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 2,607 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Looking for a RN opportunity where patients come first and you are valued as a team member?  This position is prn working in our PACU at our Bone & Joint Hospital location.  As ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Looking for a RN opportunity where patients come first and you are valued as a team member?  This position is full time working inat our Bone & Joint Hospital location.  As a R ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Provides leadership and direction to the patient care team. Performs age-specific physical, psychological, and social assessments, formulates nursing diagnoses, and develops a pla ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Provides leadership and direction to the patient care team. Performs age-specific physical, psychological, and social assessments, formulates nursing diagnoses, and develops a pla ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Provides leadership and direction to the patient care team. Performs age-specific physical, psychological, and social assessments, formulates nursing diagnoses, and develops a pla ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Come join the PACU Surgery team at Lake St. Louis. You will be joining a dynamic team that is compassionate about their patients and co-workers. This team offers growth and develop ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
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Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
To qualify for this position, we are looking for candidates with a minimum of 1 year in a critical care area or PACU experience at a Level 1 Trauma Center.We are offering a $10,000 ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health DePaul Hospital
Bridgeton, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Under supervision and in collaboration with other health care professionals, assist in performing a variety of nursing care services for patients.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESReceives p ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Three 12 hour shifts.  Rotating start time—either 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. OR 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (this is considered a “late shift” and there are one to two late shifts required/ ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Provides leadership and direction to the patient care team. Performs age-specific physical, psychological, and social assessments, formulates nursing diagnoses, and develops a pla ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital
Centralia, Illinois
SSM Health
8 hours ago
*Sign-on Bonus Eligible*Do you have experience in Critical Care or Surgery? Do you enjoy a fast-paced environment? You will handle high-stress situations while also providing comfo ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
SSM Health
8 hours ago
At SSM Health, we know the healing power of presence begins with compassionate employees like you. At SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis, we have a Part Time RN open ...
$24-38/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
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Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Midwest City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Provides leadership and direction to the patient care team. Performs age-specific physical, psychological, and social assessments, formulates nursing diagnoses, and develops a pla ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
I'm interested
View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Midwest City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
8 hours ago
SSM Health, St. Anthony Midwest is actively looking for a RN to join our Pre/Post Op team!  If you are looking to join an organization that is growing, then this is the perfect opp ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Midwest City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
8 hours ago
Assesses, plans, coordinates, implements and evaluates nursing care for surgical patients.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESAccepts patient care assignments as directed. Communicates with cl ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Manhasset, New York
Cross Country Nurses
13 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 ...
$7,185/wk
Travel contract
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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
Queen Creek, Arizona
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
6 days 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 ...
$7,117/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
Hyde Park, New York
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6532.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$6,532/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
Manhasset, New York
Stability Healthcare
3 days ago
$6,484/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
Bay Shore, New York
Stability Healthcare
13 days ago
$6,480/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested

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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 (368), OneStaff Medical (280), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (279).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Monday, October 25th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,808, but can pay up to $7,185 per week.

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  • min - $1,161
  • avg - $2,808
  • max - $7,185

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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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Waco, Texas
OneStaff Medical
20 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 ...
$3,178/wk
Travel contract
OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Austin, Texas
OneStaff Medical
20 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 ...
$3,163/wk
Travel contract
OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Austin, Texas
OneStaff Medical
20 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 ...
$3,163/wk
Travel contract
OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Austin, Texas
OneStaff Medical
20 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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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Austin, Texas
OneStaff Medical
20 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 ...
$3,163/wk
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Roswell, Georgia
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 days 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 ...
$2,484/wk
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Gainesville, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
4 days ago
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$4,007/wk
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Baltimore, Maryland
Ardor Health Solutions
4 days ago
Location: BALTIMORE, MD Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in BALTIMORE, MD! This is a full time travel con ...
$4,218/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Miami Valley Hospital
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
6 days ago
$1,591/wk
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