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 2,662 matching PACU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Staten Island, New York
Cross Country Nurses
9 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 ...
$7,195/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
New York, New York
Cross Country Nurses
9 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 ...
$7,195/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Manhasset, New York
Cross Country Nurses
9 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
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Manhasset, New York
Cross Country Nurses
9 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
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Mount Kisco, New York
Cross Country Nurses
9 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 ...
$7,180/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
San Mateo, California
Host Healthcare
an hour ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in San Mateo, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #630157 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
$3,528/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$3,273/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Elkhart, Indiana
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$3,186/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
Santa Monica, California
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 ...
$3,168/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Grand Island, Nebraska
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,968/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gainesville, Florida
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$2,639/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Worcester, Massachusetts
TotalMed Staffing
2 hours ago
$2,606/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
Worcester, Massachusetts
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 ...
$2,520/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Houston, Texas
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$2,453/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Houston, Texas
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$2,453/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareIDR Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
El Paso, Texas
IDR Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,441/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gainesville, Florida
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$2,381/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
El Paso, Texas
Stability Healthcare
2 hours ago
$2,157/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Los Angeles, California
TotalMed Staffing
2 hours ago
$1,868/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Elkhart, Indiana
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$1,445/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 (365), OneStaff Medical (308), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (285).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Thursday, October 21st 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,821, but can pay up to $7,195 per week.

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  • min - $1,161
  • avg - $2,821
  • max - $7,195

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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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Montgomery, Alabama
Ardor Health Solutions
20 days ago
Location: Montgomery, AL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Ardor Health is looking for a PACU RN to join our team and travel to Montgomery, AL! For more informatio ...
$3,456/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Montgomery, Alabama
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Asheville, North Carolina
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fairbanks, Alaska
Ardor Health Solutions
11 hours ago
Location: Fairbanks, AK Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Fairbanks, AK! This is a full time travel con ...
$3,810/wk
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lumberton, North Carolina
OneStaff Medical
4 hours 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 ...
$3,227/wk
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Ocala, Florida
Stability Healthcare
12 days ago
$2,767/wk
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fayetteville, Georgia
OneStaff Medical
6 hours 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 ...
$3,116/wk
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gainesville, Florida
Lead Healthstaff
3 days ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $2168.10 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$2,168/wk
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Ocala, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
12 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 ...
$2,664/wk
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