Travel NICU Nurse Jobs

Neonatal intensive care nurses are registered nurses who specialize in caring for newborn infants with serious health issues, including premature birth, infections, birth defects, heart anomalies, and other problems. NICU nurses monitor and care for premature or sick babies for weeks or even months, until they’re healthy enough to go home. They also support scared parents throughout the traumatic experience of birthing and caring for a premature or critically ill newborn.

Dedicated NICU nurses care for the most vulnerable patients and have a huge impact on the lives of the neonates and their parents, making it a highly rewarding career choice. Due to their efforts and advanced medical technology, neonate survival rates are 10 times higher than they were 15 years ago, putting experienced NICU nurses in high demand.

Neonatal Intensive Care nurse salary

According to PayScale, staff NICU registered nurses earn $65,992 annually. This amount breaks down to about $1,269 weekly and $31.73 hourly in a 40-hour work week. 

Vivian data indicated that NICU travel nurses earned an average weekly gross salary of $2,030 in 2019, which included additional compensations for housing, meals, and other incidentals. These stipends are tax free, but only available to  nurses who can claim a permanent tax home.

We currently have 1,179 matching NICU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
San Francisco, California
Lead Healthstaff
22 days ago
We need a Pediatrics - NICU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6984.45 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead ...
$6,984/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Los Angeles, California
Lead Healthstaff
19 days ago
We need a Pediatrics - NICU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6816.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead ...
$6,816/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Turlock, California
Lead Healthstaff
22 days ago
We need a Pediatrics - NICU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6753.60 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead ...
$6,753/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
10 days ago
To work a contract with KPG Healthcare, a nurse must have two years of experience in the last three years of this specialty to qualify.
$6,750/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
10 days ago
To work a contract with KPG Healthcare, a nurse must have two years of experience in the last three years of this specialty to qualify.
$6,750/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Baltimore, Maryland
TotalMed Staffing
14 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #696618. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Neonatal Travel Nurse Assignme ...
$4,462/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
La Jolla, California
Stability Healthcare
14 hours ago
Stability Job ID #273871. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$4,293/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
La Jolla, California
Stability Healthcare
14 hours ago
Stability Job ID #273870. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$4,293/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
New Haven, Connecticut
TotalMed Staffing
14 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #696637. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Neonatal Travel Nurse Assignme ...
$3,889/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareBlu Medstaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, Pennsylvania
Blu Medstaff
13 hours ago
Blu Medstaff Job ID #1. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,888/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
New Haven, Connecticut
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
13 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality NICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$3,744/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Valencia, California
Stability Healthcare
12 hours ago
Stability Job ID #273975. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$3,644/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Caretrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
New Haven, Connecticut
trustaff
9 hours ago
NICU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse (NICU RN) is responsible for taking care of newborns that are either sick or premature, w ...
$3,564/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareBlu Medstaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Valencia, California
Blu Medstaff
13 hours ago
Blu Medstaff Job ID #9. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,564/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Chicago, Illinois
Stability Healthcare
12 hours ago
Stability Job ID #274002. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$3,310/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Chicago, Illinois
Stability Healthcare
12 hours ago
Stability Job ID #273978. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$3,310/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Caretrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Garden City, Kansas
trustaff
10 hours ago
NICU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse (NICU RN) is responsible for taking care of newborns that are either sick or premature, w ...
$3,276/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Albany, New York
Stability Healthcare
11 hours ago
Stability Job ID #274035. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$3,255/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Advantis Medical
13 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #208507. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: Trav ...
$3,226/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
TotalMed Staffing
14 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #696653. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Neonatal Travel Nurse Assignme ...
$3,106/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
12 hours ago
Stability Job ID #270752. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$3,074/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Snellville, Georgia
Focus Staff
13 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IJsgAAG. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,683/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stability Healthcare
11 hours ago
Stability Job ID #274027. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: NI ...
$2,290/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Caretrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Hershey, Pennsylvania
trustaff
13 hours ago
NICU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse (NICU RN) is responsible for taking care of newborns that are either sick or premature, w ...
$1,944/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Caretrustaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Hershey, Pennsylvania
trustaff
13 hours ago
NICU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse (NICU RN) is responsible for taking care of newborns that are either sick or premature, w ...
$1,944/wk
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What are the best agencies for NICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most NICU Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (177), Advantis Medical (123), and TotalMed Staffing (114).

How Much Do NICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Thursday, December 9th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse is $3,144, but can pay up to $6,984 per week.

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  • min - $1,429
  • avg - $3,144
  • max - $6,984

What does a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse do?

NICU nurses provide complex, hands-on care to critically ill newborns to ensure they’re breathing, their critical functions are preserved,  and are developing properly. They’re directly responsible for monitoring their vitals, administering food and medications, and providing all aspects of care and comfort. NICU nurses utilize the latest technology for babies that require intravenous feeding or ventilators to assist with breathing. They also work closely with parents, providing comfort and educating them about their baby’s condition and how to care for them when they’re finally discharged.

Where do Neonatal Intensive Care nurses work?

NICU nurses work in children’s hospitals, medical centers and public and private hospitals that have an NICU. Within the NICU, they typically work in LEVEL III nurseries with newborns who require medical and technological interventions not available in Level I or Level II nurseries, such as prolonged continuous ventilation. They may also work in Level IV nurseries with infants needing LEVEL III care, plus surgical repair of serious congenital or acquired anomalies. Some NICU nurses work for home health agencies, providing follow-up care for high-risk babies at their homes, or for medical transportation and evacuation services.

What skills make a good Neonatal Intensive Care nurse?

NICU nursing requires a specialized set of skills to work effectively in this emotional, often stressful environment, and to catch and combat any complications that might arise suddenly. NICU nurses must possess good intuition and a keen sense of attention to detail to catch the subtlest behavioral changes in these tiny patients who can’t verbally communicate what’s wrong. The ability to detect the smallest fluctuations in body temperature, respiration rates, cardiac rhythm, or stimuli response is critical to serve as early indicators of good or bad changes in a baby’s condition. NICU nurses must continually stay alert and mentally agile throughout every shift to ensure good outcomes. Other key skills include strong communication skills, compassion and empathy to soothe parents during highly emotional situations, and meticulous documentation to record an infant’s progress and recovery.

How to become a Neonatal Intensive Care Travel Nurse?

To become a travel NICU nurse, applicants must earn at least an Associate Degree in Nursing, but many employers prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete all state licensing requirements to become an RN. Certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support are customary. While specialty certification or specialized education aren’t required, they’re often recommended and always good for career advancement. Suggested pursuits include:

  • S.T.A.B.L.E. Program for specific education on post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization of infants

Many NICU travel job posts also require a minimum number of years of clinical experience in a hospital setting. Some even require this experience be in pediatrics or even a pediatric intensive care setting.

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Nurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
North Austin Medical Center
Austin, Texas
Nurse First
15 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #0. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,125/wk
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16 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #6. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,838/wk
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Aureus Medical Group - Nursing
8 days ago
Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review, the programs of this facility have received national recogniti ...
$2,412/wk
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Riverside, California
Advantis Medical
6 days ago
Advantis Job ID #179747. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted job title: Neo ...
$1,996/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Pomona, California
Focus Staff
10 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C4l3AAC. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,775/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Overland Park, Kansas
Focus Staff
10 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C4ReAAK. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$2,676/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Little Rock, Arkansas
Focus Staff
10 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C4JeAAK. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$4,074/wk
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Bangor, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
10 days ago
Location: Bangor, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Bangor, ME! This is a full time travel contra ...
$4,377/wk
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Mount Pleasant, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
5 days ago
TotalMed Job ID #692160. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Neonatal Travel Nurse Assignme ...
$2,812/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Murrieta, California
trustaff
2 days ago
NICU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract.The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse (NICU RN) is responsible for taking care of newborns that are either sick or premature, w ...
$3,060/wk
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