pacu staff nurse resume example with 19+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Accomplished PACU Nurse proudly offering more than 18 years' expertise in the healthcare field. Strong capacity to work with physicians to develop successful patient care plans.

  • Data Compilation and Analysis
  • Recovery Guidance
  • Pain Management
  • Intramuscular Injections
  • Perioperative Care
  • Fluid Intake and Output Monitoring
  • Resource Monitoring
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Medical Device Monitoring
  • IV Fluid Administration
  • Patient Recovery Assessments
  • Nursing Assignments
  • Blood Transfusion Administration
  • Emergency Interventions
  • Healthcare Team Collaboration
  • Vital Sign Monitoring
  • Operational Standards
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Medication Administration
  • Operational Procedures
  • Perioperative Management
  • Treatment Plan Creation and Revision
  • Individualized Care
  • Patient Admission
  • Emotional Support
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • Standards Administration
  • EMR Systems
  • Nursing Staff Supervision
  • Direct Supervision
  • General Anesthesia
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Project Implementation
  • MEDITECH Software
  • Work Assignments
  • Disease Treatment
  • Therapeutic Procedures
  • Central Venous Lines
  • Maintaining Patient Safety Standards
  • Training Junior Team Members
  • Physical Examinations
  • Understanding of Medical Terms
  • Nutrition and Nourishment Issues
  • Protocol and Procedure Improvement
  • Minor Surgery
  • Patient Data Management Systems
  • Medical Records and Documentation
  • Dressing Changes
  • Client Service and Engagement
  • Persuasive Negotiations
  • Professional Development
  • Compliance Issues
  • Patient Coping Mechanisms
  • Intravenous Procedures
  • Resource Allocation
  • Nursing Protocol Development
  • Tracheotomy Equipment
  • Needs Assessment
  • Health Screening
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Sleep Pattern Disturbances
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • After-Care Planning
  • Health Data Management
  • Staffing Requirements
  • Employee Guidance
  • Evidence Collection
  • PICC Lines
  • Complex Information Interpretation
  • Foley Catheter Insertion and Removal
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Patient Reassurance
  • Monitoring Recovery
Work History
PACU Staff Nurse, 08/2021 - Current
Bjc Healthcare Ballwin, MO,
  • Took vitals and assessed patients in recovery room following surgical procedures.
  • Evaluated patients' pain levels, implementing correct dosage of medication to alleviate discomfort.
  • Supported healthy working environment, adhering to patient safety protocol, complying with hospital policies and maintaining situational awareness.
  • Kept meticulous charting notes regarding patient assessments and medications, later transferring information into records management system.
  • Evaluated cardio-respiratory systems for deviations, providing appropriate treatment as necessary.
  • Provided individualized care and dedicated oversight to 2 patients on average in post-operative recovery room concurrently..
  • Collaborated with patients and healthcare teams to assess, plan, implement and evaluate custom care plans for each individual.
  • Assessed and identified individual patient educational needs, removing barriers to learning and supporting comprehensive progress.
  • Performed flawless autonomous practice consistent with evidence-based standards and patient care considerations.
  • Promoted quality of care by adhering to industry standards and measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and benchmarks.
  • Coordinated with healthcare staff from various disciplines to devise, carry out and manage personalized care plans to benefit patient health and recovery.
  • Assessed and managed various patient treatments for numerous patient diagnoses from sepsis to acute respiratory distress.
  • Oversaw various aspects of telemetry by administering PA catheters and arterials, vasoactive drugs, titration, thrombolytic therapy, dysrhythmia interpretation and chest tubes.
  • Evaluated patient histories, complaints and current symptoms.
  • Conducted patient assessments, recorded vitals and analyzed records and charts to define care requirements.
  • Trained and coached new employees on protocols and best practices to promote ideal patient outcomes.
  • Guided and educated patients and caregivers on diagnoses, disease management, preventive measures, medication use and self-care to foster consistency in care administration.
  • Delivered outstanding patient care in critical care units.
  • Provided targeted care and treatment to 2 patients concurrently.
  • Triaged patients and delegated treatment needs to qualified staff and specialized departments.
Principal Nursing Officer PACU, 11/2016 - 07/2021
Knust Hospital City, STATE,
  • Discussed patient care and treatment with care team members to optimize intervention plans and care delivery.
  • Maintained proper staff levels within budget parameters to deliver high levels of care to every patient.
  • Interviewed, hired, instructed and mentored employees and promoted high level of care quality to patients.
  • Maximized staff and patient protections by enforcing optimal disease prevention protocols.
  • Coordinated patient care services and managed clinical cost control.
  • Provided direct nursing care to patients when personnel was short-staffed.
  • Supervised staff of 15 registered nurses, 10 licensed practical nurses and 4 certified nursing assistants.
  • Developed and implemented new nursing protocols to improve patient outcomes while minimizing medical errors.
  • Investigated and reported all incidents per hospital policies.
  • Oversaw nursing staff at major hospital with [10] professionals.
  • Communicated with patients, ensuring that medical information was kept private.
  • Direct day-to-day administrative and operational functions for 200-bed facility, providing guidance and leadership to over 15 employees across more than 2 departments.
  • Fostered excellence by example by "setting pace" and being hands on mentor to clinical staff.
  • Conducted routine facility inspections, identifying areas needing improvement and eliminating hazards posed to staff and residents for continued compliance with associated regulations.
  • Monitored and inspected staff processes to eliminate hazards posed for both residents and staff while ensuring continuous compliance with regulations.
  • Implemented successful healthcare program through professionalism, quality of care, medical teaching and patient satisfaction.
  • Ordered all pharmacy supplies and kept check on inventory levels.
  • Discussed medical histories with patients in effort to provide most effective medical advice.
  • Designed and introduced leadership development, coaching and team management model, resulting in promotion of employees into increased levels of responsibility.
  • Reviewed and evaluated test results to suggest care and treatment options.
  • Developed policies and procedures for effective pharmacy management.
  • Collaborated with store manager to maintain daily operations.
  • Spearheaded and implemented new projects to expand scope of engagement.
  • Implemented best practice standards for billing resulting in substantial reduction of accounts receivable delays.
  • Scheduled surgeries, managed pre-certifications and verified insurance coverage.
  • Conducted literature and coding reviews to adhere to state and federal standards.
  • Successfully negotiated client contract renewals to create increased revenue.
  • Collaborated with national and international organizations to leverage industry connections.
Senior Nursing Officer, 01/2009 - 11/2016
Ghana Health Service City, STATE,
  • Improved education and training initiatives by attending professional development workshops and spearheading certification courses.
  • Spearheaded certification courses and attended professional development workshops, communicating knowledge to staff to improve education and maximize training.
  • Improved best practices across nursing staff by collecting literature, presenting findings during meetings and adopting new methods to reduce costs and improve delivery and quality of care.
  • Determined needs for psychiatric patients by administrating criteria and symptoms and coordinating with physicians and staff.
  • Welcomed and provided patients with information on various departments and services.
  • Provided guidance to staff on emergency guidelines to enable uninterrupted workflows during emergencies.
  • Reduced overtime use and redistributed resources to meet patient care demands of various units, examining staffing levels to distribute staff resourcefully.
  • Coordinated with physicians and staff to facilitate admissions, evaluating admission criteria and patients' symptoms to determine need for psychiatric consultation and related care.
  • Provided leadership and oversight to 10+ staff in 150-bed hospital, managing administrative functions such as staffing, staff performance management and policy implementation and change management.
  • Managed administrative functions such as staffing, staff performance and management and policy implementation in 150-best hospital.
  • Collected literature and presented findings during meetings to reduce costs and improve delivery and best practices across nursing staff.
  • Collaborated with and advised health teams on appropriate steps for emergency situations.
  • Increased emergency workflow efficiency by providing guidance to staff members on emergency guidelines and streamlining procedures.
  • Supervised staff of 10 registered nurses, 8 licensed practical nurses and 6 certified nursing assistants.
  • Provided direct nursing care to patients when personnel was short-staffed.
  • Discussed patient care and treatment with care team members to optimize intervention plans and care delivery.
  • Maintained proper staff levels within budget parameters to deliver high levels of care to every patient.
  • Developed and implemented new nursing protocols to improve patient outcomes while minimizing medical errors.
  • Interviewed, hired, instructed and mentored employees and promoted high level of care quality to patients.
  • Investigated and reported all incidents per hospital policies.
  • Maximized staff and patient protections by enforcing optimal disease prevention protocols.
  • Designed and implemented standards of care for nursing and patient care.
  • Answered questions and addressed concerns from employees within short time frame timeframe via email, phone and in person.
  • Answered questions and addressed concerns from employees within timeframe via email, phone and in person.
  • Coordinated patient care services and managed clinical cost control.
  • Assisted with preparation of budget and expense reports.
  • Responded to emergent situations such as code blue, code green, and code STEMI, advising health teams on appropriate steps and collaborating with physicians to control patient acuity.
Operating Room Staff Registered Nurse, 01/2003 - 12/2009
Ghana Health Service City, STATE,
  • Provided direct support to surgical team during procedures by Time out.
  • Collected, labeled and transported specimens and delivered to lab for testing.
  • Observed surgeon's body language, movements and demeanor during operations to anticipate needs.
  • Prepped operating rooms by circulating and sterilizing to comply with environmental asepsis standards.
  • Administered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections and monitored responses.
  • Collaborated with members of patients' healthcare team to deliver appropriate level of care.
  • Trained new nurses in proper techniques, care standards, operational procedures and safety protocols.
  • Provided effective bedside care to patients before and after procedures to deliver comfort.
  • Updated patient charts with data such as medications to keep records current and support accurate treatments.
  • Verified patient information to make licensed staff aware of relevant health factors.
  • Kept optimal supply levels in treatment rooms, triage and other areas to meet typical patient loads.
  • Educated family members and caregivers on patient care instructions.
  • Used PAGA EMR to process patient information and provide access to relevant data for licensed practitioners.
  • Accurately documented treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
  • Evaluated patient histories, complaints and current symptoms.
  • Advocated for and strived to protect health, safety and rights of patient.
  • Administered medications and treatment to patients and monitored responses while working with healthcare teams to adjust care plans.
  • Communicated with healthcare team members to plan, implement and enhance treatment strategies.
  • Explained course of care and medication side effects to patients and caregivers in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Administered different therapies and medications in line with physician orders and treatment plan.
  • Provided skilled, timely and level-headed emergency response to critically-ill patients.
  • Monitored patient reactions after administering medications and IV therapies.
  • Offered exceptional care and support to individuals recovering from acute incidents and dealing with chronic conditions.
  • Quickly responded to situations impacting safety and security to unit, actualizing crisis prevention interventions to control and de-escalate situations.
  • Provided exceptional care to high-acute patients needing complex care such as ventilator management, extensive wound care and rehabilitation.
  • Adhered to strict safety measures by carefully determining proper dosages before administering medications.
  • Used first-hand knowledge and clinical expertise to advocate for patients under care and enacted prescribed treatment strategies.
  • Cared for patients in 150-bed unit, supporting fellow nurses in delivering outstanding treatment to patients.
  • Promoted patient and family comfort during challenging recoveries to enhance healing and eliminate non-compliance problems.
  • Delivered high level of quality care to diverse populations while overseeing patient admission and triaging based on acuity and appropriate department admission.
  • Performed triage on incoming patients and determined severity of injuries and illnesses.
  • Observed and documented patient factors such as diets, physical activity levels and behaviors to understand conditions and effectively modify treatment plans.
  • Implemented care plans for patient treatment after assessing physician medical regimens.
  • Assessed and evaluated mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to initiate, manage and modify individualized care plans.
  • Conducted ongoing monitoring and evaluations of behaviors and conditions, and updated clinical supervisors with current information.
  • Participated in evidence-based practice project implementation, nursing competency development and nursing simulation activities.
  • Equipped patients with tools and knowledge needed for speedy and sustained recovery.
  • Administered medications to over 300 patients and monitored response to medications.
  • Collaborated with leadership to devise initiatives for improving nursing satisfaction, retention and morale.
  • Conveyed treatment options, diagnosis information and home care techniques to patients and caregivers to continue care consistency.
  • Strengthened training and nursing knowledge by taking part in continuing education programs and in service workshops.
  • Led teams in driving successful patient outcomes by prioritizing standard of care and best practices.
  • Performed frequent checks on life support equipment and made necessary adjustments to preserve optimal patient conditions.
  • Applied nursing expertise to meet needs of patients in challenging environments.
  • Leveraged feedback and process improvement opportunities to create safer and healthier environment and increase patient satisfaction.
  • Participated in infection prevention policy committee to discuss policies, propose revisions and implement changes.
  • Recorded details regarding therapies to keep patient charts updated.
  • Investigated and resolved issues affecting hospital operations and patient care.
  • Reported findings to quality departments after conducting routine restraint audits and worked with team to devise corrective actions for deficiencies.
  • Identified patient and conditions by conducting health screenings and reviewing patient histories.
  • Worked with healthcare team to develop new dialysis treatment flow sheet and other log forms, improving clinical documentation and accountability.
Master of Public Health: Public Health, Expected in 12/2015
People's Uni Open Access Educational Initiative - United Kingdom,
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Master of Science: Advance Practice Nursing, Expected in 07/2015
University of Cape Coast - Ghana,
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Bachelor of Science: Public Health, Expected in 12/2011
Catholic University College-Fiapre - Ghana,
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Diploma in Nursing: Nursing, Expected in 10/2002
Nurses Training College -Kumasi - Ghana,
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High School Diploma: , Expected in 11/1998
S.D.A Senior Secondary School - Ghana,
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  • ACLS Training - 2021-2024
  • Telemetry Training - 2020-2024
  • BLS Training - 2021-2024


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School Attended

  • People's Uni Open Access Educational Initiative
  • University of Cape Coast
  • Catholic University College-Fiapre
  • Nurses Training College -Kumasi
  • S.D.A Senior Secondary School

Job Titles Held:

  • PACU Staff Nurse
  • Principal Nursing Officer PACU
  • Senior Nursing Officer
  • Operating Room Staff Registered Nurse


  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • High School Diploma

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