Registered Nurse - Patient Recovery - Per Diem/Varied in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Per Diem
  • Location:
    Lancaster, CA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Job Objective:

The PACU RN under the supervision of the RN Manager and Director of Surgical Services, is responsible for the post-operative/post-procedural nursing care of patients undergoing surgical and/or other invasive/procedures in the Main PACU at Antelope Valley Hospital. The RN shall function under the guidelines of ASPAN Standards, as well as the policies and procedures of the department and hospital.

Essential Duties:

  1. Meets all essential duties of a Registered Nurse
  2. Nursing Process
  1. Provides age and developmentally appropriate specialized nursing care to infant through geriatric patients in the immediate post-anesthesia period
  2. Manages care of critically unstable patient
  3. Observes and monitors by the methods appropriate to the patient's medical condition. This includes monitoring oxygenation, ventilation, circulation and temperature.
  4. Monitors invasive lines, initiates and monitors vasoactive drips.
  5. Monitors ventilator patients and intervenes when necessary.
  6. Initiates and operates various pain management equipment, i.e. PCA, Epidural, etc.
  7. Assesses patient for hypothermia and malignant hyperthermia and takes appropriate action
  8. Possesses knowledge of airway management and appropriate interventions
  9. Insures that patients have a safe post-operative/post-procedural period from general, regional or local anesthesia, including conscious sedation.
  10. Provides appropriate post-op / post-procedural education to patients and their families
  11. Possesses knowledge of "Core Measures" as it applies to the perioperative period (SCIP)
  12. Demonstrates exceptional customer service skills in dealing with patients, families and visitors

Skills and Abilities:

  • Meets all skills and abilities of a Registered Nurse here at AV Hospital
  • Must have 2 years of experience in ICU/CCU or hospital Main PACU
  • Up to date knowledge of current drugs, trends and techniques in the care of perioperative/critically ill patients.
  • The ability to function independently with strong critical thinking skills,
  • Basic Computer skills
  • Good communication, interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Interest in Professional growth as evidenced by participation in continuing education programs, committees and/or councils.

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Meets all required licensure and/or Certification of a Registered Nurse in California.
  • ACLS and PALS certification required at time of hire
  • National certifications such as CPAN and CCRN are desirable.
  • BSN preferred

Working Conditions:

  1. Required to take night as well as weekend call shifts in rotation with other PACU staff.
  2. Call shifts require 30 min response time.
  3. Available 8-10-12 hour shifts with mandatory weekend and holiday rotation

A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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