Registered Nurse, Perianesthesia - Patient Recovery - Part Time/Evenings in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 8/4/2020

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    Lancaster, CA
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Job Description

Job Objective:

The Perianesthesia nurse prepares patients for the surgical and/or procedural experience, as well as monitors and supports safe transition from an anesthetized state to responsiveness and on into discharge/transfer.  The RN shall function under the guidelines of American Society of Perianesthesia Nursing (ASPAN) standards as well the policies and procedures of the department and of the hospital.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Promotes patient centered care
  2. Pre-Op Phase
  1. Prepares and assess patients for procedures/surgery per department policies under the ASPAN guidelines.

  2. Provides patient and family centered education

  3. Contacts appropriate physician(s) with abnormal diagnostic test results and/or patient issues.

  4. Completes and reviews all relevant documentation pertinent to this phase.

  1. Post-Op Phase
  1. Follows ASPAN guidelines to provide quality recovery from procedures/surgeries.

  2. Provides patient and family education

  3. Promotes family centered care environment

  4. Completes and reviews all relevant documentation pertinent to this phase

  5. Assesses patient’s physiological and psychological readiness for discharge or transfer using discharge criteria as stated in department policy.

  6. Provides detailed discharge instructions per hospital protocols

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Assist in performance improvement initiatives

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • ASPAN standards

  • Core Measures

  • Knowledge of patient’s rights and advance directives.

  • EKG and diagnostic testing interpretation.

  • Pain and comfort management of the perianesthesia patient.


  • Strong critical thinking skills

  • Basic computer skills

  • Good customer service skills.


  • Able to function independently

  • Able to communicate well.

    AVH Values: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these values:

  • Patients Come First – We listen actively and communicate with our patients and families, placing safety as a top priority.
  • Accountability & Ownership – We fully complete tasks, are transparent, effectively communicate, and recognize that what we do reflects on us.
  • Teamwork – We build trusting relationships, promote a sense of community, and are respectful of everyone.  Success is about the whole team.
  • Integrity & Honesty – We tell the truth at all times, speak up when something is wrong, and do the right thing when no one is looking.
  • Excellence – We take pride in our work, are goal-oriented, and on a never-ending quest for top tier quality.
  • Initiative & Innovation – Our can-do attitudes, creativity, and resourcefulness empower us to improve the patient’s experience, solve our own problems, make timely decisions, and look for opportunities to add value.
  • Tenderness & Compassion – We have genuine empathy, show kindness, and encourage and advocate for each other.

Education and Experience:


  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing.

  • BSN preferred.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency on hospital information technologies used in the designated patient care area.

  • National certifications are desirable.



  • For Pre-Op Phase: Minimum 2 years’ experience in Med/Surg or Telemetry

  • For Post-Op Phase: Minimum 1 years’ experience in Critical Care or PACU. 2-years’ experience in Critical Care or PACU, preferred. Minimum of two years of experience in an acute care setting and successful completion of a perianesthesia course within six months of hire.


    Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • 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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