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Registered Nurse/Charge Nurse - Post Anesthesia Care Unit

UMC Health System

Lubbock, TX
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  • Administrative / Clerical
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Title: Registered Nurse/Charge Nurse - Post Anesthesia Care Unit
JobID: 6483
  •                            Registered Nurse/Charge Nurse – Post Anesthesia Care Unit
                               Shift – Schedule:  M – F, 3p – 11:30p No call required

    Departmental Description

    The Post Anesthesia Care Unit has identified its scope of care to include all aspects of Post Anesthesia Care, specifically to assist the patient in returning to a hemodynamically stable condition after an anesthetic by providing safe, knowledgeable, individualized nursing care in the immediate post anesthesia phase.

    Patient/Customer Population Served
    Patient population includes infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients who have undergone a variety of general, orthopedic, gynecological, ophthalmological, genitourinary, neurological, cardiovascular, and otolaryngological procedures, performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. These procedures may be elective, emergent, or trauma in nature.

    Hours of Operation
    The Standards of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Practice provide the guidelines for postoperative care of patients in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. These patients are cared for in the department on 24-hours a day, 7 days week basis by professional, licensed, registered nurses who are skilled in post-operative patient assessment and are A.C.L.S., P.A.L.S., and T.N.C.C. certified (optional). Ancillary and clerical support personnel are employed to augment patient care given by the professional staff, and to perform housekeeping and clerical duties.

    Employee Skill Mix
    Nursing staff includes the Director of Surgical/Anesthesia Services, Assistant Director/Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, Service Coordinator, and all staff are registered nurses. Patients are provided care through the primary nursing process and based on the Standards of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Practice. U.M.C. Environmental Services Department provides housekeeping.

    Post Anesthesia Care Unit patients are cared for only by professional, licensed registered nurses who are skilled in Phase I PeriAnesthesia care based on the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) recommended staffing ratio guidelines. Non-licensed and clerical personnel are employed to augment the patient care administered by these registered nurses to perform housekeeping, clerical duties and patient care as determined by the registered nurse.

    Admission criteria to the PACU is determined by, but not limited to, the following guidelines:
    Procedures are done in the Operating Room, Interventional Radiology requiring general anesthesia, MRI requiring general anesthesia, and Cath Lab requiring general anesthesia. Initiation of regional anesthesia, cast trims, emergency placement of chest tubes or tracheotomies, or pelvic examinations for bleeding may be performed in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit as indicated by individual patient requirements.

    The Main PACU consists of 11 (eleven) open ward patient care areas, 1 (one) negative pressure room, and 1 (one) closed isolation area. Day Surgery PACU consists of 9 (nine) and 1 (one) negative pressure isolation room.

    The Department of Anesthesiology provides medical direction and coverage with full time attending and resident physician staff. Medical coverage and direction is provided on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis. Therapies include administration of oxygen, pulse oximetry, EKG monitoring, EtCO2 Capnography monitoring, administration of blood and blood products, IV drug therapy appropriate to the patient and diagnosis, as ordered, patient extubation, arterial/venous sheath monitoring & removal, and observation and evaluation of hemodynamic stability.

    A multi-disciplinary approach to nursing care is utilized on the PACU. Patient care providers will include Physicians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Assistants/Patient Care Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, Social Services, Case Managers, and Nursing Support Services.


    • Must maintain a current CPR certification from American Heart Association
    • Provides professional nursing care to patients and provides supervision and guidance to the members of the nursing staff.
    • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.


    • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
    • Valid Texas RN License/Eligible Compact License
    Strong critical care experience & charge nurse experience required
    • BSN required
    • CPAN preferred


    • UMC Hospital Orientation
    • Orientation as determined by the hiring department
    • Unit specific orientation
    • Galen E-learning Curriculum Modules / Online Nursing Competency Validation
    • Electronic Documentation
    • During clinical orientation you will be paired with an experienced nurse preceptor.  Our nursing preceptors are specially trained and work as a team to obtain the best experience for the new employee
    • Orientation length is individually based and will be determined by the Preceptor, Employee and Clinical Instructor
    • Clinical orientation will begin on day shift to maximize your exposure to patient preparation in pre assessment/ pre op, post op Phase I & II and Surgeon/Anesthesia & OR staff hand off. You will also have many opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
    • Committee involvement is encouraged in order to improve patient care and processes Committees are available at unit level as well as hospital wide.
    • Other opportunities include: mentoring and the ability for professional growth through national certification.


    • Competitive benefits package
    • Flexible scheduling
    • No mandatory floating/overtime
    • Educational Reimbursement for pursing BSN/MSN after 90 days of employment
    • Relocation assistance available (if applicable)

    UMC’s Mission, Vision and Standards Include

    Vision Statement: To Serve Our Patients in the Best Teaching Hospital in the Country
    Mission Statement: Service is our passion. We serve by providing safe, high quality care to all, achieving excellent financial performance, and training tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.
    Standards of Excellence: Attitude, Communication, Responsiveness, Compassion, Teamwork, Ownership, Safety and Respect

    About UMC

    • 501 licensed beds
    • Regions only Magnet designated Hospital
    • Regions only Level I Trauma Center
    • Regions only Level I Burn Center
    • DNV accredited
    • Primary teaching hospital for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)
    • Ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Texas by Texas Monthly
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


Job Type: Full time
Category: Nursing
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