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Travel Perioperative Nurse Jobs

Pre-op nurses, also called preoperative nurses, are registered nurses who specialize in assisting patients scheduled for surgery before they go into the operating room. As part of the surgical department, pre-op RNs play a vital role in perioperative nursing. Their job takes place in the preoperative holding area where they physically prepare surgical patients, while helping alleviate their anxiety.

Pre-Op nurse salary

The current average annual salary for a staff pre-op nurse is $65,870. This works out to about $1,267 per week and $31.68 per hour in a 40-hour work week. Travel pre-op nurses can expect to earn higher salaries than equivalent staff nurses.

Per NurseFly’s salary data, travel pre-op nurses earned a gross weekly salary of $1,704 in 2019. This salary includes taxed wages and additional compensations, such as stipends for meals and housing allowances. Travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax-home receive tax-free stipends, otherwise nurses earn a fully taxed hourly rate that’s still higher than the average staff nurse in most states.

We currently have 39 matching Perioperative Nurse jobs.

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Skyline Med Staff Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Reno, Nevada
Skyline Med Staff Nursing
3 days ago
Travel
$3,024/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Wausau, Wisconsin
Advantis Medical
8 days ago
Travel
$3,001/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Shreveport, Louisiana
Ardor Health Solutions
2 months ago
Location: Shreveport, LA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Endoscopy - ENDO to join our travel team in Shreveport, LA! This is a full time travel contract position ...
Travel
$2,387/week
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Skyline Med Staff Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Pleasanton, California
Skyline Med Staff Nursing
3 days ago
Travel
$2,352/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Pleasanton, California
KPG Healthcare
4 days ago
Travel
$2,314/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Oakland, California
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Oakland, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #532937 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
Travel
$2,262/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Oakland, California
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
Travel
$2,215/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Oakland, California
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
Travel
$2,214/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Oakland, California
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
Travel
$2,214/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Lexington, Kentucky
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Lexington, KY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in Lexington, KY! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
Travel
$2,153/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Oakland, California
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Oakland, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #532961 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
Travel
$2,088/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Oakland, California
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Oakland, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #532957 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
Travel
$2,088/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Lexington, Kentucky
KPG Healthcare
3 days ago
Travel
$2,028/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Lexington, Kentucky
Host Healthcare
3 days ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Lexington, KY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #531612 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
Travel
$1,965/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Saint Joseph Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky
TotalMed Staffing
3 days ago
Travel
$1,915/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Marina Del Rey, California
KPG Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$1,902/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
UNC Memorial Hospital
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,737/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Marina del Rey, California
Host Healthcare
2 days ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Marina del Rey, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #532425 Why choose Host Healthc ...
Travel
$1,659/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Maumee, Ohio
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Maumee, OH. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #532849 Why choose Host Healthcare? Be ...
Travel
$1,638/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
St Lukes Hospital
Maumee, Ohio
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
Travel
$1,591/week
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Perioperative Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Perioperative Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Saturday, April 10th 2021, the average weekly pay for Perioperative Nurse jobs is $2,065, but can pay up to $3,024 per week. In 2021, Perioperative Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,877 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 $1,170 per week.

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What does a Pre-Op nurse do?

Pre-op nurses perform all essential duties to prepare patients physically and psychologically for surgical procedures with the goal of creating positive patient outcomes. This includes collecting medical histories and vitals, while assessing patients’ conditions to ensure they’re stable enough for surgery. Pre-op nurses also ensure operative and informed consents and other documents are complete, but their primary objective is to provide emotional support to patients and their families. This includes explaining specific details about patients’ procedures and answering questions to reduce apprehension. Other duties a pre-op nurse might perform include:

  • Performing necessary pre-op tests, such as chest x-rays or blood glucose measurements

  • Starting intravenous catheters

  • Applying monitoring equipment, including pulse oximeters

  • Cleansing and/or shaving procedure areas

  • Ensuring patients void before surgery

  • Administering prescribed preoperative medications

  • Monitoring patients and their vital signs

  • Maintaining patients' baseline hemodynamic statuses

  • Identifying expected patient outcomes

  • Troubleshooting potential problems before bringing patients to the OR suite

  • Communicating with other surgical team members to ensure consistent patient care

  • Maintaining and restocking supplies and equipment in preoperative holding area

Where do Pre-Op nurses work?

Pre-op nurses work within the preoperative holding areas in the surgical unit of hospitals and medical centers. They may also work in ambulatory or outpatient surgical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and cancer centers.

What skills make a good Pre-Op nurse?

RNs who work in pre-op have specialized knowledge and skills in perioperative nursing and surgical equipment, and advanced knowledge in acute patient care and assessment techniques. They excel at establishing rapport with patients through empathy, compassion, and their solid interpersonal, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills. These skills help them effectively gather patient information, while also communicating with patients so they fully understand their upcoming procedures. Good pre-op nurses are organized and detail-oriented, so they can gather lots of data in short amounts of time without making patients feel rushed. Other desirable skills include prioritization, interdisciplinary teamwork, and leadership skills to effectively work as part of a surgical nursing team.

How to become a Pre-Op Travel Nurse

Pre-op travel nurses must be registered RNs, which requires an associate or a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, passing the NCLEX-RN exam and completing licensing requirements. RNs must also obtain Basic Life Support certification, plus Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support when working with adults and Pediatric Advanced Life Support when working with infants or children. Most travel pre-op nursing jobs prefer applicants with previous surgery experience.

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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
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Posted on Nov 25, 2020
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Can I be a Travel Nurse as a New Grad?

Posted on Oct 16, 2020
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Titan Nurse Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Westfield, Massachusetts
Titan Nurse Staffing
a month ago
Health care professional needed for an Pre-Op position in MA. Must have a minimum of 2 years experience as a Pre-Op RN. We offer our clients the best in traveling medical professi ...
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$2,846/week
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Anaconda, Montana
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4 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
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4 months ago
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$4,032/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Host Healthcare
4 months ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Oklahoma City, OK.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new an ...
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$3,628/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 months ago
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$3,016/week
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