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.

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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Valley Stream, New York
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Valley Stream, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical-General - M/S to join our travel team in Valley Stream, NY! This is a full time travel contract position ...
$5,263/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
West Columbia, South Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: West Columbia, SC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Observation - OBSRV to join our travel team in West Columbia, SC! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirem ...
$4,039/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Carthage, New York
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Carthage, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical-General - M/S to join our travel team in Carthage, NY! This is a full time travel contract position. Require ...
$3,892/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$3,744/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry
Princeton, West Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Princeton, WV Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Telemetry - M/S Tele to join our travel team in Princeton, WV! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$3,672/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Augusta, Georgia
Stability Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$3,406/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Murray, Kentucky
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Murray, KY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical-General - M/S to join our travel team in Murray, KY! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirement ...
$3,060/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Princeton, West Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Princeton, WV Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Telemetry - M/S Tele to join our travel team in Princeton, WV! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$2,693/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Salem, Oregon
KPG Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$2,644/week
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RNnetwork
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Crystal River, Florida
RNnetwork · posted 4 hours ago
RN-Medical Surgical. This opportunity will be available in Crystal River, FL. The Orthopedic position will cover and provide care within that unit. The facility needs an experienced provider to help c ...
$2,547/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Stability Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$2,430/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
San Antonio, Texas
KPG Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$2,340/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
San Antonio, Texas
KPG Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$2,340/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg / Telemetry
Victorville, California
Stability Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$2,243/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Pratt, Kansas
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Pratt, KS Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical-General - M/S to join our travel team in Pratt, KS! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements ...
$2,203/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Estes Park, Colorado
Stability Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$1,923/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Cartersville, Georgia
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: Cartersville, GA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical-General - M/S to join our travel team in Cartersville, GA! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$1,836/week
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RNnetwork
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Loveland, Colorado
RNnetwork · posted 4 hours ago
RN-Medical Surgical. This opportunity will be available in Loveland, CO. The Medical-Surgical position will cover and provide care within that unit. The facility needs an experienced provider to help ...
$1,799/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Tarboro, North Carolina
RNnetwork · posted 4 hours ago
RN-Medical Surgical. This opportunity will be available in Tarboro, NC. The Medical-Surgical position will cover and provide care within that unit. The facility needs an experienced provider to help c ...
$1,728/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Valparaiso, Indiana
KPG Healthcare · posted 4 hours ago
$1,596/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 UCSF Medical Center Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital at Mission Bay (24 jobs), TriStar Skyline Medical Center (22 jobs), and Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines (Central Campus) (18 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 Stability Healthcare (1167), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (981), and KPG Healthcare (793).

How Much Do Medical Surgical Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Friday, January 22nd 2021, the average weekly pay for Medical Surgical Nurse jobs is $2,339, but can pay up to $8,162 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 $1,166 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
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How much does a medical surgical travel nurse make?

Posted on May 21, 2020
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Posted on Nov 25, 2020
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Posted on Nov 11, 2020
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