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.

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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Lewiston, Maine
Host Healthcare · posted 18 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Lewiston, ME.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers l ...
$2,948/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
St Marys Regional Medical Center
Lewiston, Maine
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$2,881/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Athens, Georgia
Ardor Health Solutions · posted a day ago
Location: ATHENS, GA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in ATHENS, GA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements include, but ...
$2,720/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 2 days ago
Location: Harrodsburg, KY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in Harrodsburg, KY! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements inc ...
$2,720/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Greenbrae, California
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 16 hours ago
Location: Greenbrae, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in Greenbrae, CA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements include ...
$2,448/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 days ago
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements ...
$2,448/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Fort Defiance, Arizona
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 9 days ago
Location: Fort Defiance, AZ Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in Fort Defiance, AZ! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements ...
$2,448/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Box Butte General Hospital
Alliance, Nebraska
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$2,356/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 7 days ago
Location: Fort Smith, AR Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in Fort Smith, AR! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements inclu ...
$2,312/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Greenbrae, California
Host Healthcare · posted 19 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Greenbrae, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers ...
$2,268/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
MarinHealth Medical Center
Greenbrae, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$2,263/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Baptist Health
Fort Smith, Arkansas
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$2,145/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Host Healthcare · posted 18 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Pre-Op position in Fort Smith, AR.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers ...
$2,142/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Medford, Oregon
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 days ago
Location: Medford, OR Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler
$2,040/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Haverhill, New Hampshire
KPG Healthcare · posted 8 days ago
$1,950/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Cottage Hospital
Woodsville, New Hampshire
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$1,883/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Torrance, California
KPG Healthcare · posted 7 days ago
$1,829/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Richmond, Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 2 days ago
Location: Richmond, VA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pre-Op - Pre-Op to join our travel team in Richmond, VA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements include, ...
$1,787/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Torrance, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$1,630/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Pre-Op
The James B Haggin Memorial Hospital
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
TotalMed Staffing · posted 16 hours ago
$1,558/week
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Perioperative Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Perioperative Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Friday, January 22nd 2021, the average weekly pay for Perioperative Nurse jobs is $2,232, but can pay up to $3,400 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 $1,026 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 Nurse RN - Pre-Op
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Host Healthcare · posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - Operating Room;Pre-Op position in Columbia, MO.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experien ...
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Host Healthcare · posted 20 hours ago
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Host Healthcare · posted a month ago
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