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  • 34 new this week
  • up to $5,545/wk
  • $2,669/wk avg
  • 19 facilities
  • 17 agencies

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Rochester, NY
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Travel

$5,545/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Flexible
Travel

$3,864/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Altru Health System
  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Flexible
Travel

$3,808/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Flexible
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$3,700/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Travel

$3,698/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Nights
Travel

$3,304/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Altru Health System
  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 4x12 hrs
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
9 days ago

$3,251/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 4x12 hrs
    • Nights
Travel
5 days ago

$3,096/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Carmichael, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
Travel

$3,052/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Silverdale, WA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
Travel
Today

$2,917/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Richmond, VA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Evenings, Flexible
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,800/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Geisinger Lewistown
  • Danville, PA
    • 3x12 hrs
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
9 days ago

$2,756/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Flexible
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,600/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Globe, AZ
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
10 days ago

$2,500/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Concord, NH
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,500/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
Travel

$2,490/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, MO
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
Travel
10 days ago

$2,485/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Altru Health System
  • Grand Forks, ND
    • 3x12 hrs
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
9 days ago

$2,438/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Concord, NH
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,400/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,400/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,400/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,400/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Springfield, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,400/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - DOU - Direct Observation Unit

  • Prisma Health
  • Columbia, SC
    • 3x12 hrs
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
9 days ago

$2,381/wk

Travel DOU Nurse FAQs

How much do travel Travel DOU Nurse jobs pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Sunday, November 27th 2022, the average weekly salary for a Travel Definitive Observation Unit Nurse is $2,669, but can pay up to $5,545 per week.

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  • min - $1,518
  • avg - $2,669
  • max - $5,545

What are the best agencies for Travel DOU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Travel DOU Nurse jobs are Quality Clinicians (15), Amare Medical Network (12), and Next Move Inc (11).

What is a Direct Observation Unit (DOU) Nurse?

Direct observation unit nurses are registered nurses who specialize in providing care to patients who are less critical than ICU patients but still require frequent monitoring and close observation. They ensure patients are responding positively to treatment until they’re stable enough for discharge or can be downgraded to a lower acuity care area. DOU nursing is a rewarding career path for those wanting to make a difference in patients’ lives.

DOU nursing is an in-demand specialty with numerous jobs for Direct Observation Unit nurses posted on Vivian at notable facilities around the nation.

What does a Direct Observation Unit nurse do?

DOU nurses work with patients and their families to ensure a smooth transition into the DOU and provide thorough information about their plan of care. They perform direct and continuous observation, using telemetry to monitor patients. DOU nurses gauge a patient’s response to treatment so they can provide appropriate care in the event a patient’s condition worsens. Common duties include:

  • Assessing patients’ medical files to understand the nature and extent of their conditions

  • Developing, updating, and coordinating patient care plans with other medical professionals to optimize patient outcomes

  • Reassessing patients and documenting effectiveness of care plans

  • Monitoring and recording patients’ vital signs

  • Reading 12-lead EKG

  • Managing IV lines and/or administering medications

  • Notifying physicians of unusual/unexpected problems or events

  • Responding quickly to emergency situations using critical care directives and providing life support as needed

  • Maintaining patients’ charts to ensure all information is accurate and current

  • Maintaining patient comfort, safety, and well-being

  • Monitoring patients in restraints and charting accordingly

Where do Direct Observation Unit nurses work?

A Direct Observation Unit is a unit within a hospital. Only approximately one-third of U.S. hospitals had an observation unit in 2014, but this number is consistently growing and increasing demand for DOU nurses. Some DOUs are used in conjunction with the emergency department for patients who require ongoing treatment and aren’t stable enough to discharge, but it’s still unknown whether they need to be admitted into the hospital. Hospitals also may have pediatric or geriatric DOUs or their telemetry unit or step-down unit may be referred to as a DOU. Other hospitals have Special Care Units for patients that need closer behavioral monitoring for safety and securityDirect observation nurses may be utilized in any of these areas depending on their training.

What skills make a good Direct Observation Unit nurse?

Good DOU nurses have strong clinical judgment and acute care expertise that allow them to effectively manage multiple responsibilities, challenging situations, and critically urgent responses. They’re proficient with technology, including electronic health records, communications systems, and all equipment required to perform essential tasks. DOU nurses possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate with interdisciplinary teams and patients. Their stellar interpersonal skills also allow them to convey a positive, supportive attitude towards patients and teammates.

How to become a Direct Observation Unit Travel Nurse

Becoming a DOU travel nurse requires an RN license, which means completing an accredited nursing program. An Associate Degree in Nursing is the minimum requirement, but many hospitals prefer applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and fulfill all other state licensing requirements to earn RN licensure.

DOU nurses must possess Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certifications from the American Heart Association. It’s recommended, sometimes preferred, for DOU nurses to have NIH Stroke Scale (https://learn.heart.org/lms/nihss) training and Progressive Care Certified Nurse (https://www.aacn.org/certification/get-certified/pccn-adult) credentials from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Travel DOU nurses should have at least one year of experience in acute care, preferably in a DOU or related critical care setting.

What certifications are commonly held by Direct Observational Unit nurses?

Direct Observational Unit nurses may hold BLS - Basic Life Support or ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support among others.

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