Post Anesthesia Care Unit

While a patient is in our Post Anesthesia Care Unit, an RN, specifically trained in PACU care, will continuously monitor vital signs, airway efficiency, surgical incisions and pain levels. Appropriate interventions are provided via a collaborative environment by PACU nurses, anesthesiologists and surgeons to meet patients’ needs.

“The PACU offers staff an opportunity to care for a diverse patient population in a critical care setting. We are able to provide our patients and their families a comfortable environment that delivers safe, state of the art care.” - Christine, Nurse manager

“Each day is a new experience and every patient is their own person as they recover from surgery. It’s rewarding to be there as they recover from the most simple to the most complex of procedures.” - Lisa, RN

The PACU provides acute care for patients recovering from the effects of general or regional anesthesia, regardless of age, procedure or level of care required.

24-bed unit.

1:1-4 depending on of level of care required after recovery phase is completed.

Self-scheduling is available with a variety of 8,10 AND 12 HOUR shifts. Nurses work with the scheduling committee and Nurse Manager to develop schedules that meet personal and professional needs. Limited, but required holiday and weekend call is a job expectation.

Nurses with experience can expect 4-6 week orientation with a preceptor in the clinical area. There is also a variety of didactic, e-learning and observational activities available to nurses wishing to be PACU nurses. Completion of the Critical Care and Trauma Courses are required within the first year. All staff must obtain and maintain ACLS and PALS.

RN with 1-2 years experience, adult and pediatric experience, critical care, trauma experience preferred.

To speak with a Nurse Recruiter, please call (717) 531-5141 or email us at nurserecruitment@hmc.psu.edu.  We welcome the opportunity to personally discuss employment opportunities.