Travel OR Nurse Jobs

Many operating room nurses work in hospital surgical departments, but they also work in outpatient surgery centers. Besides general surgery, operating room nurses may also choose subspecialties within the field, such as cardiovascular surgery or neurosurgery.

Operating room nurses, also called surgical nurses or perioperative nurses, are RNs who specialize in the operating room. Perioperative nurses help plan, administer, and evaluate the treatment of patients scheduled for various surgical procedures. They work closely with patients and their family members, as well as the surgical staff and other health care professionals.

Surgical nurses are valued members of the surgical team because of their professional judgment and critical thinking skills, which are necessary to identify a surgery patient’s needs based on observation and assessment of patient data. According to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the U.S. will need more than a million new RNs by 2022, especially in specialties like operating room nursing which was the sixth highest in-demand nursing specialty in 2019. As the population ages, surgical volumes increase, and 20% of perioperative nurses are expected to retire within the next five years; the AORN projects that demand for operating room nurses will increase 1% to 2% annually. Perioperative nursing is a top recruited specialty on Vivian with thousands of OR RN jobs available nationwide.

Operating Room nursing at a glance

Scope of practice:

  • Care for patients before, during, and after surgery

  • Address patient and family member concerns

  • Monitor patients’ vital signs and report adverse changes

  • Gather necessary surgical equipment and supplies for the scheduled procedure

  • Ensure operating room sterility and optimal patient care

  • May work as a scrub nurse, circulating nurse, or RN First Assistant

Operating Room Nurse Salary

RNs in permanent staff positions can expect a median annual wage of $73,300 (BLS), which adds up to approximately $1,410 weekly or $35 hourly based on a 40 hour work week. According to Vivian data, OR travel nurses earn an average gross weekly salary of $1,878, which includes a housing allowance and per diem for meals or incidentals. Housing and per diems aren’t taxed, but only travel nurses who claim a permanent tax-home may receive this extra compensation.

Because travel nursing roles tend to be short-term assignments in areas far from home, some employers also offer travel reimbursements. However, travel reimbursement, along with referral and completion bonuses, are taxed significantly more than any other type of pay. Higher tax rates can cut into your net earnings, but travel OR RN’s can still expect to earn more than those in an equivalent staff position.

We currently have 7,600 matching OR Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
St. Agnes Hospital
Fresno, California
Trinity Health FirstChoice
5 days ago
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$6,710/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomFastaff Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
San Jose, California
Fastaff Travel Nursing
4 days ago
The Estimated Weekly Total is based on working the listed number hours per week and includes available stipend amounts; eligibility may vary subject to company policy and applicabl ...
$8,155/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Hanford, California
Lead Healthstaff
13 days ago
We need a Surgery - OR Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6816.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead Heal ...
$6,816/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Hanford, California
Lead Healthstaff
16 days ago
We need a Surgery - OR Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6816.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead Heal ...
$6,816/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Bakersfield, California
Lead Healthstaff
15 days ago
We need a Surgery - OR Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6390.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead Heal ...
$6,390/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Wenatchee, Washington
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IGg2AAG. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$4,059/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomFastaff Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Ventura, California
Fastaff Travel Nursing
5 hours ago
The Estimated Weekly Total is based on working the listed number hours per week and includes available stipend amounts; eligibility may vary subject to company policy and applicabl ...
$3,850/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IGe5AAG. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$3,720/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
OneStaff Medical
7 hours ago
The Operating Room (OR) Nurse will provide care for patients before, during and after surgery. They will also, educate the patient, circulating nurse and/or scrub nurse, and potent ...
$3,356/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomAscend National Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Boone Health
Columbia, Missouri
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing
5 hours ago
Ascend National Job ID #4. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,312/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Aurora, Colorado
Host Healthcare
6 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Operating Room position in Aurora, CO. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #729729 Why choose Host Healthc ...
$3,276/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Stafford Springs, Connecticut
OneStaff Medical
7 hours ago
The Operating Room (OR) Nurse will provide care for patients before, during and after surgery. They will also, educate the patient, circulating nurse and/or scrub nurse, and potent ...
$3,259/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Brooklyn, New York
OneStaff Medical
3 hours ago
The Operating Room (OR) Nurse will provide care for patients before, during and after surgery. They will also, educate the patient, circulating nurse and/or scrub nurse, and potent ...
$3,256/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomOloop Health
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Boone Health
Columbia, Missouri
Oloop Health
7 hours ago
Oloop Technology Job ID #204486. Pay package is based on 10.5 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,168/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
5 hours ago
Ethos Medical Staffing Job ID #1. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,072/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomPremier Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
Premier Medical Staffing
7 hours ago
Premier Medical Staffing Job ID #259051. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,024/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
Mynela Staffing
5 hours ago
Mynela Staffing Job ID #9. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,958/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
Focus Staff
6 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IGXyAAO. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,919/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomCoast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
Coast Medical Service
5 hours ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
$2,829/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
Advantis Medical
6 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #206250. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: MO - ...
$2,765/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Columbia, Missouri
OneStaff Medical
7 hours ago
The Operating Room (OR) Nurse will provide care for patients before, during and after surgery. They will also, educate the patient, circulating nurse and/or scrub nurse, and potent ...
$2,679/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomIDR Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Dallas, Texas
IDR Healthcare
3 hours ago
IDR Job ID #37294. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: RN OR
$2,621/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Dallas, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
3 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #692371. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Operating Room Travel Nurse Ass ...
$2,316/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Bel Air, Maryland
Ardor Health Solutions
6 hours ago
Location: Bel Air, MD Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Operating Room - OR to join our travel team in Bel Air, MD! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,188/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating RoomNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Methodist Germantown
Germantown, Tennessee
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #4. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$1,937/wk
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OR Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have OR Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most OR Nurse jobs are Ocala Regional Medical Center (17 jobs), Baptist Medical Center South (16 jobs), and Saint Joseph Medical Center (16 jobs).

What are the best agencies for OR Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most OR Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (1221), Ardor Health Solutions (618), and Advantis Medical (585).

How Much Do OR Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Sunday, December 5th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Operating Room Nurse is $3,229, but can pay up to $8,155 per week.

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Where do Operating Room OR Nurses work?

Many perioperative nurses work in the surgical department at hospitals, including preparing patients for surgery in the pre-op area and ensuring they’re safe to transport to the PACU after surgery. OR nurses may also work in ambulatory surgery units also called outpatient surgery centers.

Operating theatres are often fast paced, demanding, and stressful with little down time as a surgical team moves from one procedure to the next during a busy operating schedule. Operating room nurses must have physical stamina and emotional strength. This is true in operating rooms that perform general surgeries, but even more so in trauma or critical care surgery where patients present more severe conditions. Finally, OR nurses may also work in surgical units specializing in specific fields, such as cardiovascular surgery, plastic or reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, oncology, pediatrics, or ophthalmology.

How to become an Operating Room Nurse specialist?

Operating room nurses must first become registered nurses by graduating from nursing school and passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certifications are required, and it’s advised to obtain a Certified Nurse, Operating Room certification.

What does an Operating Room nurse do?

Operating room nurses assist surgical teams in the care of patients before, during, and after all types of operations using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Tasks vary because there are three distinct roles within the OR nursing field, including:

  • Scrub nurses: provide instruments and supplies to surgical staff during an operation

  • Circulating nurses: help maintain a safe operating room while managing overall nursing care

  • RN First Assistants: assist surgeons with direct surgical care, such as suturing and controlling bleeding

Prior to an operation, OR nurses answer questions and address concerns among patients and their families. They gather all the necessary supplies and patient info, ensuring the OR is set up properly. Because OR nurses play such an important role in the safety and positioning of the patient in the OR, their job requires an exceptional amount of attention to detail. During surgery, they continuously monitor the patient’s condition and inform the surgical staff of any adverse changes.

Following surgery, OR nurses ensure the patient is stable and recovering well enough to send to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Operating room nurses also educate patients on appropriate post-op recovery procedures, including how to properly care for surgical wounds to prevent infections and manage post-surgery pain with prescribed or over the counter medications.

What skills make a good Operating Room nurse?

Operating room nurses are expected to be highly skilled RNs, meaning they’ve honed their clinical experience to become quick, efficient, and precise when providing compassionate care to patients. The complex, high-paced OR environment makes certain skills even more desirable. Organization, communication, and teamwork skills are critical for a good operating room nurse to enhance patient safety and facilitate optimal outcomes. Other necessary skills include:

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure

  • Compassion and empathy to patients’ needs

  • Problem solving to make critical patient care decisions

  • Multi-tasking to effectively coordinate patients’ health care

  • Attention to detail while monitoring patients for adverse changes in their conditions

  • Decision making to effectively determine when intervention or consultation is required

  • Maintaining a sterile environment and optimal patient positioning

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Nurse First
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Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
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Lead Healthstaff
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OneStaff Medical
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