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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in Minneapolis,MN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1062054 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a ...
Travel
4 days ago

$9,261/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in Minneapolis,MN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1062084 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a ...
Travel
4 days ago

$7,408/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
  • San Jose, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $5396.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
Travel
2 days ago

$5,396/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
  • San Jose, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We need a Surgery - PACU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $5396.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead He ...
Travel
6 days ago

$5,396/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Harrisburg, PA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
PACU nursing involves the care of patients who are recovering from surgery, particularly when the application of anesthesia is involved. Once the patient sufficiently recovers from ...
Travel
4 days ago

$5,060/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • San Jose, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in San Jose,CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1060544 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a gre ...
Travel
5 days ago

$4,914/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • San Jose, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in San Jose,CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1050786 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a gre ...
Travel
6 days ago

$4,914/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Visalia, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in Visalia,CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1061976 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a grea ...
Travel
4 days ago

$4,863/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • Fresno, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
MUST HAVE STRONG CARDIOVASCULAR RECOVERY EXPERIENCE Must have at least 1 year of travel experience and reside outside of a 75 mile radius from the facility. Start dates must be f ...
Travel

$4,832/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Community Regional Medical Center
  • Fresno, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
Travel
4 days ago

$4,739/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • Fresno, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
EOW Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million peo ...
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1 day ago

$4,076/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x8 hrs
Registered Nurse, Post-AnesthesiaCity: Minneapolis, MNShiftType: Days ShiftType: Evenings Atlas Medstaff is currently seeking candidates in the Registered Nurse (Post-Anesthesia) p ...
Travel
Today

$3,588/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Medford, OR
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
7 days ago

$3,588/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Brighton, MA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
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 ...
Travel

$3,565/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Evenings, Nights
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
11 days ago

$3,477/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
11 days ago

$3,477/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Brighton, MA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Flexible
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 ...
Travel
3 days ago

$3,430/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Portland, OR
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Evenings, Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
5 days ago

$3,412/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Glendale, CA
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
6 days ago

$3,373/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Rocky Mount, VA
    • 5x8 hrs
Registered Nurse, Post-AnesthesiaCity: Rocky Mount, VAShiftType: Day 5x8-Hour (07:00 - 15:30) - Days Atlas Medstaff is currently seeking candidates in the Registered Nurse (Post-A ...
Travel
6 days ago

$3,367/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • San Francisco, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days, Evenings
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
Today

$3,346/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Sacramento, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
Today

$3,346/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Rochester, NY
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days, Evenings, Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
Today

$3,333/wk

Travel 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 OneStaff Medical (202), American Mobile Healthcare (163), and TotalMed Staffing (134).

How Much Do PACU Nurse Jobs Pay?

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  • min - $1,003
  • avg - $2,589
  • max - $9,261

What is a PACU Nurse?

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.

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.

How much does a travel PACU nurse make?

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.

What certifications are commonly held by PACU nurses?

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in Minneapolis,MN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1062054 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a ...
Travel
4 days ago

$9,261/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in Minneapolis,MN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1062084 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a ...
Travel
4 days ago

$7,408/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • Fresno, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
MUST HAVE STRONG CARDIOVASCULAR RECOVERY EXPERIENCE Must have at least 1 year of travel experience and reside outside of a 75 mile radius from the facility. Start dates must be f ...
Travel

$4,832/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • Fresno, CA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
EOW Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million peo ...
Travel
1 day ago

$4,076/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • San Jose, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in San Jose,CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1060544 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a gre ...
Travel
5 days ago

$4,914/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • San Jose, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in San Jose,CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1050786 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a gre ...
Travel
6 days ago

$4,914/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Visalia, CA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - PACU in Visalia,CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1061976 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a grea ...
Travel
4 days ago

$4,863/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x8 hrs
Registered Nurse, Post-AnesthesiaCity: Minneapolis, MNShiftType: Days ShiftType: Evenings Atlas Medstaff is currently seeking candidates in the Registered Nurse (Post-Anesthesia) p ...
Travel
Today

$3,588/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Medford, OR
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
7 days ago

$3,588/wk

Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care

  • Brighton, MA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
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 ...
Travel

$3,565/wk