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AHMC Healthcare *STAFF NURSE II in Daly City, California

The PACU Nurse performs pre and post operative procedures. He/she is responsible to the Nurse Manager of PACU, and works closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists and other members of the operative team. The PACU Nurse is independently responsible for the welfare and safety of the patient pre/post the surgical procedure.

POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES (other duties may be assigned)

Clinical Practice: Nursing

Assesses, collects and documents health assessment data focusing on the physical, emotional, spiritual, psychosocial and educational needs of the patient.

a) Interviews the patient/family/significant other to complete Triage information.

b) Identifies actual and potential needs and determines priority.

c) Identifies barriers to learning.

After initial triage evaluation, completes and documents an assessment, focusing on abnormal systems and actual and potential problems. Performs ongoing assessment as indicated.

Plans nursing care, based on priority of physical and psychosocial-emotional needs.

a) Develops realistic short-term goals for each problem, involving the patient, family or significant others.

b) Plan demonstrates understanding of age-related needs of the patient.

c) Negotiates with patient, family, significant other and health care team members in planning for education and discharge needs.

Implements the plan of care including prescribed procedures and treatments.

a) Organizes and prioritizes care based on individual needs and unit activity.

b) Provides continuous assessment for changes in patient’s condition and appropriateness of the plan.

c) Initiates interventions using appropriate clinical expertise and knowledge based upon evidence based practice.

d) As Primary Nurse, proactively coordinates the activities of health care team members in completing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.

Evaluates the effectiveness of nursing care delivered to reach the expected outcome.

a) Evaluates the plan of care and adjust based on according to the current condition and changing needs of the patient.

b) Accurately and concisely documents the patient’s status and response to the care delivered.

Clinical Practice; Telemetry

e) Utilizing professional nursing knowledge and skills based upon evidence based practice

. Appropriately assesses for:

a) Physical and psychosocial-emotional needs.

b) Barriers to learning (language, cultural awareness, sensory, etc. Educational/learning needs.

c) Discharge needs.

d) Age-related needs.

e) Issues related to assault or abuse.

Analyzes patient related data, such as vital signs, past medical history, physical exam findings, laboratory values and other information, including age-specific criteria, to determine and adjust as needed to provide the appropriate care.

Utilizes advanced, specialized knowledge and skills to implement interventions for all Emergency Services patients, by prioritizing needs, and using a patient centered approach.

Provides health education and teaching to patient’s, family members and/or significant others, that is age specific, providing for any barriers to learning. Clearly communicates health, treatment and discharge information, ensuring the patient, family member or significant other understands all discharge and follow-up instructions.

Effectively performs procedures, such as initiation of IV catheters and fluids, medication administration, dressings, patient teaching, etc., within their scope of practice, and unit, department and Medical Center policies and procedures.

Effectively performs other nursing procedures/skills, based on completed specialty training and their scope of practice, and unit, department and Medical Center policies and procedures.

Appropriately recognizes and quickly responds to emergency medical situations.

a) Accurately assesses “CAB’s.”

b) Initiates appropriate emergency treatment, i.e., CPR, O2, etc.

c) Communicates critical information to other team members.

Remains current on treatments/practices/procedures through attendance at continuing education events, in-services and the review of professional literature.

Integrates/applies new knowledge from education and research into clinical practice and utilizes effective critical thinking and judgement for optimal patient care

Demonstrates knowledge of and competence in age-related patient care.

Understand and practice according to the Nurse Practice Act, RN as Supervisor over appropriate clinical staff.

Must demonstrate competence with BLS and ACLS and PALS.

Consistently demonstrates knowledge of state and federal regulations, such as Title XXII. Follows all TJC guidelines and National Patient Safety Goals.

Advocates for public health and safety through patient and family education.

Consistently and accurately completes required documentation.

Understand and practice according to the Nurse Practice Act, RN as Supervisor over appropriate clinical staff.

Consistently demonstrates caring and compassion through behaviors and interactions in performance of all duties, recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of patients, families, other staff and physicians.



• Graduation from an accredited school of nursing.

• Bachelors Degree in Nursing preferred


• Min 2 yrs OR exp; PACU exp; excellent communication skills; exp in cardiac & ortho procedures preferred.


• Licensure as a Registered Nurse by the State of California required

• Current ACLS required

• Current BLS required


• Training and skills in specific specialties of surgical nursing

• Ability to perform the duties of the post-anesthesia nurse.

• Ability to perform the duties of the pre-op nurse

• Ability to administer moderate sedation according to policy under the direction of the surgeon

• Knowledgeable and understanding of the California Nursing Practice Act (California Business and Professions Code 2725)

• Knowledge and implementation of all policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations of Nursing Service, Seton Medical Center, AHMC Health System, Title XXII, Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Goals and Core Measures.

• Ability to communicate clearly with written and verbal proficiency required.

• Basic computer skills required

• Ability to engage in and display the behaviors and tenets of the AHMC Health System patient satisfaction program required

iCIMS Assigned Requisition ID: req14938

Shift: Days

External Company Name: AHMC Healthcare

Street: 1900 Sullivan Ave