February 22, 2023

Training and retaining skilled PACU nurses

By: Catherine Spader, RN

When Ayumi Fielden, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CPAN, worked as a preceptor in a PACU nurse residency program for new graduate nurses, she realized quickly that something was missing. “The graduate nurses struggled because they were not yet comfortable with basic nursing skills, such as assessments and giving medications. They also had to deal with stressful time constraints,” she says. “It was so stressful for them, and they were in tears almost every day.”

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