive or uncontrollable patients or visitors.
  • Handle potentially dangerous materials.
  • May have unanticipated need to work overtime.
  • Ability to handle multiple task concurrently.
  • Frequent need to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Current Pennsylvania nursing license.
  • BLS and/or ACLS and/or PALS certification as required by Director of Nursing
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