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 1,761 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Fresno, CA
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Days
Stability Job ID #286128. 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 ...
Travel
7 days ago

$5,987/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Madera, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Flexible
Synergy Medical Staffing Job ID #208625. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
Travel
Today

$5,740/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Santa Clara, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
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 ...
Travel
6 days ago

$5,647/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Detroit, MI
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Days, Nights
-36 or 48 hours -EXCLUSIVE roles with QUICK offers! -Co vid vaccination required
Travel

$5,603/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Fremont, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
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 ...
Travel
8 days ago

$5,555/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Bellevue, WA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
TotalMed Job ID #737343. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse As ...
Travel
Today

$5,194/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Madera, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
Advantis Job ID #226873. 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: CA-R ...
Travel
Today

$5,069/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Fort Dodge, IA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
Today

$4,270/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Fort Dodge, IA
    • 3x12 hrs
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IwpGAAS. 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 ...
Travel
Today

$3,931/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Raleigh, NC
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
TotalMed Job ID #737142. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse A ...
Travel
Today

$3,896/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Charlotte, NC
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
TotalMed Job ID #737357. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse A ...
Travel
Today

$3,584/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Boone, NC
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience in same or higher acuity unit required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Opportunity for ex ...
Travel
Today

$3,565/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • New Port Richey, FL
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience in same or higher acuity unit required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Opportunity for ex ...
Travel
Today

$3,389/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Beaufort, SC
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Beaufort, SC. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #881086 Why choose Host Healthcare? Be ...
Travel
Today

$3,276/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Bangor, ME
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
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 ...
Travel
Today

$3,011/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Beaufort, SC
    • 3x12 hrs
Advantis Job ID #227969. 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: PACU ...
Travel
Today

$2,995/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Pinehurst, NC
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience in same or higher acuity unit required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Opportunity for ex ...
Travel
Today

$2,993/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Beaufort, SC
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
TotalMed Job ID #737471. Pay package is based on 10 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse A ...
Travel
Today

$2,887/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Cleveland, OH
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
TotalMed Job ID #689658. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse A ...
Travel
Today

$2,623/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Cleveland, OH
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
TotalMed Job ID #689657. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Post-Anesthesia Travel Nurse A ...
Travel
Today

$2,623/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Wellington, FL
    • 5x8 hrs
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
Today

$2,515/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Hillsboro, OR
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
Today

$2,274/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Hartford, CT
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
Today

$2,096/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Hartford, CT
    • 3x12 hrs
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IwsuAAC. 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 ...
Travel
Today

$2,064/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Hartford, CT
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
Location: Hartford, CT Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Hartford, CT! This is a full time travel contr ...
Travel
Today

$1,888/wk

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PACU Nurse FAQs

What are the best agencies for PACU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PACU Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (307), Advantis Medical (236), and OneStaff Medical (222).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Tuesday, January 18th 2022, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $3,120, but can pay up to $5,987 per week.

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  • min - $1,137
  • avg - $3,120
  • max - $5,987

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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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Sheboygan, WI
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
Location: Sheboygan, WI Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Sheboygan, WI! This is a full time travel con ...
Travel
7 days ago

$3,186/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Chicago, IL
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
11 days ago

$2,971/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Baltimore, MD
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Flexible
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
3 days ago

$2,896/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Middlebury, VT
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
3 days ago

$2,323/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Los Angeles, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
3 days ago

$2,040/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Medford, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
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 ...
Travel

$3,744/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Charlotte, NC
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Charlotte, NC. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #864694 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
Travel
12 days ago

$3,742/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Anacortes, WA
    • 3x12 hrs
Advantis Job ID #189206. 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: WA - ...
Travel

$4,147/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Dunedin, FL
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience required Unencumbered license in-hand at time of application for state(s) where assignment is located R ...
Travel
1 day ago

$3,776/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Fort Wayne, IN
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
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 ...
Travel
6 days ago

$3,378/wk