Pre-Op/PACU Registered Nurse | PRN

Department: Vail Valley Surgery Center

Type: Temporary

Location: Vail, CO

Vail Valley Surgery Center is hiring an experienced Pre-Op/PACU Registered Nurse 


Two OR RNs talk about the environment and team at VVSC

About the Position

The Pre-Op/PACU Nurse at Vail Health focuses on caring for patients before and after surgeries and procedures. Prior to a patient’s surgery, you will assess the patient by reviewing their current and past health history, collecting and analyzing lab results, assessing psychological and physical condition, and educating the patient on the surgery or procedure as well as any pre-operative instructions. Upon the completion of the patient’s surgical procedure, the Surgical Nurse will shift to post-operative care of the patient. This includes monitoring the patient for signs of distress, infection, shock, bleeding, or other post-procedure complications and addressing these issues, as well as providing pain management. Prior to the patient’s release, you will instruct the patient and their family on any discharge orders and ensure the patient is comfortable.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are vital to work with and educate patients and their families during this stressful or difficult process.

The Pre-Surgical Unit at Vail Valley Surgery Center

Vail Valley Surgical Services is here to guide the patient and family throughout their surgical experience.  Through the pre-surgical planning (PSP), pre-operative, and post-anesthesia care process, an emphasis is placed on educating patients and their families/caregivers on their particular surgical procedures and providing support during this stressful time. The immediate time prior to and after surgery is termed the “perianesthesia” phase of care. Our goal is to make this perianesthesia time as stress-free and safe as possible for the patient and family.

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  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Employee assistance program
  • Sick and POOL differential pay
  • Cafeteria discounts
  • CollegeInvest 529 Plan
  • Credit union
  • Discounted ski passes
  • Health club memberships
  • Transportation incentives
  • Wireless discounts
  • Pharmacy discounts
  • Retirement plan


  • PRN - As Needed


  • 1 year of Pre-op/PACU experience
  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Colorado or from a valid compact state 
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) by the American Heart Association 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)


Linda & Lorrissa, two OR RNs, discuss what drew them to VVSC

About Vail Valley Surgery Center

Vail Valley Surgery Center Vail is a world-class facility in a world-class resort. Our Vail center is centrally located on the main campus of the Vail Health Hospital. Whether you are a local resident, a visitor to the area, or have come specifically to be treated in our top-notch facility, we treat every patient with the same high level of care.

We opened the doors to our multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2002, and since then have continued to offer only the best technology, treatment, and expertise. You'll receive individualized attention in the warm and comfortable atmosphere of our state-of-the-art center.

Vail Valley Surgery Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity in the workplace.

 Apply today.

Our short application process takes less than 3 minutes on your phone, tablet or computer.

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