A perianesthesia nurse is part of a team of health care professionals made up of surgeons, operating room nurses, anesthesiologists and others involved in surgical procedures. The role of the perianesthesia nurse is to care for the patient after the surgery is complete and while the patient is still under the influence of the anesthetic. Different patients have various reactions to the anesthesia when they wake up and the perianesthesia nurse must be aware and fully prepared for any possible outcome. Some patients wake up experiencing sickness and vomiting while others describe feelings of extreme excitement and euphoria. Before the operation takes place the perianesthesia nurse will prep the patient with a brief overview of the treatments the patient is going to receive and what the possible after-effects might be.

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