Confessions of a Perianesthesia Nurse with Jill Robicheau
What type of nurse are you?
What are your credentials?
BScNursing and critical care nursing course
Where do you work?
Post anesthetic care unit, same day surgery unit, and post recovery unit
Why did you decide to become a nurse? And why did you choose your particular field of nursing?
I became a nurse for various reasons; Mainly because I lost my father to sudden illness (dissecting descending thoracic aortic aneurysm) at 26yrs and my mother (a nurse) suffered for a decade with cancer (breast cancer then post radiation angiosarcoma) and we lost her in my 3rd year of nursing school. I choose perianesthesia because I wanted a critical care area but not the amount of death seen in the intensive care units. I also wanted to cover many speciality areas in hopes of not loosing assessment skills. Also having young children at home I was looking for work on a unit with a good work life balance. I found everything I was looking for in Perianesthesia.
Tell us about your field of nursing.
We focus on respiratory and cardiac systems upon admission to PACU in combination with a full vitals assessment. With patent airways good oxygenation and acceptable ECG readings we move on to assess the surgical site and associated assessments to that body system. Once a patient is determined physiologically stable we move on to comfort and access pain and treat accordingly. In same day surgery we do admission-type work with a basic vital assessment upon admission, heath history and review of medications, as well as surgery prep depending on surgery type. In the post recovery unit, I am helping with discharge and teaching post operative instructions.
What do you love about your job?
I love the patients; they are truly grateful for the care provided. My coworkers are some of the smartest, helpful and nicest people I have ever met.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Its challenging when we get patient populations outside of the norm. Caring for adults, it’s easy to forget all the different ranges in pediatric assessments and review of information is pertinent for the best care you can provide to patients.