Back to Job Seeker Sign In
Back to Employer Sign In
In addition to the objective outlined in the AVH Registered Nurse (RN) Job Description, the Women and Infants Pavilion (WIP) PostAnesthesia Care Unit (PACU) RN is responsible for providing post-operative and post-procedural nursing care of patients undergoing surgical and/or other invasive/procedures in the WIP PACU at Antelope Valley Hospital. The RN shall function under the guidelines of American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), Association for Womens Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) Standards for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns, as well as the policies and procedures of the department and hospital.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Meets all the essential duties and responsibilities of the Registered Nurse (RN).
Additional duties and responsibilities of the WIP PACU RN:
Provides age and developmentally appropriate specialized nursing care to obstetric/gynecologic patients during the post-operative/procedural period.
Provides newborn care to the infant after delivery. Facilitates/assists with skin-to-skin and breastfeeding when mother and baby are stable.
Insures patient safety throughout the continuum of post-anesthesia care.
Initiates and operates pain management equipment (i.e. PCA, Epidural, etc) per physician order.
Assesses patient for hypothermia and malignant hyperthermia and takes appropriate action.
Possesses knowledge of airway management and appropriate interventions.
Manages care of critically unstable patients during the post-operative phase of their care.
Observes and monitors by the methods appropriate to the patients medical condition, including monitoring oxygenation, ventilation, circulation and temperature.
Ability to assist with insertion of invasive lines and manage vasoactive drips.
Provides appropriate age specific education to patients and their families.
Possesses knowledge of Core Measures as it applies to the perioperative period.
Assists Operating Room staff during emergencies.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Possesses all the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities of the Registered Nurse (RN).
Up to date knowledge of current drugs, trends and techniques in the care of perioperative patients.
Ability to function independently with strong critical thinking skills.
Ability to prime and maintain arterial line, blood warmer equipment and rapid infuser.
Ability to recognize OB hemorrhage; knowledge of OB hemorrhage algorithm.
Knowledgeable regarding standard nursing assessment of dermatome levels of post-operative patient with spinal blocks and epidural analgesia.
AVH Values: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these values:
Education and Experience:
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing.
Completes twenty (20) hours of training in Breastfeeding and Lactation within 6 months of hire.
BSN or MSN preferred.
Minimum of one (1) year recent clinical experience in Critical Care/Intensive Care, PACU and/or L&D specialty area required; two (2) years preferred.
Required Licensure and/or Certifications:
Meets all required licensure and/or certifications of the Registered Nurse.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (A
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 Californias 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 districts nearly 1.2 million residents.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.
Sign Up for Daily Job Alerts.
You will receive your first job alert within 24 hours.