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Find Out Why LPNs, CNAs, & RNs Like Working in Alaska
We’re an on-demand nurse staffing app that makes it easy for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to find PRN jobs in facilities across the state.
So, what does PRN mean? Working PRN means you’re willing to contract your clinical expertise on an as-needed basis. If a facility near you needs an RN for the Wednesday night shift, you can work that shift, at a higher hourly rate than a regularly employed staff person. PRN shifts are to fill employment vacancies to ensure the staff on rotation aren’t over-burdened. There are countless per diem CNA, LPN, and RN jobs in Alaska that need clinicians like you, and you’ll find them all in our per diem app.
Download Nursa™ today, register and create your professional portfolio, and start applying for and landing CNA, LPN, and RN jobs near you. If you find yourself needing a quick income boost, these PRN shifts are available in real-time. Alternatively, you can schedule your work week accordingly. The benefits of PRN work are many. If you’re unsure, read our post “What is a PRN Nurse? Benefits of Working Per Diem Shifts” to learn all about them.
Why Our Resident Clinicians Adore Alaska
Aside from Alaska’s LPN, RN, and CNA job opportunities, there are overwhelming reasons to love living in this state. Alaska’s heartland is home to the continent’s highest peak, Mount Denali. This peak is surrounded by its self-named Denali National Park which is a popular location for viewing the Aurora Borealis, and viewing the diverse wildlife either by taking the train, backpacking trips or even by air taxi.
Southwest Alaska is popular for freshwater fishing, bear sightings, and the volcanoes of Katmai National Park. Cross into the arctic circle if you aren’t afraid of the cold and participate in the winter festivals or settle in and relax at Chena Hot Springs, a resort featuring natural hot springs. Perhaps you’ll spend most of your time in the most populous part of the state, south-central Alaska. There you’ll explore the opportunities for fishing, wildlife viewing, and hiking.
Day cruises are popular for tourists and residents alike, who have just a short time (hello working nurses and assistants, this is you). You don’t need to schedule a lot of time off in order to experience everything the wilderness of Alaska has on offer.
Apply for PRN Jobs Near You with Nursa™
You can find out just how easy it is to fill your schedule with PRN shifts at facilities near you, by downloading Nursa™. Everything from applying to landing the jobs is done all in one place, on your smartphone. Get started today and earn high hourly wages while loving life in Alaska.
Learn What it Takes to Work in PACU as a Registered Nurse
Post Anesthesia Care Unit nurses (also referred to as PACU or recovery room nurses) serve a critical role in hospitals and surgical centers by providing care to patients who are recovering or waking from a surgical procedure. Side effects and responses to anesthesia can vary by person, and while some patients will come out of anesthesia gently and easily others may wake disoriented and in pain or even more serious issues.
Due to the critical nature of a PACU nurse, these PRN shifts are often some of the highest paying RN jobs available on the Nursa™ platform. We’re committed to helping surgical teams continue their work without delays or cancellations due to employment issues by providing experienced clinicians on-demand.
Where does a Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse Work?
Anywhere surgeries with anesthesia are performed, a PACU nurse can be found. This means work settings can vary from hospitals to ambulatory surgical units, or even outpatient care centers and sometimes doctors’ offices.
What Does a PACU Nurse Do?
A PACU nurse assumes the care of a patient following a surgical procedure. They are responsible for monitoring vitals, documenting a patient’s process of waking, and recovery from surgery. This can also include changing wound dressings and monitoring IV levels. In some cases, lifesaving intervention may be necessary. Nurses working in the recovery room determine when a patient is ready to be moved and will often provide guidance and education for recovery when it comes time for the patient to be discharged.
The following certifications are recommended and others required for various posts in the post-anesthesia care unit. Your certifications can be included in your professional digital portfolio on Nursa™ and assist you in landing high-paying PRN shifts by demonstrating your commitment to both your patients and your career.
- Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN)
- Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA)
Traits Essential in a Successful PACU Nurse
In the recovery room after surgery, the PACU nurse is usually the first person a patient sees upon waking. Sedation can cause confusion and fear in some people therefore patience and a calm demeanor serve as necessary qualities for a nurse in this role. Not all patients coming out of sedation will be able to coherently verbalize any discomfort or side effects they may be experiencing, therefore attention to detail is paramount in this unit.