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
MSN
Attributes
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
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.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Preparation

You’ll help prepare patients for surgery.

Education

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

Orientation

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

Treatment

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

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Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse.

Gain 1,800 hours of experience in Perianesthesia.

04

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

05

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.
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