Travel Registered Nurse | Atlantic, Iowa | OR | 2021
Operating Room (OR) Travel Nurses
Travel nurses working in the operating room serve a vital function to any surgical team. Considering that your role is as a temporary employee filling an employment gap, you can be assured that your position is crucial to the successful functioning of your team.
These positions are in high demand and because of the possibility of emergency surgeries, you may expect to be "on-call" over weekends or holidays. Duties performed by operating room travel nurses typically include the following tasks:
- Assessment of patients before surgery
- Coordination of patients' surgical care
- Assisting doctors or surgeons during surgery
- Monitoring of patients' vital signs during surgery
- Preservation of the sterile operating room
- Service as a liaison between the surgical team and patient family
- Collaboration with surgical team
Operating room travel nurses must have excellent communication skills. A surgical team includes medical professions of different disciplines, and of course, different personalities. You need to be able to keep calm and professional in a high-tension atmosphere. Your communication skills aren't only necessary for the surgical team, but also for when you communicate with the patients' families. Your attention to detail is another vital skill for this specialty. Attention to detail will serve you well in an operating room assisting with a surgery or monitoring the patients' vital signs during the surgery. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are necessary in this specialty. You must be able to judge a changing situation quickly and think of solutions on the fly. Seconds matter in the operating room, so you must be calm and quick under pressure.
Once you've obtained enough experience in the operating room, you might consider certification for this specialty. The CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room) certification is a logical step if you are looking to advance your career in this specialty.
Operating Room registered nurses can work in several different medical facility settings:
- Outpatient Surgical Centers
- University Teaching Hospitals
- Children's Hospitals
- Advanced Trauma Centers
The variety of clinical settings available in this specialty, increase the likelihood that you can find a position as an operating room travel RN in the geographical location of your choosing. Go to the mountains, the desert, the plains, or the beach. If there is an operating room nearby you can enjoy those fun free time pursuits while you pursue your career.
Job Skills / Requirements:
- Valid BLS and ACLS from the American Heart Association
- A valid professional license within the state of practice
- Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) credential is recommended and may be required for specific registered nurses and travel nurse positions
- Specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Experience as an OR nurse
Operating Room Travel Nurse Salary and Job Outlook
To work as a travel nurse in this specialty requires a nurse to have a lot of experience. As such, the salary for an operating room nurse is substantial, and typically higher than the salary of an entry-level travel nurse.
OR travel nurses who work with Elite Specialty Staffing can choose to take free, private, luxurious housing, or a generous housing subsidy. When you work as an operating room travel nurse with Elite Specialty Staffing, you will gain all the lucrative travel nursing benefits we offer. Apply today!
Travel Nursing Jobs in Iowa
Becoming a travel nurse in Iowa, is probably not exactly what you thought of when considering a travel healthcare job. But the truth is, Iowa is a place that people go to and keep going back to; Iowa has been experiencing serious population growth in the last 5 years.
So, what's so special about the Hawkeye state? Perhaps the most important thing to understand about Iowa is niceness of the people. Iowa people are warm and friendly, and interested in making connections with people. You will feel welcome and wanted here.
There are lots of things to do in the beautiful state parks. Go horseback riding in the Shimek State Forest, or kayak the Middle River and paddle under the famous Bridges of Madison County. Go shore fishing at Big Creek Lake. If you're not already a biker, you might be converted. Iowa has a biking trail bucket list, that includes crazy fun bike trails such as the BACooN Ride where the riders are decked out in bacon and pig costumes and taste bacon specialty foods at the stops along the trail. Watch for hawks and eagles atop of 45foot tall observation tower from the Hitchcock Nature Center. Lots of places for challenging and scenic hikes.
Additionally, the cost of living in Iowa is significantly lower than the national average, even in the capital city of Des Moines. Iowa travel nurse pay on top of a lower cost of living makes Iowa an obvious choice.
Des Moines is an exciting city, that is growing rapidly, intentionally. The city has spent a lot of time and energy on renovating the historic downtown, investing in trendy clubs, delicious restaurants and hosting the annual music festival, 80/35. Des Moines keeps growing because these factors combined with buckets of business opportunities are a major draw for people looking to settle down or start over. It is indeed big and growing, but Iowa travel nurses love that they never have to spend an hour in traffic after a shift.
Travel nursing jobs in Iowa can be found by teaming up with Elite Specialty Staffing today!
Resources for Iowa Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in Iowa, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the Iowa Board for Nursing's website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of Iowa.
Work with Elite Specialty Staffing to Enjoy Lucrative Travel Nursing Benefits:
- High Pay and Bonuses
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Generous Housing Allowance
- Tax Advantage Plan
- Weekly Payroll Deposit
- Free Online CEUs
- Traveler Rewards and Discounts
- Travel and Licensure Reimbursements