The Everett Clinic, part of Optum, is seeking a full-time
RN ASC POH/PACU to join the team in Everett and as
needed in Edmonds.
The RN ASC POH/PACU functions as an integral
member of the healthcare team and is responsible for:
Under general supervision, the Staff Registered Nurse (RN)
applies elements of the nursing process in the provision of
professional nursing care to all patients in accordance with
accepted standards of practice for the Pre-Operative Holding and
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (POH/PACU). The staff RN is
responsible for assessing the patient’s individual care needs and
developing a plan of care based on this assessment. The RN is
responsible for the facilitation of patient care delivery by
effectively collaborating with other health care providers on an
intra- and interdepartmental basis.
The RN ASC POH/PACU is responsible for and not
- Assesses the health status of the patient in order to
develop an individualized plan of care by collection, categorizing
and interpreting data (physical and psychosocial) from documented
information, observation, patient/family interview and other health
care team members.
- Develops a nursing care plan based on the assessment
of the patient that included nursing diagnosis, patient goals and
nursing interventions necessary to achieve these
- Implements the nursing care plan to provide optimal
individualized care for the patient.
- Instructs the patient and family to assist the
patient, procedure and operative site correspond.
- Plans, supervises and assists with the transfer of the
patient to protect the patient and personnel from
- Positions the patient for POH/PACU while maximizing
patient safety and comfort.
- Establishes and maintains a clean environment to
reduce the potential for infection by applying the principles of
antisepsis, decontamination, disinfection, sanitation,
sterilization and environmental monitoring.
- Establishes and maintains a field to reduce potential
for infection by teaching and supervising the patient regarding
- Establishes and maintains a safe environment to
protect the patient and the health care team by monitoring the
patient (physiologically and psychologically) and the environment
and by implementing safety procedures.
- Coordinates support services needed during POH/PACU by
anticipating and communicating patient and surgical team
- Communicates information to
- Organizes and coordinates supplies, equipment, and
team members to maintain an efficient, effective and safe
postoperative environment through ongoing patient and situation
assessment, priority setting, procurement of supplies and
arrangement of equipment, by teaching, directing, communicating and
collaborating with health care team members and support service
- Communicates information to patient to promote
continuity of care.
- Evaluates effectiveness of nursing care to determine
degree of goal attainment by comparing patient outcomes with
- Contributes to discharge plan.
- Selects and executes appropriate methods for cleaning,
packaging, sterilizing and disinfecting to ensure patient safety by
applying the principles of sterilization and disinfection and by
following packaging guidelines set by regulation agencies and
- Evaluates products to determine their safety,
effectiveness, use and cost effectiveness.
- Executes nursing activities to provide life support in
an emergency situation by taking appropriate action and/or
providing direction/assistance to health care team
- Initiates appropriate behaviors unique to pre-op
holding and post-anesthesia care unit.
Preferred Experience and Credentials:
Knowledge: Knowledge of professional nursing
theory and practice and the nursing process in evaluating and
giving patient care knowledge of meds used pre-op, intra-op and
post-op, including IV conscious sedation; knowledge of the function
and use of patient monitoring equipment.
Skills: IV skills. Patient teaching skills.
good organizational and telephone skills. Attention to detail and
Abilities: Reads, speaks, understands and
writes clearly in English. Works with initiative, energy and
effectiveness in a fast-paced environment. Ability to apply the
principles and methods of professional nursing to provide quality
patient care. Ability to interpret basic EKGs; knowledge of aseptic
Education: Associate’s Degree, Diploma,
or Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Minimum of one-year recent hospital or
urgent care (Walk in Clinic) experience with IV skills
Certificate/License: Current RN License
in State of Washington required. Current ACLS
required – must acquire within 3 months of hire. AHA- BLS
Certification required. PALS (Pediatric
Advanced Life Support) preferred (may be required after