PCU Nurse Career Guide

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Overview

A Progressive Care Unit (PCU) nurse plays a vital role in providing specialized care to patients who require a higher level of monitoring and intervention than general ward patients but do not require intensive care. PCU nurses are skilled in managing patients with complex conditions and ensuring their stability and progress. Essential job functions in this specialty include

Education

To become a PCU RN, individuals must complete a nursing program and obtain a nursing license. The required educational background is typically a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which takes around four years to complete. Nursing programs are offered at accredited universities, colleges or nursing schools, providing a comprehensive education in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and nursing

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Related certifications

To apply for a Progressive Care Unit RN position, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain their nursing license. Some healthcare facilities may require additional certifications, such as Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). Prior experience in an acute care setting, such as

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Skills

Success as a staff or travel PCU Nurse requires a combination of knowledge, hard and soft skills and abilities. PCU nurses must have a strong understanding of critical care principles, patient monitoring and the ability to interpret and analyze complex medical data. They should be proficient in administering medications, managing advanced life support equipment and collaborating effectively with

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Responsibilities

PCU RNs are responsible for closely monitoring patients' conditions, recognizing changes and initiating appropriate interventions. They administer medications, perform procedures such as wound care and IV management and provide education to patients and their families. PCU nurses collaborate with healthcare teams to develop and implement individualized care plans, ensure continuity of care and facilitate patient recovery.

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PCU Nurse
$1,730-2,532/week

The average salary for a PCU Nurse is $2,108.88 per week.

Last updated on April 18, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Opportunity to provide specialized care to patients in a critical transitional phase.

  • Exposure to a wide range of medical conditions and treatments.

  • Enhanced critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills.

  • Collaboration with specialized healthcare professionals.

  • Potential for career advancement and specialization in critical care nursing.

Cons:

  • High patient acuity and complex cases requiring close monitoring.

  • Emotionally demanding situations and exposure to life-threatening conditions.

  • A fast-paced work environment with a

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PCU Nurse Jobs


View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Manager, PCU - Progressive Care Unit
Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Manager, PCU - Progressive Care Unit

  • Bangor, ME
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$3,739/week

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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Manager, PCU - Progressive Care Unit
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Travel Nurse RN - Manager, PCU - Progressive Care Unit

  • Bangor, ME
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs

$3,739/week

Estimated pay package
Posted 2 days ago
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Travel Nurse RN - PCU - Progressive Care Unit

  • Cooperstown, NY
  • LanceSoft
  • 4x12 hrs, Nights

$3,762/week

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Travel Nurse RN - PCU - Progressive Care Unit

  • Utica, NY
  • Solomon Page
  • 4x12 hrs, Nights

$3,518/week

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