Travel OR Nurse Jobs
Make a Difference as an Operating Room Travel Nurse
It's no surprise you have a knack for helping those around you. It's likely why you got into nursing in the first place! You’re all about listening to your patients, but are you ready to listen to that inner voice telling you to travel? Travel nursing has its perks. You get to do a job you love, feel fulfilled at each day's end, explore new cities and spaces, and of course, make some pretty great cash. Travel nursing is a job for the kind-hearted, adventure seekers out there who live to care for others around the clock because people do not fall ill on a schedule, as much as that would make things easier.
Live and work in the location of your dreams and get paid to do it. As a travel nurse, you choose your specialty and your next adventure. It's not science (for once).
What is an Operating Room Travel Nurse?
Operating room nurses are healthcare professionals who are responsible for providing care to patients before, during, and after surgical procedures. These registered nurses are crucial parts of surgical teams as they are skilled in assessing and evaluating patient needs, providing pre-operative and post-operative care, and administering medications.
Traveling operating room registered nurses travel to healthcare facilities across the country to offer specialized care to patients. An OR nurse must be comfortable working in high-pressure situations and be dedicated to providing the highest level of compassionate care to their patients, no matter where their travel nursing assignments may take them.
Typical Operating Room Nurse Responsibilities:
- Assess and prepare patients for surgery
- Ensure all surgical equipment and instruments are sterilized and ready for use
- Assist surgeons and other healthcare professionals during a procedure
- Monitor patient vital signs throughout a procedure
- Maintain a sterile environment in the operating room
- Educate and provide emotional support to patients and their families
- Coordinate patient care before and after specialized and general surgery
- Document patient care and surgical procedure details
Choose where you go
With opportunities for travelers all over the country, we’ve selected areas with the most popular medical traveling jobs to help you find your best fit.
Advantages & Perks for Travel RN Jobs
Competitive payTravel nurses are the backbone of medical traveling. Pay transparency means you can see what you'll actually get paid before you even apply for an OR nurse job.
Per diemTravel operating room nurses qualify for a weekly, tax-free per diem that can help you cover the cost of moving, like your transportation, meals, and other expenses.
CertificationsLevel-up, Nurse. Get your state licenses and travel nurse requirements reimbursed.
Travel lifeSee new spaces. See new faces. Grow and learn in your nursing career as you grow and learn in various cities all over the country.
Travel Nursing Compliance & Licensure
Being a travel nurse is a great way to grow your experience and learn on the job. What if your dream travel nursing assignment is asking for certifications you don’t have? Don’t sweat. You’ll get training in nursing and financial assistance for the cost of licensing and certifications!
Degrees and Certifications
Keeping up with the world of licensing and certification can be intimidating. Degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty but getting compliant for your home state and others you want to travel to is easier as a medical professional. Compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility to ensure that you have all the relevant credentials required for any and all travel jobs.
Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty in nursing.
The three parts of compliance
- Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
- Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
- Testing: Certifications, online training, and workplace safety exams
What is the average salary for OR travel nurse jobs?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary of all registered nurses is $77,600. However, travel nurse jobs typically come with higher pay than staff nurses because they're employed by a travel nursing agency that pay more than hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Plus, travel nurses are eligible for travel reimbursement opportunities, such as a tax-free housing stipend or certification reimbursement, which can significantly increase the take-home pay of a traveling operating room registered nurse.
Where are OR travel nurse jobs available?
Operating room nurse jobs are available in a wide array of healthcare settings across the globe. Hospitals, both public and private, are the primary employers, but you can also find opportunities as an OR nurse in specialized clinics that also require the expertise of these nursing professionals.
How do I become an operating room nurse?
Becoming an OR nurse requires in-depth knowledge and understanding of medical care, as well as the ability to work under pressure in fast-paced environments. To pursue this career, you must first obtain a registered nurse degree from an accredited school. Once you've completed your degree program, you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN) to earn your degree. From there, you can specialize in operating room nursing by completing a specialized program to earn certification in the field. Operating room nurses with at least two years of clinical experience in the operating room can start the job search for travel nursing jobs.
Pro tip: if you want to make travel nursing easier on yourself, consider getting a compact license in nursing so you can move locations stress-free.
What type of travel nurse jobs are most in demand?
Typically, the most in-demand travel nursing jobs are those that require highly specialized training, knowledge, and experience. This includes travel nurse positions in the Cardiac Cath Lab, ICU, Emergency Room, and Operating Room. Fusion Medical Staffing provides weekly pay estimates for most OR travel nurse jobs we have available which include the combined hourly pay and available stipend amounts for housing, travel, and per diem.