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Perianesthesia Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Also called Recovery Room Nurses, Perianesthesia Nurses care for patients as they regain consciousness from anesthesia, after surgery. While most patients wake up calmly, these nurses are prepared to handle patients who react aversely, waking up confused, in pain or experiencing breathing problems. As a Perianesthesia Nurse, you’ll also consult with patients before their surgery, and give them recovery tips for when they go home.

Things You'll Do:

  • Recovery Room care
  • Prepare patients for surgery
  • Give patients recovery tips for home

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Elect to take courses specifically in anesthesia-related care, or if your program offers it, choose the perianesthesia concentration.
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get at least 1,800 hours of experience in perianesthesia before applying to take your certification exam through the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing.
  • Pass Your
    Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse exam (CPAN) or Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse exam (CAPA)
  • Become a
    Certified Perianesthesia Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory surgical units
    • Physicians’ offices

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 48% more jobs in physicians’ offices from 2008-2018
    • With advancing medical technology, more illnesses and injuries are able to be treated surgically, so the demand for Perianesthesia Nurses is increasing.

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