It is National Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Week and we want to take a moment to recognize the amazing work this group of nurses do every day. By providing vigilant and meticulous care, Peri-Anesthesia Nurses ensure the patient is tolerating the procedure by constantly monitoring vital signs and breathing. They play an integral role on the surgical team and are deeply involved in pain management procedures that involve anesthesia.
Lona is a senior Peri-Anesthesia Nurse who has been with UBC Hospital since 1985. “The hospital has changed tremendously over the years but the culture of caring hasn’t”, she says. “It’s been a family since day one and in many ways, the staff have grown together over the years.” The picture in this article was taken the day the team’s educator retired and one of the nurses, being a yoga instructor, and led the group through a 15-minute gratitude session. “We are all grateful to be together like a family,” says Lona.
Sarah joined the team about 18 months ago and says “I’m lucky enough to work in pre-op, post-anesthesia care and the surgical day care unit. The most enjoyable part of my job are all the amazing nurses I get to work with. We always try to have fun!” Sarah finds her job rewarding especially in working with patients and their families who are a part of the dental program. “These patients have aged out of BC Children’s Hospital and are unable to go to a dental office. Providing dental care to special needs patients is so inspirational” she says. Sarah feels much supported in her role at UBC Hospital. “My colleagues are amazing and always willing to help. Our head nurse, Amanda, is always available to support us personally and professionally.”
Happy Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Week – thank you for your commitment in providing exceptional care! If you are interested in pursing a nursing career in the Post-Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU), please visit careers.vch.ca.