post anesthesia care unit registered nurse resume example with 7+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
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To continue my academic and clinical growth as a surgical nurse, and to improve patient outcomes using evidence-based research. To work in a fast-paced and challenging environment that will advance my critical thinking skills as well as my practical nursing skills.
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT Expected in 2014 Bachelor of Science : Nursing - GPA : Holistic Program, Endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation
University College of Cork Cork, Expected in 2012 Bachelor of Science : Nursing - GPA : Semester Abroad
  • Massachusetts Registered Nurse, RN2294965
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (expired), CNA-098385, May 2014- May 27, 2016
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for the Healthcare Provider
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider
  • Telemetry Certified
Baptist Health South Florida - Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse
Miami Lakes, FL, 04/2017 - Current
  • Receive patients directly from the Operating Room. Monitor vital signs, pain control and airway maintenance while patients are recovering from anesthesia.
  • Communication with the anesthesia team to clarify orders, to report poor pain management and abnormal vital signs.
  • Ensure that patients meet criteria for discharge from the PACU using the Aldrete Score.
  • Prepare discharge instructions for post-operative care.
  • Facilitate the transport of patients to an inpatient hospital when continued care is needed.
  • Attended the six day Intensive Care Unit Consortium and the Basics of Critical Care Course.
Common Spirit - Surgical Registered Nurse
Nebraska City, NE, 07/2015 - 04/2017
  • Surgery nurse specializing in cardiac, general, vascular, thoracic, neurosurgery and urology cases.
  • Practiced in telemetry, including monitoring and assessing heart rhythms, communicating unsafe arrhythmias to the physician and carrying out orders to intervene.
  • Achieved skills in physical assessments and efficient communication.
  • Assisted patients with achieving adequate pain management including the administration of Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pumps and epidurals.
  • Experienced with administering alternate forms of nutrition, such as Total Parenteral Nutrition, Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition and tube feeds.
  • Skillful in wound care and surgical dressing changes, as well as pressure ulcer care and prevention.
  • Responsible for the admission, discharge and transfer of patients. Made judgments and timely decisions when a patient required a higher level of care.
  • Administered daily and as needed medications to patients. Facilitated order verification and clarification when needed.
  • Effectively collaborated with interdisciplinary team members to formulate a patient-centered plan of care.
  • Documented assessments and daily events comprehensively in the patient's electronic chart.
Veterans Health Administration - Post- Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Resident
Wyoming, MI, 06/2014 - 07/2015
  • Experienced working on a general medicine-telemetry floor with two hospice beds.
  • Provided hospice and palliative care, enhancing patients' experiences at the end of life.
  • In attendance at monthly topical workshops and Evidence Based Practice Curriculum workshops. 
  • In attendance at Schwartz Rounds, Spinal Cord Injury Wound Rounds and multiple symposiums.
  • Trained in LEANS System Redesign, TEACH and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Completed an Evidence Based Practice Project and implemented on the floor.
VA Boston Healthcare System - Student Nurse Technician
City, STATE, 05/2013 - 06/2014
  • Skilled with assisting patients with activities of daily living, completing vital signs and blood glucose testing.
  • Provided support and assistance to nurses as needed.
  • Suction champion: collaborated with the hospital's Nurse Educators to review nursing standards of practice for suctioning. Provided education for night staff nurses on tracheal suctioning and tracheostomy care using a simulation man.
  • Member of the Unit Based Council: identified areas that impacted patient care, and patient and staff satisfaction. Made evidence based decisions to improve the quality of care veterans received. Assisted to complete a bulletin board where staff and patients could submit ideas and suggestions to improve the unit. Represented the nursing service at a Partners in Performance Excellence (PiPPex) meeting to share improvements and practice on the surgical floor.
  • Peer Leader for Safe Patient Handling: trained on the safe patient handling equipment to better understand how to safely transfer and move patients, preventing patient and staff injuries. Provided in-services for floor staff to address best practices for use of this equipment. Served as a resource for questions or concerns.
  • Caring for the Hospice Patient Poster Presentation, September 2016.
  • Evidence Based Practice Project, The Assessment and Prevention of Delirium, July 2015.
  • Delirium on an Acute Medical Floor, Nurses' Week Poster Presentation, May 2015.
  • Caring for the Hospice Patient, April 2015.

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School Attended

  • Quinnipiac University
  • University College of Cork

Job Titles Held:

  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse
  • Surgical Registered Nurse
  • Post- Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Resident
  • Student Nurse Technician


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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