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Travel PACU Nurse Jobs

PACU nurses work in the postanesthesia care unit of a medical facility. The PACU is a type of critical care unit where nurses and other medical professionals observe patients who are waking up from anesthesia. PACU nurses have many responsibilities, including the continuous monitoring of vital signs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a favorable employment outlook for all registered nurses, including those working in the PACU.

PACU nurse salary:

The salary of a PACU nurse depends on several factors, such as geographic location, years of experience, relevant certifications, and employer type. Travel nurses tend to make more than staff nurses due to their willingness to accept short-term assignments in high-need areas.

According to Vivian data, a travel PACU nurse typically earns a gross average salary of $1,731 per week, but the weekly salary may be as much as $3,120, depending on the details of the assignment. Travel PACU nurses work an average of 37.6 hours per week, which means a PACU nurse may earn as much as $46.04 per hour. However, many PACU nurses do not work the standard 36 hours per week, and in some cases, they can be on call. An advantage of  travel nursing is you are likely to receive tax-free stipends in addition to a base salary, increasing the total compensation for each assignment.

We currently have 2,166 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Per Diem Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCross Country Medical Staffing
Per Diem Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Chicago, Illinois
Cross Country Medical Staffing
4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - RN - PACU - needed in Chicago, IL for a leading hospital. Multiple contracts available. Earn $83 per hour while working with the nation’s leading staffing compan ...
$83/hr
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
19 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $4466.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$4,466/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
19 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $4466.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$4,466/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lakeview, Oregon
Lead Healthstaff
12 hours ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $4356.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$4,356/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Sayre, Pennsylvania
Cross Country Nurses
6 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
$4,180/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Tucson, Arizona
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
15 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$4,123/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareIntellaPro
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Wausau, Wisconsin
IntellaPro
5 hours ago
$3,417/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Washington, District Of Columbia
IntellaPro
5 hours ago
$3,216/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Washington, District Of Columbia
IntellaPro
5 hours ago
$2,896/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareMarvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Anchorage, Alaska
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: AKStart Date: 07/05/2021 Shifts: Days Guaranteed Hours: Length:13 weeks
$2,857/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareMarvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Tacoma, Washington
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
Hospital: St. Joseph Medical Center Location: Tacoma - WA Bill Rate:   Title: RN (Reg ...
$2,760/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareMarvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: FLStart Date: 07/19/2021 Shifts: Days Guaranteed Hours: Length:13 weeks
$2,732/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareMarvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
San Diego, California
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: CA Starting Date: Jul 26, 2021 Shift: Day
$2,636/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareIntellaPro
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Bedford, Texas
IntellaPro
5 hours ago
$2,220/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareMarvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Raleigh, North Carolina
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
FACILITY DETAILS Location: NC  Start: 7/11/21 Shift: 10HR  Guaranteed: 36 Contract Length: 13 Details: Required Certifications to be Attached upon Submittal: NC ...
$2,111/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lancaster, Texas
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
Hospital: Crescent Regional Hospital Location: Lancaster - TX Bill Rate: Title: RN (Registered N ...
$2,070/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fort Worth, Texas
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: TXStart Date: 07/06/2021 Shifts: Days Guaranteed Hours: Length:13 weeks
$1,913/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Dallas, Texas
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: TXStart Date: 07/20/2021 Shifts: Weekends Guaranteed Hours: Length:13 weeks
$1,913/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Glen Oaks, New York
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: NYStart Date: 08/09/2021 Shifts: Guaranteed Hours: 36
$1,888/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fort Pierce, Florida
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
5 hours ago
State: FLStart Date: 07/05/2021 Shifts: Days Guaranteed Hours: Length:13 weeks
$1,574/wk
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What are the best agencies for PACU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PACU Nurse jobs are OneStaff Medical (285), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (254), and Stability Healthcare (252).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, July 28th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,232, but can pay up to $4,466 per week.

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  • avg - $2,232
  • max - $4,466

What does a PACU nurse do?

Patients are usually asleep when they're transferred from the operating room to the PACU. When a patient arrives in the unit, nurses are responsible for hooking up the equipment used to measure heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs. PACU nurses are also responsible for administering pain medicines and checking surgical dressings.

Anesthesia causes some patients to experience nausea when they wake up, so PACU nurses frequently administer anti-nausea medications, also known as anti-emetics. A PACU nurse must be able to respond quickly any time a patient develops signs of postsurgical complications.

Where do PACU nurses work?

PACU nurses work in hospitals, surgical centers, and other types of medical facilities in the anesthesia recovery units for operating rooms and procedural areas 

What skills make a good PACU nurse?

PACU nurses must possess strong assessment skills in case patients experience complications shortly after waking up from anesthesia. A PACU nurse must be able to accurately determine the status of each patient by inspecting surgical wounds and watching for subtle changes in respiratory rate and heart rhythm. Another major function is determining when a patient is ready to be extubated (taken off a breathing machine).

A PACU nurse must also have the skills necessary to respond to cardiovascular emergencies. Anyone who wants to work in a PACU is required to complete the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification offered by the American Heart Association. Depending on the setting, some PACU nurses may also be required to complete Pediatric Advanced Life Support training.

Finally, skills related to pain assessment and pain control modalities are essential as PACU nurses are responsible for controlling post-op pain.

How to become a PACU nurse?

The initial steps to becoming a PACU nurse are the same as for any other nursing specialty: complete an accredited nursing program, pass the National Council Licensing Examination, and meet all other licensing requirements established by your state.

PACU nursing isn't an entry-level job, so the next step is to gain experience working as a registered nurse. When you're ready to transition to the PACU, check with your hospital's nursing administration to determine if you need to obtain the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse Credential. To sit for the CPAN certification exam, you'll need at least 1,200 hours of direct clinical experience within the two years prior to applying.

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