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PRN Pre-Op/PACU Nurse

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Hiring Organization Enhabit Home Health, Houston (TX)
Post Name PRN Pre-Op/PACU Nurse
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Location Houston, Texas, United States 77024


We are growing and looking to hire an RN for the Pre-Op and PACU room. Must have excellent communication skills, patient care experience, and strong IV skills.


  • Assesses the physical, biopsychosocial, and health education needs of adolescents (16 years of age and older), adults, and geriatric patients presenting for perioperative care.
  • Gathers pertinent patient care data using all available resources.
  • Adheres to principles and procedures of infection control required in the peri-operative setting.
  • Performs the responsibilities of a pre-operative nurse, a circulating nurse, and/or a postanesthetic nurse as assigned.
  • Implements protective measures to prevent injury in all areas of the peri-operative setting.
  • Implement measures to prevent injury related to inappropriate positioning.
  • Correctly operates equipment included in the peri-operative nurse equipment checklist.
  • Performs nursing procedures included in the peri-operative nurse initial competency inventory.
  • Provides peri-operative patient and family education for adolescents 16 years of age or older, adult and geriatric patients, and their families.
  • Provides appropriate and safe interventions in emergency situations experienced by patients presenting for peri-operative care.
  • Provides for the unique age-specific communication needs of all peri-operative patient age groups.
  • Communicates with members of the health care team and other appropriate parties as necessary in the delivery of care. Facilitates patient care with team members.
  • Documents nursing care (both manual and/or electronic) to maintain an accurate and legal medical record.
  • May participate in department and hospital committees and proved in-service training to hospital staff.
  • Prepares reports and maintains accurate records and logs.
  • Attends meetings as required.
  • Assess patients prior to surgery
  • Ensure that operative and informed consents are signed and in order
  • Take and record vital statistics of patients to ensure readiness for a surgical procedure
  • Initiate IVs and ensure that patients are informed about the procedure
  • Assess patients’ post-operative condition
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Log all findings in patient files
  • Answer patient questions and ensure they are kept comfortable
  • Monitor patients for condition change and report any changes to the physician
  • Perform intervention duties in cases of post-operative emergencies


  • Participates in organization Performance Improvement activities, department activities, and QAPI activities designed to maintain quality and safe care for patients served by the facility.
  • Effectively communicates within the organization and with the community to provide quality services.
  • Supports, assists and adheres to the implementation of the organization’s mission and philosophy.
  • Serves as a professional resource when needed, including assisting in co-worker training and orientation.
  • Observes organization policies and procedures.
  • Promotes a positive public image when representing the facility.
  • Accountable to OR or Pre/Op PACU Team Leader.


  • Demonstrates knowledge of, and adheres to regulations and hospital policies and procedures pertaining to safety, emergency preparedness, infection control, OSHA, fire safety, and hazardous materials.
  • Is familiar with and adheres to CDC guidelines.
  • Complies with the National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate.


  • Personal appearance and self-presentation are clean, neat, and moderate.
  • Always wears current identification.
  • Demonstrates flexibility when changes in assignments are necessary.
  • Set priorities and assures the completion of all assigned duties within the shift.
  • Compliance with all attendance standards.
  • Remains flexible in staffing patterns and resolution of staffing conflicts; participates in temporary assignments.
  • Follows HIPAA Guidelines at all times.
  • Attends all hospital-required meetings and in-service education.


  • Participates in educational experiences designed to maintain competence.
  • Annually completes all required in-service and training (e.g. CPR, Infection Control, Safety, etc., as appropriate to the job) as well as all educational requirements.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliation to keep abreast of the latest trends in the field of expertise.
  • Seeks feedback to enhance your own performance.



  • One (1) to three (3) years of previous experience in an operative setting is preferred.
  • Affiliation with local, state, or national nursing organizations is preferred.
  • Certification in perioperative Services is preferred.
  • CPR certification upon hire.
  • ACLS certification within three (3) months of hire; PALS certification within three (3) months of hire if performing pediatric cases.
  • Candidate must possess general clinical competency in acute patient care.
  • Candidate must demonstrate the ability to gather pertinent medical history and provide concise instruction for pre-operative and post-operative care.
  • Previous ambulatory surgery experience is preferred.
  • Current State Registered Nurse license; BLS, ACLS. PALS within 6 months of hire.


The working environment is generally favorable; however, there is exposure to risk in the form of disease and potential for exposure to electrical and explosion hazards common in a surgical and/or Pre-Op and PACU environment. High potential for exposure to blood and body fluids; Personal protective equipment is required.

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