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 4,198 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Rosedale, Maryland
American Mobile Healthcare
5 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Post-Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU - (PACU RN)StartDate: 11/22/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $7083.20 - 7836.73The elite ...
$7,459/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6475.20 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$6,475/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Edinburg, Texas
Lead Healthstaff
2 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6144.34 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$6,144/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
2 days ago
Stability Job ID #266698. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 48 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: PA ...
$5,987/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Toledo, Ohio
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $5964.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$5,964/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Cone Health Wesley Long Hospital
Greensboro, North Carolina
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #931549. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,510/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
UNC Hospitals Chapel Hill NC
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #928976. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,510/wk
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Dignity Health Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Bakersfield, California
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #920868. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,510/wk
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Arnot Health Ogden Medical Center
Elmira, New York
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #891702. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,510/wk
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Lifepoint Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital
Elko, Nevada
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #917957. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,335/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Great Falls Clinic Medical Center
Great Falls, Montana
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #914278. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,276/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Mohawk Valley Health System St Elizabeth Campus NY
Utica, New York
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #915620. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,250/wk
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Mercy Health Muskegon General Campus MI
Muskegon, Michigan
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #889842. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,250/wk
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SCL Good Samaritan Medical Center
Lafayette, Colorado
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #925921. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,120/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center IL
Oak Park, Illinois
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #901261. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,120/wk
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Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion CA
La Jolla, California
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #904805. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,104/wk
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UC San Diego Medical Center
San Diego, California
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #890459. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,104/wk
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Great Plains Regional Medical Center
North Platte, Nebraska
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #914372. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,990/wk
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Mercy Health Muskegon General Campus MI
Muskegon, Michigan
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #889853. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,925/wk
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Mercy Health Muskegon General Campus MI
Muskegon, Michigan
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #889841. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,925/wk
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Adventist HealthCare Fort Washington Medical Center
Fort Washington, Maryland
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #924173. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,860/wk
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Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center
Silver Spring, Maryland
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #918554. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,860/wk
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Mid-America Surgery Institute KS
Overland Park, Kansas
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #912306. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,860/wk
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Baylor St Lukes Medical Center
Houston, Texas
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #898073. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$1,690/wk
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Baylor St Lukes Medical Center
Houston, Texas
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #898072. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$1,690/wk
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PACU Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have PACU Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most PACU Nurse jobs are Providence Regional Medical Center Everett-Pacific Campus (23 jobs), Samaritan Medical Center (16 jobs), and Albany Medical Center (15 jobs).

What are the best agencies for PACU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PACU Nurse jobs are American Mobile Healthcare (493), Accountable Healthcare Staffing (444), and Stability Healthcare (394).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, December 1st 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $3,082, but can pay up to $7,459 per week.

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  • avg - $3,082
  • max - $7,459

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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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
OU Medical Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
5 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #887480. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$4,290/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Grants Pass, Oregon
OneStaff Medical
2 days ago
A Post-Anesthesia Recovery Nurse will provide care for post-operative patients recovering from anesthesia, including general, regional, and local. The PACU RN treats inpatients and ...
$4,619/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Falls Church, Virginia
OneStaff Medical
3 days ago
A Post-Anesthesia Recovery Nurse will provide care for post-operative patients recovering from anesthesia, including general, regional, and local. The PACU RN treats inpatients and ...
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TotalMed Staffing
3 days ago
TotalMed Job ID #663376. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse A ...
$4,039/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Sebastian, Florida
trustaff
5 hours ago
PACU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The role of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse (PACU RN) is to provide care for patients recovering from anesthesia. The PACU R ...
$1,656/wk
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Tact Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
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El Paso, Texas
Tact Medical Staffing
5 hours ago
PACU Registered Nurse Post-Anesthesia Start Date: 12/13/2021 Shift: Day (12 Hours) 8:30 17:00 Shift Length: 8 Hours Assignment Length: 13 weeks Benefits: TACT Medical Staffing ...
$4,056/wk
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Albany, New York
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PACU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$3,672/wk
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Harrison, Arkansas
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PACU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$3,276/wk
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Aureus Medical Group - Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
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Aureus Medical Group - Nursing
5 hours ago
This 275-bed level III trauma center is the Big Island's leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care. It houses the second busiest ER in the state that provides care to more ...
$3,136/wk
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Sebastian, Florida
Mynela Staffing
5 hours ago
Mynela Staffing Job ID #6. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$1,732/wk
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