Pediatric PACU Care Nurse Career Guide

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A career as a Pediatric Post Anesthetic Care Unit Registered Nurse (Ped PACU RN) is a fulfilling and crucial role for those passionate about caring for pediatric patients during their recovery from anesthesia. These specialized nurses play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety, comfort and smooth transition of young patients from the operating room to the recovery phase.

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Related certifications

After completing your nursing degree, you must pass the NCLEX-RN exam to become a licensed registered nurse. Experience in a pediatric setting, especially in a post-anesthetic care environment, is beneficial for pursuing a career in this specialty.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Staff and Travel Pediatric PACU RNs require a strong foundation in pediatric nursing and the ability to assess patients' conditions accurately. Exceptional communication skills, empathy and the ability to provide emotional support to both children and their families are crucial.

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Pediatric PACU RNs monitor pediatric patients' vital signs, assess their level of consciousness, manage pain, administer medications and ensure a smooth transition from anesthesia to recovery. They collaborate with the healthcare team to ensure coordinated care and communicate effectively with families.

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Pediatric PACU Care Nurse

The average salary for a Pediatric PACU Care Nurse is $2,405.18 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Pediatric PACU RN offers the opportunity to work closely with pediatric patients and their families, making a positive impact on their recovery journey. The demand for pediatric nurses is steady, providing job security.

However, the role can be emotionally challenging, as it involves caring for children who may be disoriented, scared, or in pain after surgery. The fast-paced environment

Pediatric PACU Care Nurse Jobs

View job details for Austin, TXTravel ContractAustin, TXTravel Nurse RN - Pediatrics PACU - Post Anesthetic CareNightingale Nurses$2,275/wk
Posted 8 days ago
View job details for Austin, TXTravel ContractAustin, TXTravel Nurse RN - Pediatrics PACU - Post Anesthetic CareAnders Group$2,391/wk
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Posted 1 day ago
View job details for TriStar Centennial Medical CenterStaff PositionTriStar Centennial Medical CenterRegistered Nurse (RN) - Pediatrics PACU - Post Anesthetic CareNashville, TN$30-39/hr
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View job details for Fairfax Medical CampusStaff PositionFairfax Medical CampusRegistered Nurse (RN) - Pediatrics PACU - Post Anesthetic CareFalls Church, VA$36-54/hr
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