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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

College of Health Sciences

Nursing Careers:
Ambulatory Surgery PACU


Judith Jean Maher (Livingston)
BSN '65

What is "Ambulatory Surgery PACU"?

  • First of all, read about Ambulatory Nursing in the link below:
    What is Ambulatory Nursing?

  • Secondly, ambulatory nursing will be occurring after surgery in the PACU - "Post-Anesthesia Care Unit"

What drew you to the career of Ambulatory Surgery PACU?

I was drawn to this nursing specialty since I could be in acute care without working holidays and weekends. This job also kept me up to date on critical skills.

How did you prepare for it?

[In addition to a BSN degree], I prepared for this career through critical care courses, ACLS, PALS, and PACU studies.

What do you like the most about this career?

Maher says, "What I like most about my career in ambulatory surgery PACU is the opportunity to teach patients. I also like the rapid turnover of patients (thus being able to help more people)."

What are the biggest challenges?

The biggest challenge in this nursing specialty is keeping up to date!!

What advice would you have for a student interested in this field?

Anyone interested in this career should study about critical care patients. Remember that you will be in charge (literally) of their lives until they wake up and are able to do things for themselves.

Extra info about you! What are you and have you been doing?

I retired after working 40 years at the same facility. I am enjoying life with family and friends!

Judith Jean Maher (Livingston)

Judith Jean Maher (Livingston)
“Study about critical care patients. Remember that you will be in charge (literally) of their lives until they wake up and are able to do things for themselves.”

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