Registered Nurse-Post Anesthesia Care Unit

  • University Medical Center
  • 602 Indiana Avenue Lubbock Texas 79415 United States
  • Posted: Apr 15, 2019
Full-time Nursing

Job Description

Registered Nurse –Post Anesthesia Care Unit

 ** Completion Bonus Available for Qualified Applicants

Shift – Schedule:  FT 9-5:30 M-F plus call back and standby

Departmental Description

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit has identified its scope of care to include all aspects of Post Anesthesia Care, specifically to assist the patient in returning to a hemodynamically stable condition after an anesthetic by providing safe, knowledgeable, individualized nursing care in the immediate post anesthesia phase.

B. Patient/Customer Population Served

Patient population includes infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients who have undergone a variety of general, orthopedic, gynecological, ophthalmological, genitourinary, neurological, cardiovascular, and otolaryngological procedures, performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. These procedures may be elective, emergent, or trauma in nature.


C. Hours of Operation

The Standards of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Practice provide the guidelines for postoperative care of patients in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. These patients are cared for in the department on 24-hours a day, 7 days week basis by professional, licensed, registered nurses who are skilled in post-operative patient assessment and are A.C.L.S., P.A.L.S., and T.N.C.C. certified (optional). Ancillary and clerical support personnel are employed to augment patient care given by the professional staff, and to perform housekeeping and clerical duties.

D. Employee Skill Mix

Nursing staff includes the Director of Surgical/Anesthesia Services, Assistant Director/Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, Service Coordinator, and all staff are registered nurses. Patients are provided care through the primary nursing process and based on the Standards of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Practice. U.M.C. Environmental Services Department provides housekeeping.

E. Staffing

Post Anesthesia Care Unit patients are cared for only by professional, licensed registered nurses who are skilled in Phase I PeriAnesthesia care based on the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) recommended staffing ratio guidelines. Non-licensed and clerical personnel are employed to augment the patient care administered by these registered nurses to perform housekeeping, clerical duties and patient care as determined by the registered nurse.


  • Must maintain a current CPR certification from American Heart Association
  • Provides professional nursing care to patients and provides supervision and guidance to the members of the nursing staff.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
  • Valid Texas RN License/Eligible Compact License
  • BSN Required
  • ICU/PACU Experience Required
  • CPAN Preferred
  • CN experience preferred



  • UMC Hospital Orientation
  • Unit specific orientation
  • Galen E-learning Curriculum Modules / Online Nursing Competency Validation
  • Electronic Documentation


  • Competitive benefits package
  • Flexible scheduling
  • No mandatory floating/overtime
  • Educational Reimbursement for pursing BSN/MSN after 90 days of employment
  • Sign on Bonus available (if applicable)
  • Relocation assistance available (if applicable)

UMC’s Mission, Vision and Standards Include

  • Vision Statement: To Serve Our Patients in the Best Teaching Hospital in the Country
  • Mission Statement: Service is our passion. We serve by providing safe, high quality care to all, achieving excellent financial performance, and training tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.
  • Standards of Excellence: Attitude, Communication, Responsiveness, Compassion, Teamwork, Ownership, Safety and Respect

About UMC

  • 501 licensed beds
  • Regions only Magnet designated Hospital
  • Regions only Level I Trauma Center
  • Regions only Level I Burn Center
  • DNV accredited
  • Primary teaching hospital for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)
  • Ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Texas by Texas Monthly

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.