Travel nurses in a Direct Observation Unit (DOU) closely monitor patients at risk of suicide or self-harm due to mental health issues, substance abuse, or a history of violence. To ensure patient safety, these nurses collaborate with psychiatrists, communicate with families, and provide continuous surveillance in person or with cameras. Explore our Direct Observation nurse jobs, with opportunities for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, and make a difference in the lives of patients in crisis.
With sensitivity and patience, Direct Observation nurses support patients’ emotional and psychological well-being. Travel nurses in this role are in-demand in hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities, and substance abuse treatment centers around the country. Direct Observation nursing positions require a combination of technical medical knowledge, a compassionate bedside manner, and experience with at-risk patients in crisis. The average Direct Observation nurse salary in the United States is $69,000 – $75,387 and varies based on experience and the location of the Direct Observation Unit.