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Nurse Manager Perianesthesia


Job Description

LOCATION: Lancaster, PA

HOURS: Full Time. Day shift hours. On-call rotation.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is seeking an experienced and driven leader to oversee Perianesthesia. The Perianesthia Nurse Manager will manage our Main Post Anesthesia Care Unit which consists of 18 Main PACU bays and provides both inpatient and outpatient PACU care after surgical, diagnostical and interventional procedures. They will also manage the 23 bed Main Pre-Postoperative Unit that serves all surgical and procedural patients in the Main Operating Room as well as other patients requiring procedures or testing under anesthesia. The Nurse Manager will work closely with Assistant Nurse Managers on each unit, to lead their teams of Registered Nurses and Patient Care Assistants.  

POSITION SUMMARY: Manages and is accountable for the care delivered in a patient care department or area consistent with the mission and vision of the organization.  Patient care includes care to patients in the following age groups: newborn (birth to 28 days), infant (29 days through 11 months), toddler (12 months to 2 years), pre-school (3 years to 5 years), school age (6 years to 12 years), adolescent (13 years to 17 years), adult (18 years to 64 years and older adults (65 years and older).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Develop and implement departmental objectives based on organizational goals.

  • Develop and implement appropriate staffing and scheduling assignments.  In order to drive departmental performance, assignments will reflect appropriate utilization of personnel, considering scope of practice, competencies, patient needs and complexity of care.

  • Accept departmental accountability for current and new practices, clinical programs and systems necessary to support changing patient care needs.

  • Accept organizational accountability for services provided to recipients.

  • Develop, implement, monitor and be accountable for the budget for the defined area(s) of responsibility.

  • Evaluate job performance of unit personnel by completing staff performance appraisals and competency assessments and by monitoring performance on an ongoing basis.

  • Coordinate nursing care with other healthcare disciplines to maximize patient care outcomes and resource allocation.

  • Evaluate patient, family, physician and staff satisfaction.  Implement actions to establish improvements.

  • Ensure appropriate orientation, education, credentialing, and continuing professional development for assigned personnel.

  • Using input from staff, oversee recruitment, selection, and retention of personnel that are representative of the population diversity. Utilize various motivational strategies to increase staff morale and also provide counseling for employees as appropriate. 

  • Monitor the quality of patient care and safety, maintaining designated standards according to organization’s process improvement plan.

  • Ensure evidence-based practice by participating in and involving the nursing staff in evaluative research activities.

  • Ensure shared accountability for professional practice by fostering and developing a shared governance model in the department.

  • Advocate for a work environment that minimizes work-related illness and injury.

  • Serve as a clinical resource person by providing clinical guidance and by assisting nursing personnel in assessing patient/family status to plan of nursing care.

  • Assist in department as needed and maintain specific identified Nurse Manager clinical competencies.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Monitor utilization of supplies and equipment based on established standards.

  • Participate and/or lead unit, department and interdepartmental committees.

  • Collaborate with educational personnel to plan and implement orientation and ongoing educational programs.

  • Participate in developing departmental and hospital policy and procedure and in the development of patient care standards, protocols and guidelines.

  • Participates in and actively supports research activities of the organization.

  • Depending on location, may need to occasionally serve as administrator on call or as supervisor.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse, issued by the PA State Board of Nursing.      

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) or higher level nursing degree is required.

  • Applicable certifications may be required for certain roles.

  • One (1) year of experience serving in a leadership role. (examples include but not limited to Clinical Ladder participation, committee chair or participation in Nurse Manager Residency Program).

  • Five (5) years of clinical experience.


  • Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse Certification CPAN

  • Five (5) years as staff nurse in a related field.

  • Five (5) years of previous management experience or participation in management courses.

  • For internal candidates, if eligible, Clinical Ladder.

Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely. #LI-LJ1

Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

LGH Full Time Posted on 11/20/2023