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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 3,034 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareFastaff Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
East Orange, New Jersey
Fastaff Travel Nursing
2 days ago
The Estimated Weekly Total is based on working the listed number hours per week and includes available stipend amounts; eligibility may vary subject to company policy and applicabl ...
$5,189/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareFastaff Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Boston, Massachusetts
Fastaff Travel Nursing
2 days ago
The Estimated Weekly Total is based on working the listed number hours per week and includes available stipend amounts; eligibility may vary subject to company policy and applicabl ...
$4,719/wk
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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
25 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 CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
25 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 CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lakeview, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions
6 days ago
Location: LAKEVIEW, OR Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in LAKEVIEW, OR! This is a full time travel contr ...
$4,422/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareWhite Glove Placement
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
New York, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$3,600/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Albany, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$3,100/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
Baltimore, Maryland
Coast Medical Service
22 minutes ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience in specialty
$2,829/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareAssured Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Anaconda, Montana
Assured Nursing
2 hours ago
$2,640/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
Portland, Oregon
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,396/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareWhite Glove Placement
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Ogdensburg, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$2,300/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Utica, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$2,300/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Glen Falls, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$2,300/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Cumming, Georgia
Focus Staff
2 hours ago
$2,133/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareWhite Glove Placement
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Auburn, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$1,900/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Cumming, Georgia
Stability Healthcare
33 minutes ago
$1,886/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Stuart, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
an hour 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 ...
$1,836/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
New Hyde Park, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$1,800/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Hudson, New York
White Glove Placement
3 hours ago
Rewarding assignment available at this Famous Hospital! Join their dynamic nursing team, and enjoy great hourly rates and benefits. We provide Housing, Insurance, Meal Allowance, a ...
$1,600/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
Baltimore, Maryland
Coast Medical Service
22 minutes ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience in specialty
$1,560/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 Fresno Surgical Hospital (18 jobs), Geisinger Medical Center (10 jobs), and UCSF Medical Center Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital at Mission Bay (10 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 (318), trustaff (296), and OneStaff Medical (274).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Tuesday, August 3rd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,263, but can pay up to $5,189 per week.

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  • avg - $2,263
  • max - $5,189

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
Anaconda, Montana
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3 hours ago
$2,640/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Nashville, Tennessee
OneStaff Medical
12 days ago
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$1,659/wk
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Ardor Health Solutions
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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Registered Nurse - RN - Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) - Crisis Response  CareerStaff Unlimited is looking to hire an experienced PACU RN (Registered Nurse) for a full-time, rapi ...
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
5 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 ...
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Coos Bay, Oregon
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
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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 ...
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