Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit Nursing
Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) Nursing is a highly specialised area of nursing with a focus on providing specialist care to patients undergoing anaesthesia and surgery.
What is Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit Nursing?
Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care Nursing (PACU) is a highly specialised area of nursing with a focus on providing specialist care to patients undergoing anaesthesia and surgery. This type of nursing is often called anaesthetics and recovery nursing; as such, you’ll monitor patients before, during and immediately after surgery, using your expertise in physiology and pharmacology to facilitate and assist with many types of anaesthesia, airway management, pain management, resuscitation, and trauma and crisis management to deliver high quality, safe, patient-centred care. After surgery, you’ll observe and manage patients in the PACU setting as their recovery begins.
Why study Anaesthetics and PACU Nursing?
As an Anaesthetics and PACU nurse, you’ll be exposed to a different side of the patient experience and encouraged to push your clinical skills to the extent of your scope of practice. If you’re ready to progress your nursing career, or if you’re looking to make a career change within your nursing trajectory, a postgraduate qualification can assist you to work towards new opportunities in a theatre or other surgical setting, or in roles associated with leadership, research and teaching.
What will I learn?
With a postgraduate qualification in Anaesthetics and PACU nursing, you’ll consolidate your clinical knowledge base, advancing and enhancing your nursing skills in theatre and PACU contexts. You’ll study extensive pathophysiological processes and gain skills in systematic patient assessment and management, applied pharmacology, the use and maintenance of anaesthetic technologies, and identification and management of anaesthetic emergencies. You’ll also build expertise in the non-clinical aspects of anaesthetics and PACU nursing, including the legislative and ethical processes that support clinical professional practice and leadership decision making.
What sort of careers can Anaesthetics and PACU nursing lead to?
Anaesthetics and PACU nurses work within multidisciplinary care teams in a variety of settings, including the operating theatre, but also at day surgery units, surgical outpatient units and medical imaging settings and as a Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Consultant or in Paramedicine.
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