RN job in Indianapolis, Indiana | Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Type
Travel
License
RN
Specialty
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Start Date
Jul 26th 2021
Job duration
91 weeks / 40 hours
Weeks and Shifts per week
91 Weeks / 5 Shifts per Week
Shift Details
Nights
Number of weeks and hours per week
91 weeks / 40 hours
Description
Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse (PACU)
Housing Stipend
$896.00
Meal Stipend
$392.00
Facility name
INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH
Facility address
1701 Senate Blvd, Indianapolis, IN, 46202-1239
Facility number of beds
1733
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Find Out Why Per Diem Clinicians Like Working in Indiana

By using Nursa™, you can find PRN nursing jobs and land them all with the swipe of your finger on your smartphone. PRN means instead of working a regular full-time or part-time job with a set schedule, that you work to fill employment gaps on an as-needed basis.

Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nurses assistants (CNAs) are in high demand in Indiana and the per diem rates available on our platform are higher than regular nursing jobs. There are several benefits to working per diem jobs in the state of Indiana, not only financial but professional as well. For an in-depth review of the benefits you can enjoy by working PRN, read our post “Advance Your Nursing Career by Picking Up PRN RN Jobs Nearby“.

What Our Clinicians Love About Indiana

Indiana is world-famous for its annual exciting Indy 500 race, but there’s even more than the NASCAR spirit to be happy about in this state. The city of Indianapolis is a population of almost 1 million and therefore offers all the indulgences and comforts of a large city that you’d expect, but the smaller cities and towns are wonderful communities as well. Indiana enjoys the four seasons to beautiful fruition, and outdoor activities are bountiful and fun. The 25 state parks scattered across the state offer residents of both big cities and small opportunities for activities such as:

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Boating

Renting a houseboat and spending a few idyllic days and nights on the lake at Shakamak State Park is an excellent way to spent a few days of downtime, while the sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park offer beaches and 70 miles of hiking trails. Tobogganing may be an outdoor sport that’s less widely talked about than skiing or snowboarding, but it’s arguably more fun, and at Pokagon State Park you can get your adrenaline pumping on their toboggan run that will rush you at up to speeds of 30 mph.

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Work a shift here and there, and at more than one facility. With our app, you can find CNA, RN, and LPN jobs near you. Download Nursa™ to your smartphone, register, and then you’ll be prompted to create your own unique digital professional portfolio. It is securely stored on the app, you can upload your compliance documentation, resume, references, license verification, and all your special certifications in one place.

Browse CNA, RN, & LPN jobs in Indiana, and when you find what you’re looking for, you can apply directly through the app. We created the space. We bring opportunities to you. You decide where to work. You decide when to work.

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.

male nurse working in post anesthesia care unit

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.

Recommended Certifications

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.

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