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 Director Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Director Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Shawnee, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days ago
SSM Health — a nationally recognized Catholic, not-for-profit integrated health system serving Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin is seeking an Acute Care Nursing Director ...
$26-40/hr
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Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Shawnee, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days ago
Provides direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESUses standards of medical-surg ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Shawnee, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days ago
Not ready to apply? Click here to fill out a quick interest form and a nurse recruiter will be in touch. direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures a ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Shawnee, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days ago
Provides direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the healthcare organization.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESUses standards of medical-surg ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Shawnee, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days ago
Not ready to apply? Click here to fill out a quick interest form and a nurse recruiter will be in touch. direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures an ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Charge Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Charge Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
2 days ago
This position is 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.We are offering a $10,000 sign on bonus for experienced nurses to join our team! Provides leadership and coordination of unit staffing while e ...
$24-38/hr
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
2 days ago
This is a Weekend Option position from 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.We are offering a $10,000 sign on bonus for experienced nurses to join our team! The Registered Nurse is a professional ...
$24-38/hr
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
2 days ago
Supports and maintains applications and other technical integrations to meet the needs of the organization. Impacts a range of customers that primarily include the operational end ...
$24-38/hr
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View job details for Manager Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute CareSSM Health
Manager Registered Nurse (RN) - Acute Care
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
2 days ago
Manages activities, workflow and nursing resources of assigned nursing unit(s).PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESEnsures compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements for self an ...
$24-38/hr
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Fremont, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
9 days ago
Location: Fremont, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Fremont, OH! This is a full time travel contract positio ...
$4,687/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Toledo, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
9 days ago
Location: TOLEDO, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in TOLEDO, OH! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$4,687/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Toledo, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
9 days ago
Location: TOLEDO, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in TOLEDO, OH! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$4,687/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Toledo, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
a month ago
Location: TOLEDO, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in TOLEDO, OH! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$4,687/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Sylvania, Ohio
Ardor Health Solutions
2 months ago
Location: Sylvania, OH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Sylvania, OH! This is a full time travel contract posit ...
$4,687/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Centralia, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
3 days ago
Location: Centralia, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Acute - M/S Acute to join our travel team in Centralia, WA! This is a full time travel c ...
$3,682/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
17 hours ago
Location: Lewisburg, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Lewisburg, PA! This is a full time travel contract pos ...
$3,459/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareSynergy Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Riverdale, Georgia
Synergy Medical Staffing
11 hours ago
$3,276/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Great Neck, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
4 days ago
Location: Great Neck, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Great Neck, NY! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$2,356/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Acute CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Great Neck, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
4 days ago
Location: Great Neck, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Acute Care - Acute Care to join our travel team in Great Neck, NY! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$2,356/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - Acute Care
Walla Walla, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
3 days ago
Location: Walla Walla, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Acute - M/S Acute to join our travel team in Walla Walla, WA! This is a full time trav ...
$1,769/wk
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What are the best agencies for Acute Care Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Acute Care Nurse jobs are Ardor Health Solutions (62), SSM Health (18), and TotalMed Staffing (12).

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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Posted on Jun 30, 2021
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4 days ago
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$4,158/wk
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