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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Category: Health Job Number: 16104

Voca Health has immediate openings available for Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Registered Nurse (RN) professionals in Minneapolis, MN!


Voca connects Travel Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, LPNs, CNAs, and other clinical professionals with fantastic health systems nationwide. Our goal is full partnership with our travelers, providing the tools, guidance, and opportunities to help our travelers reach their individual goals. Voca provides travelers a variety of benefits including insurance, vacation, referral bonuses, and dedicated support for active travelers.

Assignment details are provided below, we’re excited to hear from you. Interested travelers (or local candidates!) will reach out to Voca at, 507-288-5260.


Assignment Details 


  • PACU RNs provide care to patients recovering from anesthesia. They monitor vital signs after surgery and stabilize the patient as they become conscious. They also help manage pain for the patients.
  • There are two phases in the PACU.
    • Phase I PACU is where patients are sent immediately after surgery. The average stay here is one hour. Patients are kept here until any breathing issues are remedied and vital signs are stabilized. Once pain is under control and they are mostly awake, they will be sent to another unit in the hospital to recover, or if they are an outpatient, they will go to Phase II PACU.
    • Phase II PACU has patients rest in a chair, usually have a small snack and walk up and down the hallway. From here they are discharged and sent home. Some PACU RNs will also assist and prep the patient before surgery.


  • RN PACU  and PRE-OP Scope of Care/Service:
    • Provides Pre&post-anesthesia care to patients, infant to geriatric.  Serves as admitting nurse, provides post-anesthesia nursing care to patients in Pre-Op, Phase 1, and serves as discharge nurse in Phase 2 and extended observation levels of care.  

    Specialty Core Competencies/Performance Expectations:
    • Provides nursing care to patients in altered states of consciousness, including airway management.  
    • Provides post-op pain and comfort management. 
    • Provides post-op nausea and vomiting management.
    • Provides hemodynamic monitoring and intervention. 
    • Administers drugs and addresses drug-related problems, especially related to anesthesia.  
    • Uses FCIS, PICIS, and EPIC computer  systems
    Provides pre and post anesthesia care to patients undergoing invasive procedures requiring anesthesia care .
    Identifies subtle changes in patient status and anticipates potential events.
    Initiates timely interventions to prevent, correct, or minimize risks to the patient.
    Collaborates with patient, family and healthcare team to develop and execute plan of care.
    Assumes accountability for coordinating and monitoring all aspects of care.
    Identifies emergent situations and initiates resuscitation measures as warranted.
    Assesses/Documents patients according to patient condition and Perioperative Policy
    Completes initial and ongoing assessments of Perianesthesia patients.
    Completes an initial patient assessment upon the patient’s arrival into the Perianesthesia area
    Completes a secondary systemic assessment of the patient
    Completes ongoing assessments according to the patient’s condition and UMMC Perioperative Services policy and ASPAN Guidelines.C. Reviews medications the patient has received.
    B Gathers information about the patient from and provides information to (but not limited to) the surgeon/resident, OR Nurse, the Anesthesiologist/Anesthetist, and the patient’s chart.
    Receives report from appropriate caregivers
    Completes documentation for the Medication Reconciliation process as appropriate
    D. Documents assessments according to patient condition and Perioperative Services policies
    Completes/reviews Pre-Procedure Checklists, PACU Record and Day Surgery Form as appropriate
    E. Utilizes information management systems in the Perianesthesia Department
    Utilizes Perioperative Services plan of care
    A Provides continuity of care utilizing POS care plan
    B. Individualizes plan for the patient
    C. Identifies and documents variances
    D. Identifies expected outcomes in the post-anesthesia setting
    E. Provides appropriate report to receiving patient care area.


  • Interventions are based on patient assessment
    A. Provides an appropriate environment for patient recovery.
    B. Responds appropriately to perianesthesia emergent situations
    C. Provides care based on patient assessment
    Prioritizes interventions based on patient condition and patient assignment
    E. Medicates the patient according to patient condition and physician orders
    F. Transports patients to receiving area according to patient status and policy
    G: Documents interventions and patient response
    H: Provides care to patients from culturally diverse populations throughout the life span according to their developmental level.
    Involves the patients family and significant others in the plan of care of the patient
    Specialty Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed:
    • Knowledge of anesthetic agents, techniques, actions and interactions
    • Ability to recognize and treat arrythmia
    • Current knowledge of narcotic analgesics and cardiovascular drugs.  
    • Computer application abilities
    • Nursing theory and practice 
    • Patient assessment and critical thinking skills
    • Nursing Care planning skills
    • Patient and Family education skills
    • Physiologic and psychological responses to sedation/analgesic and anesthetic agents and techniques
    • Demonstrates proficiency in PICIS system
    • Knowledge of ASPAN standards of care
    • Knowledge of intravenous medications including adverse rx and interventions for complications to narcotics and sedations
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Knowledge and skills related to technology 
    • Knowledge and skills related to rhythm interpretation, EKG interpretation and management of dysrhythmias
    • Knowledge and skills related to managing patients with PA catheters, arterial lines, ventilators 
    • Knowledge and ability to use effective communication strategies
  • Specialty education/experience requirements needed beyond minimum qualifications:
    • Minimum Pre & Post and PACU experience 
    Preferred critical care experience and PreOp, PACU experience....ICU Step Down High Acuity unit accepted--Transplant knowledge 
    • Requires ability to provide written validation of current ACLS, PALS, and BLS
    • Basic EKG Class
    • Current Minnesota RN licensure
    • BSN preferred



  • RN



Partnering with Voca comes with a number of benefits including:

  • Dedicated Recruiter
  • Paid Vacation Program
  • Insurance
  • Paid Time Off Program
  • Competitive, Flexible Pay Packages
  • Generous Housing Stipends
  • Housing Location Assistance
  • Excellent Referral Bonuses

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Phone 507-288-5260
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