RN job in Austin, Texas | Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Pre-Operation

Type
Travel
License
RN
Specialty
PACU PREOP
Start Date
Jul 26th 2021
Job duration
91 weeks / 36 hours
Weeks and Shifts per week
91 Weeks / 3 Shifts per Week
Shift Details
Days
Number of weeks and hours per week
91 weeks / 36 hours
Description
HEART CENTER
Housing Stipend
$612.42
Meal Stipend
$266.84
Facility name
ST DAVID'S SOUTH AUSTIN MEDICAL CENTER
Facility address
901 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX, 78704-6903
Facility number of beds
300
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CNAs, LPNs, & RNs Love Per Diem Jobs in the Lone Star State

If you are a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and haven’t yet entered the world of high-paying PRN jobs yet, then it’s time to dive right in. Per diem rates are higher than your typical hourly wage for full-time or part-time employees, and working PRN can advance your career. If you’re asking yourself, “what is PRN?” the answer is relatively simple. PRN is the medical abbreviation for working per diem, or as needed. PRN RN, LPN, and CNA jobs at Texas facilities near you can be located and landed all by using our per diem nursing app.

Those facilities in cities, suburbs, and even rural areas across the state of Texas, post jobs with Nursa™, for our community of medical professionals to browse through and select the PRN shifts that fit their needs. We’ve made it easy for you, dive into the world of PRN nursing in four simple steps: Download the app, create your digital professional portfolio, browse PRN jobs, and land PRN jobs.

There’s More Than the Cowboy Life in Texas

Not all our nurses and assistants in Texas are cowboys and cowgirls (although a high percentage of them probably have at least one pair of cowboy boots in the closet). Sure, Texans are known for their drawl and the cowboy life pictured in Hollywood movies, but there’s a lot more on offer. Regular downtime activities for residents include:

  • Live Music – Be it in a local bar, a big concert venue, or one of the many music festivals; live music can be found just about anywhere.
  • Football – In Texas any football game is a big deal, be it the community high school game, any of the university teams, and of course the professional teams.
  • Watersports – Texas not only has a coastline on both sides, but Lake Travis is a favorite spot for tubing, boating, and water skis, and rafting, kayaking or canoeing on the Rio Grande through the Santa Elena Canyon is another must.
  • Hiking – There are more than 100 national or state parks in this state, Big Bend National Park is undoubtedly the largest and offers over 150 miles of trails.
  • Rock-climbing – Hueco Tanks is another park popular for hiking, but it’s world-famous to rock climbers, both amateur and professional.

Facilities Rely on Nursa™ to fill RN, LPN, and CNA Jobs in Texas

Facilities near and far rely on Nursa™ to meet their staffing needs. Register today and see for yourself the possibilities for PRN that can be found all in an app on your smartphone. Choose your setting, and choose your schedule. You’ll see PRN shifts in real-time available in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and more. We make it easy, while your work makes it possible.

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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