Registered Nurse PACU FT

Corpus Christi, TX

The Post-Operative Registered Nurse, under the supervision of the PACU Manager or the Director of Nursing , according to the organizational structure, is responsible for providing peri-operative patient care in accordance with sound nursing judgment, regulatory and accreditation standards, and the facility’s mission, vision, and values. The position must provide direct and indirect patient care across the age continuum; and utilize the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation according to policies and procedures of the facility. May work in other areas as qualified and needed. Demonstrates skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and needs of the patients served. May take call and or call back as necessary.

Administrative responsibilities include internal physician marketing, cost awareness, and adherence to staffing schedule. Supervises other Registered Nurses as requested; and directs ancillary staff in the Post-Operative Areas. Responsible to assist with administrative tasks related to Risk Management, Employee Health, Infection Control, Performance Improvement, and Clinical Recruitment/Retention. In conjunction with the nursing leadership, the Post-Op Registered Nurse may assist with development and implementation of policies and procedures, which assure that cost effective, safe and high quality of care is implemented.

Projects a professional demeanor and appearance while maintaining the confidentiality of patients, co-workers, and the facility and adhering to the HIPAA policy. Reports, in good faith, any known or suspected activity that appears to violate laws, rules, regulations or the NSH Code of Conduct. Fulfills annual Healthstream continuing education requirements.

Personal attributes include the ability to be self-directed; demonstrates accountability, professionalism, and receptiveness to change; seeks guidance, direction, and assistance when needed. Works under stress and in situations that demand patience, stamina, endurance, and tact while providing impeccable service. Fosters an attitude of teamwork and willingness to assist others and does not refuse performing other job duties as requested. Set’s priorities, responds timely to issues which require a decision, and ensures desired results are achieved by means of consistent follow through. Non-exempt status.


Demonstrates eligibility for employment in the U.S.

  • Graduate of approved school of Registered Nursing with current and valid licensure with Texas State Board of Nursing
  • Minimum of two years of experience preferred in ICU/Emergency Room/Recovery Room or other critical care nursing environment.
  • Knowledge of State, Federal and Accrediting Body regulations and standards related to healthcare.
  • Ability to achieve PALS & ACLS certification within 90 days of employment.
  • CPR valid upon employment.
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with others
  • Demonstrated skills in verbal and written English communications for safe and effective patient care and to meet documentation standards.
  • Willingness to participate in goal-setting and educational activities for own professional advancement.
  • Is aware of professional nursing standard and performs in accordance with them.

Physical Requirements:

Should use assistive devices when weight being lifted exceeds 35lbs or when required to push/pull more than 58lbs. (OSHA)

Work is of heavy demand; walking or standing most of the time while on duty. Visual and auditory acuity and manual dexterity essential to performing designated duties required. Optimal auditory acuity required. Manual dexterity involving the handling of equipment and instruments or armamentarium is essential to performing assigned duties. Physical conditions are clean, neat and well-lit. May be subjected to unpleasant sights and odors, stressful situations, limited radiation , hazardous chemicals, or infectious diseases where judgment as to precautions needed to be taken is essential. Climate control and ambient temperature variances may be experienced and required by patient care and needs of the surgical team. Hours of duty may be irregular or unexpectedly extended due to the requirements of the job.

OSHA Exposure Classification:

Job Category I. Direct contact with blood or other body fluids to which universal precautions apply. Personal protective equipment is made available and must be worn

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Adheres to staffing schedules, attendance policy, and cooperates with daily assignments as requested.
  • Demonstrates skills as a team player. As a Registered Nurse, shows appropriate delegation, while directing and supervising ancillary personnel in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating patient care in the pre-operative/post-operative clinical areas according to accepted standards. May be requested to perform charge duties.
  • Provides direct patient care in the assigned clinical areas and demonstrates clinical competence.
  • Participates in orientation of new staff, ensures facility morale exemplifies the mission and values of the center.
  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems timely and constructively; maintains focus on improving the situation
  • Willingness to teach others and participate in competency programs.
  • Completes Health Stream in a timely manner annually.
  • Participates in all staff meetings for department and facility for informative and educational purposes.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Employee turnover rate
  • Participation in orientation of new hires and accepts charge nurse duties
  • Department and Facility staff meetings attendance
  • Attendance/Tardiness
  • Completion date of Health Stream Education


  • Demonstrates highly effective communication skills with staff, management, physicians, patients, and family members.
  • Establishes and maintains exceptional services to all customers including physicians, patients and employees with the goal of delighting all customers.
  • Participates in service recovery by taking ownership of the situation and correcting problems. Keeps customers informed of progress related to

clinical operations and provides comfort, information and assistance during the


  • Models appropriate interaction with physicians, patients and staff to ensure high level of service in all areas of responsibility.
  • Reviews daily schedule and prepares patient care areas based upon types of procedures and specific patient care needs.
  • Communicates changes in status as necessary to physicians, family members, and other staff.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physician Satisfaction
  • Documentation of pre-operative and post-operative phone calls


  • Initiates physical and psycho/social assessment and pre-operative plan of care,

identifies patient and obtains informed consent.

  • Completes and documents a pre-operative interview , obtains necessary diagnostic test results and notifies appropriate physicians and staff regarding variances and/or concerns.
  • Completes and documents post-operative phone calls and reports problems and/or concerns.
  • Completes the Post-anesthesia record and assures all patients have met the discharge criteria prior to discharge; and provides all patients post-operative instructions.
  • Assures the delivery of quality clinical care through participation in NSH benchmarking programs.
  • Assures facility clinical policies and procedures are followed .
  • Maintains a safe clinical environment, adheres to all patient care safety requirements.
  • Reviews and participates in performance improvement initiatives.
  • Medical record documentation is accurate, legible, and in accordance with federal and accrediting standards.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Accreditation status, Medicare certification and licensure
  • Accurate completion of surgical consents
  • Surgical Site Markings Compliance
  • Participation in Performance Improvement initiatives and activities
  • Accurate and legible chart documentation
  • NSH Quality benchmark data are consistently met


  • Conserves resources and minimizes cost when possible.
  • Participates and assists with implementation of cost saving initiatives for the department.
  • Communicates ideas for cost containment and reducing expense.
  • Appropriate staffing levels and overtime is below established benchmarks.
  • Medical record documentation should be completed accurately for all cases.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • EBITDA results
  • Operating Margin Initiatives and results
  • Expense control initiatives and results
  • Salaries and Benefits Expense


  • Through competency and customer service, employee will contribute to the growth of the facility.
  • Employee communicates service line development ideas with facility leadership.
  • Employee engages in customer service conversations with physicians as adjunct to facility marketing initiatives.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Facility volume performance

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