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 2,040 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
10 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
Grants Pass, Oregon
Lead Healthstaff
4 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU 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 He ...
$6,390/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Edinburg, Texas
Lead Healthstaff
10 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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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Toledo, Ohio
Lead Healthstaff
10 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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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCoast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Edinburg, Texas
Coast Medical Service
5 days 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 ...
$5,668/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
Baltimore, Maryland
Cross Country Nurses
4 hours 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 ...
$5,240/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Spokane, Washington
Cross Country Nurses
4 hours 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 ...
$4,420/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Everett, Washington
Cross Country Nurses
4 hours 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 ...
$4,400/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Medford, Oregon
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #169150. 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 P ...
$4,147/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gainesville, Georgia
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #199627. 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 job title: GA ...
$3,917/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Saginaw, Michigan
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #200678. 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 ...
$3,497/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BzT3AAK. 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 ...
$3,425/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Modesto, California
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #170660. 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 P ...
$3,024/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Leander, Texas
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C1ErAAK. 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 ...
$3,002/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lenexa, Kansas
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #192185. 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: TRAV ...
$2,880/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Austin, Texas
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #202825. 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: TRAV ...
$2,880/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Artesia, New Mexico
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #160307. 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 job title: NM ...
$2,880/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Round Rock, Texas
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #155738. 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: TRAV ...
$2,880/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Falls Church, Virginia
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #158009. 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 job title: RN ...
$2,570/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Chico, California
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #180713. 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 job title: CA ...
$2,534/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Boston, Massachusetts
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #159068. 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: Regi ...
$2,395/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Taos, New Mexico
Focus Staff
4 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C3qwAAC. 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 ...
$2,333/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Little Neck, New York
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #137583. 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 P ...
$1,809/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Brockton, Massachusetts
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #178356. 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: Regi ...
$1,655/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #193716. 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 P ...
$1,452/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 Stability Healthcare (359), Advantis Medical (229), and OneStaff Medical (218).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Sunday, November 28th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $3,180, but can pay up to $6,475 per week.

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  • min - $1,232
  • avg - $3,180
  • max - $6,475

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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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Glen Oaks, New York
Advantis Medical
5 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #182382. 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 P ...
$5,299/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Portland, Oregon
Advantis Medical
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Advantis Job ID #201103. 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 ...
$4,608/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Providence, Rhode Island
Advantis Medical
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Advantis Job ID #199952. 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 ...
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Spokane, Washington
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Advantis Job ID #179150. 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 P ...
$4,147/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Everett, Washington
Advantis Medical
7 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #178479. 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 P ...
$4,147/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fishersville, Virginia
Advantis Medical
18 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #181058. 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 ...
$4,032/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Albany, New York
Advantis Medical
13 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #172453. 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: AMC ...
$4,032/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Issaquah, Washington
Advantis Medical
6 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #201195. 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 ...
$3,943/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Baltimore, Maryland
Advantis Medical
12 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #173980. 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 job title: Reg ...
$3,810/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Albany, New York
Advantis Medical
8 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #187685. 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: AMC ...
$3,571/wk
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