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Name: Perianesthesia Nurse
Description: Perianesthesia nursing provides intensive care to patients as they awaken from anesthesia. The Perianesthesia nurse prepares patients for the surgical experience, monitors and supports safe transition from anesthetized state to responsiveness, and readies patients for discharge from perianesthesia care unit.
Practice setting: Perianesthesia care units in inpatient and outpatient settings, including freestanding
Client age group: All ages
Diagnoses: Responses to and complications of anesthesia, including respiratory compromise, hypotension, emergence excitement, nausea and/or vomiting, pain
Practice roles: Clinical — staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist
Management — nurse manager, coordinator, supervisor
Administration — director, executive
Nurse educator
Research nurse
Characteristics: Patient care, variety and rapid turnover of patients, teamwork, flexibility, technology
Challenges: Irregular hours, weekend and holiday work, lack of patient contact and follow-up, stress, conflicts, and pressure
Desirable skills: Experience in medical/surgical and critical-care nursing (hands-on skills like line placement, tube insertions, dressing changes, IV therapy, and positioning), flexibility, good assessment and decision-making skills, stress management, technological ability
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers
American Board of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certification
475 Riverside Drive
7th Floor
New York, NY 10115-0089
(800) 6ABPANC
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
10 Melrose Ave
Suite 110
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003-3696
(877) 737-9696
The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
(800) 654-2452
PeriAnesthesia Nursing in Ambulatory Surgery: Nursing Update
(800) 325-4177
Breathline Newsletter
(800) 654-2452