May 17, 2021

Registered Nurse- Main OR PACU

  • Vanderbilt Health
  • Nashville, TN, USA

Job Description

Registered Nurse- Main OR PACU:

Job Summary:
Applies the nursing process to plan and implement the care of patients, including patient and family education and continuum of care planning. Effectively communicates pertinent patient/family information to the health care team. Collaborates in establishing patient goals and evaluates progress to ensure effective outcomes. Furthers professional growth by engaging in learning activities according to the Board of Nursing standards.
PACU Department Summary:
The environment on our unit is friendly and family oriented. Leadership is supportive of personal and professional staff growth. We have many highly experienced nurses with ICU backgrounds. Staff is very supportive of each other. They are always eager to help and “pitch in” when needed.
We care for adult patients who electively or emergently are having surgery. Our patients may be having a simple procedure that allows them to go home the same day or undergoing very complex surgeries that will require them to be cared for in an intensive care setting. Surgery is a unique place in healthcare. After surgery, patients’ lives are changed.
There are many advantages to working in VOR Holding/PACU. We have a flexible scheduling system with a variety of 9, 10, and 12-hour shifts. Staff can have the opportunity to connect with multiple patients and families every day and at the most vulnerable and critical time in their lives.
Our nurses are successful because we maintain a strong Shared Governance structure. Our Unit Board meets every month. Staff work with leadership addressing all aspects of their practice to improve the care of patients/families and increase satisfaction in their work environment.
23 Holding Room
39 PACU Bays
1:3 Holding Room
1:2 PACU
Position Shift:
  • 5:30-am-6:00pm, Saturday, Sunday and one rotating weekday


Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
Our Nursing Philosophy:
We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.
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Additional Responsibilities:
  • Collaborates in establishing the plan of care, coordinates and implements care delivery while anticipating patient care needs across the continuum.
  • Analyzes comprehensive information pertinent to the patient's care and management to determine nursing diagnosis.
  • Continually utilizes the nursing process to evaluate patient's progress towards goals and applies appropriate interventions to ensure effective outcomes.
  • Employs strategies to promote health and a safe and healthy environment.
  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.