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 1,022 matching NICU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareVoca Health
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Kern Medical Center (Bakersfield, CA 93306)
Bakersfield, California
Voca Health
13 hours ago
Auto Offer/ASAP Start 8,10,13 week contract 36,48,60 contract Need California license or the Emergency Waiver
$7,140/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
San Francisco, California
Lead Healthstaff
13 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
10 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
13 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 hours 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 CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, Arizona
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #2. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,968/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareSupplemental Health Care
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Denton, Texas
Supplemental Health Care
5 hours ago
Job Description:Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a general medical and surgical hospital located in Denton, Tx for a ...
$3,625/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Monument Health
Rapid City, South Dakota
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #5. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,508/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
VCU Medical Center
Richmond, Virginia
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #4. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,337/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Saint Francis Medical Center
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #8. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,282/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
Bozeman, Montana
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #8. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,802/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAscend National Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Ft. Walton Bch, Florida
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing
7 hours ago
Ascend National Job ID #2. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,732/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAscend National Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Osceola Regional Medical Center
Kissimmee, Florida
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing
7 hours ago
Ascend National 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.
$2,732/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareAscend National Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Osceola Regional Medical Center
Kissimmee, Florida
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing
7 hours ago
Ascend National 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.
$2,732/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Snellville, Georgia
TotalMed Staffing
3 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #686976. 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 ...
$2,704/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Ft. Walton Bch, Florida
Nurse First
7 hours ago
Nurse First 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.
$2,633/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Osceola Regional Medical Center
Kissimmee, Florida
Nurse First
7 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #2. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,619/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Kissimmee, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
7 hours ago
Location: Kissimmee, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Kissimmee, FL! This is a full time travel ...
$2,534/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Kissimmee, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
7 hours ago
Location: Kissimmee, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Kissimmee, FL! This is a full time travel ...
$2,534/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Focus Staff
5 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C6kOAAS. 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 ...
$2,476/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
St. Alexius Health Bismarck MBO 4000
Bismarck, North Dakota
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #5. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,406/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
Bozeman, Montana
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First 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.
$2,364/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Walnut Creek Medical Center
Walnut Creek, California
Nurse First
4 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.
$2,192/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Walnut Creek Medical Center
Walnut Creek, California
Nurse First
4 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #8. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,192/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive CareNurse First
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Johnson City Medical Center
Johnson City, Tennessee
Nurse First
2 hours ago
Nurse First Job ID #7. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,066/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 (201), Advantis Medical (147), and Lead Healthstaff (117).

How Much Do NICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Tuesday, November 30th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse is $3,113, but can pay up to $7,140 per week.

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  • min - $1,409
  • avg - $3,113
  • max - $7,140

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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