Surgical Prep and Recovery Nurse

People Dynamics

Responsible and accountable for providing individualized care during the immediate preoperative and postoperative period utilizing the nursing process and established standards of care.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Selects and prepares appropriate supplies for the pre-operative and post-operative based on the OR schedule, clinical knowledge, and the physician’s plan of care.
  • Has a clear understanding of the anesthetic agents and medications used?
  • Provide direct and indirect patient care using the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient requirements as directed by the physician.
  • Demonstrate continued competence in all facets of ambulatory surgery.
  • Accurately and thoroughly completes and reviews the pre-operative assessment prior to procedure time.
  • Monitor vital signs and reports initial and any abnormalities to Anesthesiologist.
  • Assesses the patient’s respiratory, cardiovascular, circulatory, and neurological status.
  • Assessing fluid administration site and appropriate rate.
  • Administers medications safely and accurately.
  • Executes physician’s orders specified while in the unit in a timely manner.
  • Implements patient comfort measures as appropriate (medication for pain and nausea & vomiting, position changes, and temperature control).
  • Documents all observations and nursing care provided accurately and thoroughly on the appropriate forms.
  • Educates patients and families on post-operative instructions.
  • Discharges patients according to physician’s orders, patient’s condition, and standards of care.


  • Graduate of Nursing School; Registered Nurse
  • Minimum of three years experience in Pre-Op and PACU preferred
  • Ambulatory Surgery experience preferred
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