Full Job Title: RN - PACU

Job Number: 17008694

Facility: SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon

Location: Mount Vernon, IL

Schedule: Full Time, Varied

Hours: varied


Role Purpose:

The job of the RN PACU is to assess, plan, coordinates, implements, documents, and evaluates nursing care for post-surgical patients.
The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the perioperative setting.
    • Conducts physical, cultural, spiritual, and psycho-social assessments using subjective and objective data, and ALDRETTI assessment criteria.
    • Assesses and implements pain management protocols. Provides ongoing evaluations of nursing interventions performed and accurately documents their effectiveness.
    • Plans for patient care and intervenes by demonstrating basic nursing skills, maintaining clinical skills for peripheral IV insertion and sterile technique when placing all venous access devices, and properly identifies, labels, and administers medications per hospital policy.
    • Appropriately communicates handoff of patient status via nurse to nurse report sheet prior to transfer of patient to any other department.
    • Displays problem solving skills and uses critical thinking when making decisions regarding patient care and notifies surgeons of changes to patient's condition or any other pertinent information.
    • Plans for the day by obtaining a surgery schedule and gathering anticipated equipment and/or supplies. Is competent and proficient in the use of PCA pumps and various monitoring devices.
    • Exhibits excellent verbal communication skills and is committed to patient satisfaction 100% of the time and will utilize service recovery skills.
    • Provides information to patients and families related to the care provides, and notifies management of any issues or concerns voiced.
    • Obtains a brief report from anesthesia provider while using the anesthesia PACU handoff report in collaboration with the Registered Nurse OR Circulator in accepting the patient care upon arrival of the patient to PACU.
    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Associate's Degree in Nursing
    • Current Illinois RN License
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • 1-3 years in technical field

About SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital–Mt. Vernon, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 134-bed hospital with the only open heart surgery program in the region. In 2015, the hospital launched a new pediatric emergency and NICU telemedicine program in conjunction with the physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. For three consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Patient Safety Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Citation of Merit Award for Outstanding Patient Care.

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