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Travel Post Anesthesia Care 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 NurseFly 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 1,334 matching Post Anesthesia Care Nurse jobs.

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SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
SSM Health DePaul Hospital
Bridgeton, Missouri
SSM Health
2 days ago
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESCompletes and documents a thorough and accurate PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) admission assessment and utilizes critical judgment to analyze patient asse ...
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$24-38/hour
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lakeview, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions
6 days ago
Location: LAKEVIEW, OR Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Post Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU to join our travel team in LAKEVIEW, OR! This is a full time travel contr ...
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$3,974/week
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Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Lakeview, Oregon
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
2 days ago
State: ORStart Date: 04/09/2021 Shifts: Days Weekends Guaranteed Hours:36 Length:13 weeks
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$3,974/week
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Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
2 days ago
FACILITY DETAILS Facility:  Geisinger medical center Location: Danville, PA Start: 3/2/2021 Shift: 12HR SHIFTS Guaranteed: 36 Contract Length:13 Details:.9 Travelers 3-12hr ...
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$3,864/week
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Marshall Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Gardena
Gardena, California
Marshall Healthcare Staffing
4 days ago
Travel
$3,758/week
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Marshall Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Panorama City
Panorama City, California
Marshall Healthcare Staffing
4 days ago
Travel
$3,758/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Clackamas, Oregon
Stability Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$2,189/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Clackamas, Oregon
Host Healthcare
2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Clackamas, OR. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #538937 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
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$2,188/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Clackamas, Oregon
Host Healthcare
2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Clackamas, OR. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #538936 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
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$2,188/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Vidant Edgecombe Hospital
Tarboro, North Carolina
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,985/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Sedro Woolley, Washington
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
2 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 ...
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$1,908/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Tarboro, North Carolina
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
2 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 ...
Travel
$1,872/week
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Junxion Med Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Ascension Saint Marys Hospital
Saginaw, Michigan
Junxion Med Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,823/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Hudson, New York
Host Healthcare
5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Hudson, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #539214 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
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$1,764/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Tarboro, North Carolina
OneStaff Medical
2 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 ...
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$1,747/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
CAMC Women and Childrens Hospital
Charleston, West Virginia
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,716/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Columbia Memorial
Hudson, New York
Mynela Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,681/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Saginaw, Michigan
Stability Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$1,680/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Ascension Saint Marys Hospital
Saginaw, Michigan
Mynela Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,659/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Mercy Hospital
Miami, Florida
TotalMed Staffing
2 hours ago
Travel
$1,545/week
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What are the best agencies for Post Anesthesia Care Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Post Anesthesia Care Nurse jobs are OneStaff Medical (195), Host Healthcare (169), and TotalMed Staffing (157).

How Much Do Post Anesthesia Care Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Sunday, April 18th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Post Anesthesia Care Nurse is $2,065, but can pay up to $3,974 per week.

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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.

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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
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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 ...
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Salinas, California
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Registered Nurse - PACU position in Salinas, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #503412 Why choose Host Healthcare? Bec ...
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 months ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Hagerstown, MD.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and exp ...
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Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 months ago
Registered Nurse - PACU position in Hagerstown, MD.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and exp ...
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
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TaleMed
4 months ago
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$5,175/week
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Hyannis, Massachusetts
TaleMed
4 months ago
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$5,175/week
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - PACU - Post Anesthetic Care
Moscow, Idaho
TaleMed
4 months ago
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$4,550/week
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