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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 534 matching NICU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Samaritan Hospital
Albany, New York
Trinity Health FirstChoice
24 days ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
$3,340/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Samaritan Hospital
Albany, New York
Trinity Health FirstChoice
9 days ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
$3,340/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareVoca Health
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Hoag Hospital Newport Beach (Newport Beach, CA 92663)
Newport Beach, California
Voca Health
4 days ago
$3,248/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Saint Joseph Health System
Mishawaka, Indiana
Trinity Health FirstChoice
a month ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
$3,232/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareLRS Healthcare - Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
LRS Healthcare - Travel Nursing
16 days ago
$3,037/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Warrenton, Virginia
American Mobile Healthcare
8 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse - (NICU RN)StartDate: 06/07/2021Available Shifts: 12 D/N Pay Rate: $2139.67 - 2358.01This hospital staff takes grea ...
$2,248/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
Worcester, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$2,016/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
Bozeman, Montana
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,944/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
Akron, Ohio
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,872/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Madera, California
American Mobile Healthcare
8 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse - (NICU RN)StartDate: 06/02/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1713.77 - 1888.64This top-ranked unit is ready t ...
$1,801/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
San Diego, California
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,764/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
Richmond, Virginia
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,692/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
Portland, Oregon
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,692/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Worcester, Massachusetts
American Mobile Healthcare
8 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse - (NICU RN)StartDate: 05/19/2021Available Shifts: 8 N Pay Rate: $1602.59 - 1766.12Common Diagnosis/Treatment: Resp ...
$1,684/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
Chicago, Illinois
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,620/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
Knoxville, Tennessee
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,584/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
Saint Petersburg, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 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 ...
$1,548/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Greenbrae, California
American Mobile Healthcare
8 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse - (NICU RN)StartDate: 06/11/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1419.29 - 1564.11This outstanding Neonatal Intens ...
$1,491/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Miami, Florida
American Mobile Healthcare
8 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse - (NICU RN)StartDate: 06/07/2021Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $1282.79 - 1413.69This outstanding Level III Neona ...
$1,348/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Miami, Florida
American Mobile Healthcare
8 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsNeonatal Intensive Care Nurse - (NICU RN)StartDate: 06/07/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1282.79 - 1413.69This outstanding Level III Neona ...
$1,348/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 TotalMed Staffing (82), Stability Healthcare (63), and KPG Healthcare (63).

How Much Do NICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Sunday, May 16th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse is $1,959, but can pay up to $3,248 per week.

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  • min - $1,085
  • avg - $1,959
  • max - $3,248

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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Portland, Maine
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