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Travel Medical Surgical Nurse Jobs

Medical-surgical Nursing, also known as ‘med-surg’, is a nursing specialty that makes up the foundation of nursing. In fact, many sub-specialties of nursing require that you have prior med-surg experience. Med-surg nurses are responsible for taking care of patients with acute medical issues, as well as those requiring surgical intervention, however, the med-surg umbrella term can often apply to any nurse not working in a specific specialty.

Medical surgical nurse salary

According to BLS data, the median annual wage for a med-surg RN was $73,300. Employment is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2028, which is exponentially faster than the average rate of growth for all other occupations (five percent). Demand is expected to increase due to an aging population, and greater need for nursing staff in care centers like hospitals, chemotherapy clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and in peri-op arenas.

According to NurseFly data on thousands of travel nursing jobs for the same period, travel nurses with a medical surgical specialty earned an average gross salary of $1,543/week. This includes non-taxable compensation like stipends for housing, meals, and incidentals, which averaged $1,162/week. 

In terms of weekly pay, the medical-surgical specialty ranked 72 out of 82 nursing specialties based on NurseFly salary data for the past year. Last year, states like California and New Jersey had the highest average salaries for travel med surg jobs. You can explore salary trends for the current month in our med surg salary guide.

We currently have 3,054 matching Medical Surgical Nurse jobs.

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Cross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry - COVID19
New Hyde Park, New York
Cross Country Nurses
3 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 ...
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$4,325/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Kenmore, New York
Host Healthcare
5 days ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical position in Kenmore, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #529788 Why choose Host Heal ...
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$3,628/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Kenmore, New York
Host Healthcare
5 days ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical position in Kenmore, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #529767 Why choose Host Heal ...
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$3,628/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry
Milford, Massachusetts
Ardor Health Solutions
9 days ago
Location: Milford, MA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Telemetry - M/S Tele to join our travel team in Milford, MA! This is a full time travel co ...
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$3,588/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Paramus, New Jersey
Host Healthcare
a month ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical position in Paramus, NJ. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #447790 Why choose Host Heal ...
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$3,538/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry
Fresno, California
KPG Healthcare
19 hours ago
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$2,808/week
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Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Troy, Pennsylvania
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
9 hours ago
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$2,111/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry
Prisma Health Hillcrest Hospital
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
TotalMed Staffing
6 hours ago
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$2,010/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry
Evanston, Illinois
Host Healthcare
10 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical;Telemetry position in Evanston, IL. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #533208 Why choos ...
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$1,973/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Troy, Pennsylvania
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
9 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Med-Surg registered nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare ...
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$1,944/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Springfield, Ohio
Advantis Medical
14 hours ago
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$1,870/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Gallatin, Tennessee
Host Healthcare
21 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical position in Gallatin, TN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #505262 Why choose Host Hea ...
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$1,705/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Largo, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
18 hours ago
Location: Largo, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical-General - M/S to join our travel team in Largo, FL! This is a full time travel contract posi ...
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$1,615/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Columbia Memorial
Hudson, New York
Mynela Staffing
3 hours ago
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$1,437/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Columbia Memorial
Hudson, New York
Mynela Staffing
3 hours ago
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$1,437/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Saratoga Hospital
Saratoga Springs, New York
Mynela Staffing
3 hours ago
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$1,383/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Germantown, Tennessee
OneStaff Medical
9 hours ago
Medical-Surgical nurses provide direct care to adult patients in a variety of settings and is the largest group of nurses. They provide care for patients often with multiple diagn ...
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$1,190/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Germantown, Tennessee
OneStaff Medical
9 hours ago
Medical-Surgical nurses provide direct care to adult patients in a variety of settings and is the largest group of nurses. They provide care for patients often with multiple diagn ...
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$1,190/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Arlington, Virginia
OneStaff Medical
9 hours ago
Medical-Surgical nurses provide direct care to adult patients in a variety of settings and is the largest group of nurses. They provide care for patients often with multiple diagn ...
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$1,145/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Farmington Hills, Michigan
OneStaff Medical
11 hours ago
Medical-Surgical nurses provide direct care to adult patients in a variety of settings and is the largest group of nurses. They provide care for patients often with multiple diagn ...
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$1,029/week
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Medical Surgical Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have Medical Surgical Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on NurseFly that currently have the most Medical Surgical Nurse jobs are The University of Vermont Medical Center (19 jobs), LewisGale Medical Center (16 jobs), and Blake Medical Center (13 jobs).

What are the best agencies for Medical Surgical Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Medical Surgical Nurse jobs are Host Healthcare (508), OneStaff Medical (408), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (393).

How Much Do Medical Surgical Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Sunday, April 11th 2021, the average weekly pay for Medical Surgical Nurse jobs is $1,852, but can pay up to $4,325 per week. In 2021, Med Surg Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,709 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $1,056 per week.

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What does a medical surgical nurse do?

Med-surg nurses monitor their patients for acute changes in physical condition, vitals signs, or lab values. These nurses prioritize patient safety, educate patients and families, mobilize patients, and monitor and administer a patient’s medication regimen. Med-surg nurses also need to know how to delegate tasks to ancillary staff, as well as chart accurate and complete documentation for their patients.

According to the Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing, med-surg nurses ‘provide care 24/7 and have more facetime with patients than any other professional in the hospital.’ It is also one of the most common travel nursing specialties.

Where do med-surg nurses work?

Med-surg RNs can be found in acute and sub-acute settings such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. As a med-surg travel nurse, you are expected to work in a variety of settings with similar acuity levels. Med-surg nurses can work on general hospital floors like neuro, trauma, general surgery, oncology, cardiac, and many other areas of care. These nurses are working in a specialty, but are considered med-surg unless there is special monitoring or technology that requires additional training or certification.

How do I become a Medical Surgical Travel Nurse?

To become a med-surg travel nurse, you need at least 1.5 to 2 years of experience in the setting you wish to work. You must have at least an Associates Degree in Nursing, and have graduated from an accredited nursing school with subsequent passing of the NCLEX or equivalent (if you were trained abroad, requirements vary by state). Med-surg nurses are required to have their Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Nurses are advised to get their Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) before traveling, but it is not always a requirement.

Med-surg travel nurses are expected to have a wide knowledge base and be able to practice in almost any type of med-surg setting. In a hospital setting, travel nurses are frequently floated between all of the med-surg units within the hospital or healthcare system. Med-surg travel nurses need to be flexible and adaptable in their practice.

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What is Medical Surgical ‘Med-Surg’ Nursing?

Posted on May 26, 2020
Medical-surgical, also known as ‘med-surg’, is a nursing specialty that makes up the foundation of nursing. In fact, many sub-specialties of nursing require that you have prior med-surg experience. Med-surg nurses are responsible for taking care of patients with acute medical issues, as well as those requiring surgical intervention, however, the med-surg umbrella term can…

How much does a medical surgical travel nurse make?

Posted on May 21, 2020
Medical Surgical “med-surg” nurses monitor patients who are acutely ill or recovering from surgery in a variety of hospital and clinical settings. There are many opportunities to work and travel as a med-surg nurse and earn a higher salary while doing it. Last year, a travel nurse with a medical surgical specialty earned an average…
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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 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 you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

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OneStaff Medical
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