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Perianesthesia Nurse

A Perianesthesia or Recovery Room Nurse works with patients who are about to go into or are regaining consciousness from anesthesia or sedation.
Required education
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll be adept at handling all kinds of patients, from those who recover easily to those with adverse reactions who wake up confused, in pain, or experiencing breathing problems. e and an attorney, with a variety of career choices in health or law.
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What you’ll do


You’ll help prepare patients for surgery.


You’ll give patients tips for their recovery at home.


You’ll keep a close eye on patients as they wake up from anesthesia.


You’ll monitor patients’ vital signs and administer medication.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory surgical units
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
How to become a Perianesthesia Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse.

Gain 1,800 hours of experience in Perianesthesia.


Pass your Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse exam or Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse exam through the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification Inc.


You’re ready to work as a Perianesthesia Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Perianesthesia Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
A Perioperative Nurse’s role is also patient-facing.
A Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse is another type of surgical nurse.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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