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Travel ICU Nurse Jobs

ICU nursing is a rewarding career choice and not just because of the opportunity to help patients who are suffering from critical illness or are in a rapidly deteriorating condition.  To successfully navigate the ICU requires exceptional attention to detail, and expert knowledge regarding advanced technology and pathophysiology of disease processes, often leading nurses to seek out additional education, training, and certification.

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't list nursing pay by every specialty, it does indicate that nurses who work in a hospital environment make more on average than those that work in doctor's offices, residential care facilities, or education. The average annual salary for RNs working in hospitals is around $75,030.

Qualified ICU nurses may be able to increase how much they make through overtime and other perks, and those who are willing to travel can often make more as a travel ICU nurse providing critical care in areas experiencing a shortage.

While ICU nursing can be incredibly physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, many nurses also find great satisfaction in caring for patients in their hours of greatest need.

ICU Nurse Salary

Critical care nurses made on average around $7,000 more per year than med-surg nurses, one of the most common nursing specialties. They also reported a higher mean income than nurses in specialties such as geriatrics, pediatrics, long-term care, rehab, public health, or ambulatory care.

In 2018 average yearly pay for RNs working in critical care environments was around $75,717. However, nurses that took steps to earn additional credentials made an average of around $92,314 working in critical care environments.

Browsing the job postings on Vivian indicates that travel nurses able to work in this specialty can make $1,900 to $3,000+ per week on assignment.

We currently have 8,249 matching ICU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, California
Trinity Health FirstChoice
a month ago
Every Other Weekend
$4,484/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, California
Trinity Health FirstChoice
6 days ago
$4,484/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Burlingame, California
trustaff
8 hours ago
ICU/CCU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) RN provides care for patients with life-threatening medical conditions. ICU/CCU RNs provide cri ...
$4,120/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitCareStaff Partners
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Madera, California
CareStaff Partners
14 hours ago
$4,056/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Medmetry
6 days ago
$4,010/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitNuWest Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Havre, Montana
NuWest Travel Nursing
3 hours ago
$3,037/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitJackson Nurse Professionals
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Stockbridge, Georgia
Jackson Nurse Professionals
3 hours ago
$2,857/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Virginia Mason Medical Center and Seattle Medical Center (Seattle, WA 98101)
Seattle, Washington
NuWest Travel Nursing
3 hours ago
$2,844/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
El Paso, Texas
NuWest Travel Nursing
3 hours ago
$2,800/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitHealthTrust Workforce Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Frisco, Texas
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
3 hours ago
$2,778/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Denton, Texas
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions
3 hours ago
$2,769/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Atlanta, Georgia
Host Healthcare
3 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Atlanta, GA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #599527 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
$2,721/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitNuWest Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Blake Medical Center (Bradenton, FL 34209)
Bradenton, Florida
NuWest Travel Nursing
3 hours ago
$2,468/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Midwest City, Oklahoma
TotalMed Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,406/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Arlington, Virginia
NuWest Travel Nursing
3 hours ago
$2,330/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Everett, Washington
NuWest Travel Nursing
3 hours ago
$2,174/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Austin, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,049/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Rock Hill, South Carolina
KPG Healthcare
3 hours ago
$2,016/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Kyle, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
3 hours ago
$2,004/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care UnitAnders Group
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Des Moines, Iowa
Anders Group
3 hours ago
ICU RN - Registered Nurse Des Moines, IA Start Date: 06/07/2021 Shift: 12.00 hr - AM Shift Apply online or contact us ASAP for more information on this great opportunity! An ...
$1,830/wk
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ICU Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have ICU Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most ICU Nurse jobs are Palmetto General Hospital (21 jobs), Redmond Regional Medical Center (21 jobs), and Doctors Hospital of Augusta (19 jobs).

What are the best agencies for ICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most ICU Nurse jobs are OneStaff Medical (856), trustaff (670), and American Mobile Healthcare (604).

How Much Do ICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Tuesday, June 22nd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Intensive Care Unit Nurse is $2,088, but can pay up to $4,120 per week.

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  • avg - $2,088
  • max - $4,120

What does an Intensive Care Unit Nurse do?

ICU nurses typically work in the various specialty  intensive care units of hospitals. They treat patients  that are admitted with a critical illness, but also care for patients that are rapidly deteriorating in other areas of the hospital. ICU RNs work with other healthcare team members to help return patients to a more stable state so that they can be treated in less critical areas of the facility and progress towards recovery.

ICU nurses may work with post-op surgical patients who need special treatments during recovery. They also work with patients who are suffering from highly acute conditions and may need special life sustaining equipment, such as respirators, continuous dialysis, and ECMO. Because of this, ICU RNs must be extremely proficient in technical nursing skills, and must be comfortable  using, monitoring, and troubleshooting medical devices and machinery. In the ICU, nurses are constantly evaluating any minor change in patient conditions in order to make real time decisions about care.

 Because ICU nurses work so closely with doctors and other medical team members, they must be able to employ excellent communication skills. Intensive care unit nurses  may work with patients that can't speak for themselves and they  have to act as advocates for their patients.  ICU nurses also help families communicate with impaired patients and help them navigate the overwhelming world of ICU care.

Where do ICU Nurses Work?

ICU mostly work inside closed units at acute care facilities. However, someone who is qualified to work as an ICU nurse has typically demonstrated the experience and knowledge needed to work in a wide variety of environments, such as emergency departments, operating rooms,. cath labs, outpatient procedural areas,  and even outpatient clinics. Critical care nurses may also be able to work  for specialty organizations, such as non-profit relief agencies, where their skills may be called upon during emergency situations or disasters.

How to Become an Intensive Care Unit Nurse?

While some organizations do hire RNs without certifications or specific experience and train them in ICU nursing, many hospitals look to hire professionals with degrees, certifications and relevant experience. A common path to working in the intensive care unit might follow the steps below.

  1. Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from an accredited school or from a program that appropriately prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN.

  2. Take and pass the NCLEX-RN and take the steps to obtain your RN license in the appropriate state (or your nurse compact license).

  3. Begin working as a nurse to obtain clinical experience, especially with critically ill patients. You may need 2-5 years worth of experience before you can become certified.

Decide what type of critical care certificate you need to continue working in the ICU. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers a number of certifications, including options for specializing in adult, pediatric or neonatal care.

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