R.N. is responsible for the immediate post-op care of the surgical patient within the scope of practice as determined by the board of nursing in the state you are practicing within.


Recovery Room Nurse:

  • Prepares Recovery Room for patients.
  • Receives patient from O.R. and makes an assessment on each patient at admission and discharge and records this information on the Recovery Room Record
  • Verifies the patient's identity and surgical procedure.
  • Implements the plan of care by:Protecting the patient from injury by performing an individualized risk assessment;Communicating the patient's current status to the appropriate parties throughout the continuum of care
  • Close observation and monitoring of the post-op patient by taking vital signs, EKG monitoring, oximetry readings and documentation of such on recovery room records.
  • Identifies arrhythmias by constant monitoring and interpreting of EKG’s as indicated, and provides nursing intervention as per physician’s orders.
  • Administers medications, IV’s and Rx’s and maintains records regarding dispensing of same, observes patient reaction to same, and acts appropriately when untoward reactions occur.
  • Performs or assists physician in performance of non-sterile and sterile dressing changes and other procedures.
  • Responsible for assuring patient that he or she is not left alone in Recovery Area.
  • Providing education regarding the expected psychosocial response, medication management, pain management, wound management, and expected responses to the operative or invasive procedure; Actively involving the patient or designated support person in decisions affecting his or her post-operative plan of care;
  • After post-operative teaching, it is the nurse’s responsibility to assess the knowledge level of the patient or designated support person on understanding of teaching.
  • Discharge of the patient by wheelchair unless only local anesthesia was given and vision or balance is not affected in any way by surgical procedure or pre-operative medications.
  • Responsible for making sure patient has follow up appointment before being discharged. Assists circulating nurse with post-op telephone calls.
  • In the emergency situation, is able to give immediate respiratory assistance or support including use of AMBU bag and can administer CPR and venipuncture.
  • Checking, maintenance, and knowledge of STAT Kit or Crash Cart.
  • Recognizes and utilizes safety precautions and procedures.
  • Remains familiar with equipment and supplies; their location, function and up-keep. Re-stocks unit with supplies when needed.
  • Maintains a comfortable, orderly, clean and safe environment for the Recovery Area.
  • Helps circulating R.N. perform Narcotic Count. Signs correct verification of count in Narcotic Log.
  • Protecting the patient's rights, dignity, and privacy;
  • Other duties may include. (For example; including, but not limited to): Participates in quality improvement activities. Assists Infection Control Coordinator with infection control duties including reviewing infection control policies and training staff on procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years recent working experience as a RN in PACU, or ER, or ICU Setting (not including clinicals) 
  • Current Unencumbered RN license in state of practice.
  • Current BLS & ACLS Card (PALS required for care of adolescents)
  • Current TB Screen
  • Valid Identification/Driver's License
  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process

Did this answer your question?