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Travel Acute Care Nurse Jobs

An acute care nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in treating patients with short-term but serious conditions who need immediate assistance. They may be called on to treat a wide array of severe injuries and illnesses, from med-surg patients, to car accident victims, to strokes. Acute care nursing is a rewarding yet challenging career path due to the time-sensitive, critical situations they’re often thrust into.

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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Taos, New Mexico
Ethos Medical Staffing
17 days ago
$2,923/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareDestination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Taos, New Mexico
Destination Travelcare
19 hours ago
$2,918/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareUSSI
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Saint Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY 10457)
Bronx, New York
USSI
19 hours ago
$2,876/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Taos Health System
Taos, New Mexico
Mynela Staffing
6 hours ago
$2,768/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareAccess Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
The Medical Center
Horse Cave, Kentucky
Access Healthcare
2 days ago
$2,736/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareAccess Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Cascade Valley Hospital
Arlington, Washington
Access Healthcare
2 days ago
$2,599/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute Caretrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Burlington, North Carolina
trustaff
2 days ago
$2,425/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Taos, New Mexico
Ardor Health Solutions
20 hours ago
Location: Taos, NM Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Taos, NM! This is a full time travel contract position. Re ...
$2,291/wk
Travel Contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Winner, South Dakota
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Winner, SD Setting: SNF UNIT Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Winner, SD! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,291/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Winner, South Dakota
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Winner, SD Setting: SNF UNIT Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Winner, SD! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,291/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Winner Regional Hospital
Winner, South Dakota
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
$2,245/wk
Travel Contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Winner Regional Hospital
Winner, South Dakota
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
$2,245/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Mayers Memorial District Hospital
Fall River Mills, California
Mynela Staffing
6 hours ago
$2,167/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareAccess Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Island Hospital
Anacortes, Washington
Access Healthcare
2 days ago
$2,067/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Culbertson, Montana
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Culbertson, MT Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Acute - M/S Acute to join our travel team in Culbertson, MT! This is a full time travel ...
$1,930/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareDestination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Anacortes, Washington
Destination Travelcare
2 days ago
$1,877/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Charlottesville, Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Charlottesville, VA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Acute - M/S Acute to join our travel team in Charlottesville, VA! This is a full t ...
$1,857/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Jerold Phelps Community Hospital
Garberville, California
Mynela Staffing
6 hours ago
$1,836/wk
Travel Contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Anacortes, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Anacortes, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Acute - M/S Acute to join our travel team in Anacortes, WA! This is a full time travel c ...
$1,822/wk
Travel Contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Howard County Medical Center
Saint Paul, Nebraska
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
$1,437/wk
Travel Contract
I'm interested

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Acute Care Nurse FAQs

What does an acute care nurse do?

Acute care nurses provide advanced nursing care to patients with acute conditions, such as heart attacks, life-threatening diabetes complications, respiratory distress, heat exhaustion, or any other serious condition that suddenly appears. They may also care for preoperative and postoperative patients. Acute care nurses assess and monitor their patients’ conditions, develop ongoing care plans, and update these plans, as necessary. Common acute care nursing tasks include:

  • Monitoring patients and checking vital signs 

  • Documenting treatment responses and changes

  • Implementing transitions in levels of care

  • Administering intravenous drips and medications

  • Managing patients’ pain relief and sedation

  • Administering blood and blood product transfusions

  • Entering orders for and reporting diagnostic tests results and screenings

  • Using specialized equipment like monitors and ventilators

  • Adjusting settings on assistive devices like temporary pacemakers

  • Performing life-saving interventions when needed

  • Educating and supporting patients and their families 

Where do acute care nurses work?

Acute care nurses work in a variety of clinical settings where emergency or critical care is provided. Specific places acute care nurses may work include emergency rooms, ambulatory care units, intensive care units, trauma centers, long-term care organizations, and surgery centers, among others. They may also work with a travel nursing agency.

What skills make a good acute care nurse?

Because they deal with so many patients who present with a huge array of conditions, good acute care nurses have advanced practice clinical expertise in caring for diverse patient populations and work well under pressure. Acute care nurses often work with limited patient data, so they possess strong clinical judgment and critical thinking skills to determine care priorities. They thrive in high-stress situations and excel at observation and problem-solving, so they can quickly alter treatments as soon as adverse problems arise. Above-average acute care nurses also have excellent communication skills that allow them to convey data clearly to other medical professionals and relay important information to patients’ family members with compassion.

How to become an Acute Care Travel Nurse

To become an acute care nurse, either an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required. Graduates of accredited nursing programs must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and fulfill all state licensing requirements to become licensed RNs.

RNs wanting to become acute care nurses must obtain Basic Life Support certification and may need Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. Critical Care Registered Nurse certification from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is recommended for career advancement. Travel positions often require at least two years of med-surg acute care experience.

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U.S. Virgin Islands: Location Guide

Posted on Apr 07, 2021
The island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.), is a haven for turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and water sports of all kinds. The weather borders on perfect with mild temps year round, and an ocean breeze that keeps you cool at night. St. Thomas is also a hot spot for travel nurses!…
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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

Day in the Life: COVID-19 ICU Nurse

Posted on Nov 11, 2020
As the nation’s daily count of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we are again seeing a major demand for nurses and travel nurses in facilities across the country. For some of us, we have experienced this public health catastrophe in waves, while others have been working COVID crisis contracts since March. Either way, nurses have…

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Taos Health System
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$1,134/wk
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Angel Medical Center
Franklin, North Carolina
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Taos, New Mexico
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$2,918/wk
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