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Clinical Nurse - PACU 

About the Organization Thank you for your interest in exploring the professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling benefits with Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. We look forward to continuing our discussion about the opportunity and purpose health professionals experience as valued members of TCRHCC team.

A TCRHCC career offers a chance to live and work within or near Native communities, providing clinicians/nurses/administrators with a unique opportunity to learn the heritage of the tribes we serve, discover traditions that have been carried down for generations and gain cultural insight into the beliefs and values of a deserving and appreciative patient population.


*** SIGN-ON BONUS ***    $15,000

**  LRP Options

*  Starting Hourly rate:   $33  to  $52  



Responsible for providing nursing care to pre-operative and post-operative patients involving standardized procedures requiring knowledge and consideration of specific patient conditions and treatments. Provides nursing care in the various clinical areas, which require the full range of professional nursing proficiency from admission through discharge planning. This includes assessing the needs of patients with a wide variety of illnesses, administering medication, operating special equipment, and responding appropriately to emergency situations. Follows guidelines that include doctor’s orders, standards of care, nursing policies and procedures manuals, and hospital policies.


  1. Interviews, assesses, and observes surgery patients during post-operative phase.
  2. Initiates treatments, medications, emergency and resuscitative measures based on appropriate utilization of physicians' pre- and post-op orders, standing orders and post anesthesia protocol.
  3. Monitors patients having surgical procedure under local anesthesia by assessing cardiopulmonary, respiratory and hemodynamic status and pain levels. Responsible for independent management of patients undergoing local anesthesia.
  4. Records observations, nursing interventions, therapeutic measures, and other data relevant to surgical patients.
  5. Develops individualized patient care plans or participates in patient care planning which involves the assessment and evaluation of patient needs, a determination of the nursing procedures and practices to be included; and periodic evaluation of plans to ensure that intended results are being achieved.
  6. Carries out treatments and emergency or other procedures required; administers medications; observes and documents patient’s conditions, changes and reactions to medications and medical treatment.
  7. Utilizes the AORN Standards of Care to develop, implement, evaluate nursing plan of care for the post-operative patient.
  8. Maintains professional knowledge and proficiency in nursing through continuing education, staff meetings, workshops and serving on nursing committees.
  9. Provides counseling and teaching to patients and families or surrogates on preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures involved in health care.
  10. Knowledge of normal growth, development and life cycle changes. This also includes knowledge of the physical, psychosocial and behavioral characteristics of the group for which care is provided.
  11. Knowledge of assessment practices related to pain management and various treatment modalities of pain relief.
  12. Knowledge of pharmaceuticals in order to recognize the desired effects, side effects and complications on their use.
  13. Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms which are not always apparent and to react promptly in emergency situations including the implementation of life saving procedures.
  14. Knowledge of human behavior during stressful situations in order to exercise emotional control, tact, patience and reliability in carrying out patient care.
  15. Responsible for electronic health records data entry pertinent to patient service role.
  16. Ensure proper PPE is always worn while on duty including but not limited to, face mask, gloves, gown, isolation gown, NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator or higher, if available), and eye or face shield.
  17. Complete all donning and doffing tasks in a safe acceptable method and discard of used PPE accordingly. (see CDC website for most current updates)
  18. Complete task training for all routine cleaning and decontamination processes for all surfaces contaminated by a communicable disease to ensure a high level of patient, visitor, employee and external customer satisfaction.
  19. Performs other duties as assigned.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work requires prolong periods walking, standing, talking or hearing, pushing/pulling, reaching with hands and arms, and using hands to finger, handle, or feel. Agility and the ability to lift, pull and bend are required to move patients to and from beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, et cetera, and in moving equipment and medical supplies. Work requires extensive ability to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and taste or smell. This position requires that weight be lifted, or force be exerted up to 100 lbs. at times. Must have close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. This position requires repetitive motion of both feet occasionally. It also requires prolonged repetitive motion actions of both hands in grasping simple/light and fine dexterity. It does require extension repetitive motion actions of both hands in grasping firm/heavy. The position requires the ability to hear alarms on equipment, client calls, instructions from physician/department staff; and, overhead pages on a loudspeaker.


Contacts often require tact and sensitivity as those related to stressful situation such as death, dying, and catastrophic illnesses. Must be able to prioritize and use good judgment. Must be able to coordinate a variety of issues while being frequently interrupted.


This job requires exposure to the following environmental conditions: extensive and prolonged exposure to fumes or airborne particles and infectious diseases; intermittent exposure to: wet, humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold (non-weather); extreme heat (non-weather); risk of electrical shock; risk of radiation; and, vibration. The noise level is typically moderate.

Position Requirements


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing


  • A valid, current, full and unrestricted Professional Nursing License to practice nursing in any state of the United States of America, The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • PALS within ninety (90) days of hire


  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience within a critical care setting (PACU, ICU, or ED)

Other Skills and Abilities:

A record of satisfactory performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by positive employment references from previous and current employers. All employment references must address and indicate success in each one of the following areas:

  • Positive working relationships with others
  • Possession of high ethical standards and no history of complaints
  • Reliable and dependable; reports to work as scheduled without excessive absences
  • Knowledge of normal growth, development and life cycle changes. This also includes knowledge of the physical, psychosocial and behavioral characteristics of the group for which care is provided.
  • Knowledge of infection control procedures and safety precautions
  • Knowledge of disease entities in order to recognize complications and therapeutic interventions required
  • Knowledge of assessment practices related to pain management and various treatment modalities of pain relief
  • Knowledge of pharmaceuticals in order to recognize the desired effects, side effects and complications on their use, with emphasis on vasopressors and emergency medications titration of these medications
  • Possess and employs an ability to communicate with patients and families during time of emotional and physical stress
  • Complete Patient Sitter Competency Training (upon hire)
Close Date 2/11/2023  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation  
Navajo/Indian Preference Applicants who are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe or San Juan Southern Paiute Tribes and who meet the necessary qualifications for this position will be given preference in hiring and employment for this position.  
Open Date 5/28/2021  

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