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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 2,074 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, California
Trinity Health FirstChoice
a month ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
$4,610/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Stability Healthcare
a day ago
$4,485/wk
Travel contract
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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
5 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 CareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Host Healthcare
2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Coatesville, PA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #558980 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
$4,410/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Selma, California
Stability Healthcare
a month ago
$4,382/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Oakland, California
Lead Healthstaff
3 hours ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $3752.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$3,752/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
San Jose, California
Lead Healthstaff
3 hours ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $3752.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$3,752/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCareStaff Partners
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Kingsport, Tennessee
CareStaff Partners
3 hours ago
The CareStaff Partners Difference: Join a Family Oriented Team that is Passionate about the mutual goal of finding the right local or travel contract position for You and You ...
$2,504/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Kingsport, Tennessee
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,358/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
San Jose, California
KPG Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,258/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Oakland, California
KPG Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,258/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Oakland, California
KPG Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,258/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Portland, Oregon
KPG Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,258/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareHealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
New Orleans, Louisiana
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
2 hours ago
$2,208/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lander, Wyoming
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Lander, WY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Lander, WY! This is a full time travel contract ...
$2,121/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Taos, New Mexico
Ethos Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,074/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Taos, New Mexico
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,020/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Watsonville, California
OneStaff Medical
2 hours ago
$2,012/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Atlanta, Georgia
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,003/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Atlanta, Georgia
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$1,394/wk
Travel contract
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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 (294), Stability Healthcare (244), and American Mobile Healthcare (227).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, June 23rd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,083, but can pay up to $4,610 per week.

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  • avg - $2,083
  • max - $4,610

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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HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
New Orleans, Louisiana
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
3 hours ago
$2,208/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Salinas, California
American Mobile Healthcare
a month ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Post-Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU - (PACU RN)StartDate: 05/24/2021Available Shifts: 8 D Pay Rate: $1989.76 - 2192.80This posit ...
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Syracuse, New York
American Mobile Healthcare
a month ago
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$1,801/wk
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American Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Denver, Colorado
American Mobile Healthcare
a month ago
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$1,590/wk
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Jacksonville, Florida
Lead Healthstaff
13 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $2291.40 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$2,291/wk
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Jacksonville, Florida
KPG Healthcare
a month ago
$1,539/wk
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Milford, Massachusetts
Ethos Medical Staffing
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$3,134/wk
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Tuba City, Arizona
Ethos Medical Staffing
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$2,995/wk
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Huntington, West Virginia
Ethos Medical Staffing
4 hours ago
$2,920/wk
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Columbia, South Carolina
Ethos Medical Staffing
4 hours ago
$2,890/wk
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