Traveling PACU Nurse Jobs

Make a Difference as a PACU 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 a traveling Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse?

A traveling Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse is a registered nurse who works on a temporary or contractual basis in different medical facilities to provide care for patients recovering from anesthesia. These nurses work in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and monitor patients’ vital signs, administer medications, and assess their pain levels, among other duties. Traveling PACU nurses are trained to handle various types of surgeries and procedures and must be able to adapt quickly to new environments and healthcare teams. They may work in hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, or other medical facilities, and can travel domestically or internationally depending on their assignment.

Typical PACU RN Responsibilities:

  • Assess patients post-surgery to ensure their safety and comfort
  • Monitor vital signs, pain levels, and overall patient condition
  • Administer medications as ordered by the physician
  • Provide wound care as necessary
  • Coordinate with the healthcare team to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient
  • Document all interventions and observations accurately
  • Ensure patient records are up-to-date
  • Assist in moving patients safely from the surgical table to a recovery area
  • Monitor patient progress as they wake up from anesthesia
  • Provide emotional support to patients to ease any anxiety or discomfort.

    Choose where you go

    With opportunities for new graduates 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 Nursing Jobs

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    Competitive pay

    Travel nurses are the backbone of medical traveling. Pay transparency means you can see what you'll actually get paid before you even apply.

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    Per diem

    Travel 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.

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    Level-up, Nurse. Get your state licenses and travel nurse requirements reimbursed.

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    Travel life

    See 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 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 are 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.

    Compliance Requirements

    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 are the requirements for being a travel PACU Nurse?

    To become a travel Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurse, you must first be a registered nurse (RN) with an active nursing license in good standing. Additionally, most travel agencies require at least one year of experience in the PACU specialty, although some may accept candidates who have completed an extensive orientation program. It's also essential to have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to adapt quickly to new environments and healthcare teams. Other requirements may include a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. Finally, candidates should also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as they will be working closely with patients, families, physicians, and other healthcare professionals on a daily basis.

    How do travel nurse pay packages work?

    You will be paid a taxable hourly rate and then given a tax-free stipend for food and housing. Typically, RN's will take around $20 per hour taxable to maximize those stipends, but we are able to mix and match pay a number of different ways. Pay packages will always look different depending on the area you are working.

    Where are PACU travel nursing jobs available?

    At Fusion Medical Staffing, we offer a variety of Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) travel nursing jobs across the country. As an RN, you'll have the opportunity to work at top medical facilities, including hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. With competitive pay, comprehensive benefits, and 24/7 support from our experienced recruiters, you can be confident that you're getting the best package available. Join our Fusion family today and start your exciting journey as a travel PACU nurse!

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