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 2,744 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 St. Mary's Hospital
Centralia, Illinois
SSM Health
7 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. Mary's Hospital
Centralia, Illinois
SSM Health
7 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 Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
a month ago
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $8582.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
$8,582/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
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
5 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
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareCross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
New York, New York
Cross Country Nurses
5 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
Travel contract
I'm interested
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
5 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
I'm interested
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
5 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
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Springfield, Oregon
TotalMed Staffing
8 hours ago
$5,418/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Belfast, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
12 hours ago
Location: Belfast, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Belfast, ME! This is a full time travel contrac ...
$4,490/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fairbanks, Alaska
Ardor Health Solutions
15 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 ...
$3,991/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Fairbanks, Alaska
Ardor Health Solutions
15 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 ...
$3,592/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Marshfield, Wisconsin
TotalMed Staffing
19 hours ago
$3,073/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Brighton, Massachusetts
Ardor Health Solutions
15 hours ago
Location: Brighton, MA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Brighton, MA! This is a full time travel contr ...
$2,993/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Brighton, Massachusetts
Ardor Health Solutions
15 hours ago
Location: Brighton, MA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Brighton, MA! This is a full time travel contr ...
$2,993/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Charleston, South Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions
17 hours ago
Location: Charleston, SC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Charleston, SC! This is a full time travel c ...
$2,851/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Chicago, Illinois
Host Healthcare
8 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Chicago, IL. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #674648 Why choose Host Healthcare? Bec ...
$2,772/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gainesville, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
12 hours ago
Location: Gainesville, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Gainesville, FL! This is a full time travel ...
$2,133/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gainesville, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
12 hours ago
Location: Gainesville, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Gainesville, FL! This is a full time travel ...
$2,133/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Taunton, Massachusetts
Ardor Health Solutions
12 hours ago
Location: Taunton, MA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Taunton, MA! This is a full time travel contrac ...
$1,896/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic CareJackson Nurse Professionals
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Beverly, Massachusetts
Jackson Nurse Professionals
18 hours ago
A PACU position is open for a Registered Nurse with experience caring for and monitoring the recovery of patients who have undergone surgical procedures for a 13 week contract at a ...
$1,630/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested

Looking for the highest paying PACU Nurse jobs?

Explore jobs and compare agencies with Vivian or create a profile and let the offers come to you.

Get matched with a job you'll love

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 (361), OneStaff Medical (345), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (280).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Sunday, October 17th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,812, but can pay up to $8,582 per week.

025005000750010000
  • min - $1,162
  • avg - $2,812
  • max - $8,582

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.

Discover our PACU Nurse Community Hub

Top 5 Highest Paying Staff RN Locations

Posted on Sep 09, 2021
Nurses make up the largest group of healthcare professionals nationwide, but there’s still not enough of them to go around. This is good news for staff nurses looking for a change of scenery because they’ll have numerous job location options. While some states pay higher salaries than others, it’s important to consider whether it’s a…

Why Registered Nurses Are Becoming (Even More) Valuable

Posted on Aug 05, 2021
Given the events of the pandemic over the last year, and the mass movement of nurses stepping away from the bedside, registered nurses are becoming an issue of supply and demand. Despite 2020 being the ‘year of the nurse’, employers were suffering from huge financial losses and couldn’t do much to incentivize their nurses to…

Top 10 Highest Paying RN Specialties

Posted on Jul 22, 2021
Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can explore new career paths with potentially higher salaries by specializing in a niche. The nursing field is constantly evolving, so more than 100 RN specialties are currently available, and many only require an ADN or BSN. Every specialty has…
travel assignment pay breakdown

Travel Nurse Pay Breakdown

Posted on Jun 30, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if they are willing to be flexible with…

Recently filled jobs

Oloop Health
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Concord Hospital
Concord, New Hampshire
Oloop Health
15 days ago
$2,800/wk
Travel contract
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Auburn, Washington
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$2,088/wk
Travel contract
SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days 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
SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days 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
SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days 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
SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 days 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
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center
Auburn, Washington
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
10 days ago
$1,708/wk
Travel contract
TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Auburn, Washington
TotalMed Staffing
10 days ago
$3,781/wk
Travel contract
OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Marshalltown, Iowa
OneStaff Medical
18 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 ...
$3,199/wk
Travel contract
Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Belfast, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: Belfast, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in Belfast, ME! This is a full time travel contrac ...
$4,490/wk
Travel contract