Travel PCU Nurse Jobs

Progressive care units bridge the gap between intensive care units and medical-surgical/telemetry units with progressive care nurses caring for critical patients on the road to recovery or those who are at higher risk of their condition worsening. PCU nursing provides an intermediate or transitional level of hospital care for patients who require more monitoring and assessment than those on the med-surg floor, but who are stable enough that they don't need placement in the ICU.

Progressive care is one of the fastest-growing nursing specialties, and the job outlook for PCU nurses is exceptionally positive. According to the National Telemetry Association, there's a shortage of progressive care nurses because the field is so specialized and progressive care units are relatively new.

Progressive care unit nurse salary

According to PayScale, progressive care unit nurses in permanent positions earn an average of $78,487 annually. This works out to about $1,509 weekly and $37.72 per hour in a 40-hour workweek. 

Travel PCU nurses, on the other hand, earn an average weekly salary of $1,632 per Vivian data. Many travel nurses also receive meal stipends, and housing stipends, increasing the total compensation for each assignment. For travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax home, meal and housing stipends are tax-free, which is why travel nurses can often expect to earn more than equivalent staff positions.

We currently have 3,941 matching PCU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitGQR Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
GQR Healthcare
2 days ago
2+ years of PCU experience, BLS, ACLS, LA Fire Card, EMSA license accepted, any state RN license, days and nights, 36 or 48 hours, covid vaccine required
$7,012/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Torrance, California
KPG Healthcare
13 days ago
$6,750/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
2 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 - Progressive Care UnitKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
2 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 - Progressive Care UnitSupplemental Health Care
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Boston, Massachusetts
Supplemental Health Care
3 days ago
Job Description:As one of the largest Healthcare jobs placement agencies in the U.S., Supplemental Health Care has been partnering with RNs for more than 30 years. We’re now seekin ...
$6,372/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Oregon, Ohio
Lead Healthstaff
9 hours ago
We need a Progressive Care Unit Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $5367.60 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! ...
$5,367/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Toledo, Ohio
Lead Healthstaff
9 hours ago
We need a Progressive Care Unit Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $5367.60 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! ...
$5,367/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Baltimore, Maryland
Advantis Medical
6 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #204368. 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: Reg ...
$4,137/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Falls Church, Virginia
Lead Healthstaff
9 hours ago
We need a Step-Down/Telemetry Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $4062.07 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Le ...
$4,062/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Puyallup, Washington
TotalMed Staffing
6 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #688419. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Step Down Unit Travel Nurse As ...
$3,854/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Dededo, Guam
Advantis Medical
6 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #204406. 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: PCU ...
$3,669/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Loveland, Colorado
TotalMed Staffing
8 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #688378. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Step Down Unit Travel Nurse As ...
$3,554/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Columbia, South Carolina
Advantis Medical
7 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #204358. 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: PCU ...
$3,226/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Columbia, South Carolina
TotalMed Staffing
7 hours ago
TotalMed Job ID #688410. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation). Posted job title: Registered Nurse - Step Down Unit Travel Nurse As ...
$3,178/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ethos Medical Staffing
5 hours ago
Ethos Medical Staffing 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.
$3,110/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Ethos Medical Staffing
5 hours ago
Ethos Medical Staffing Job ID #3. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,995/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAscend National Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orange Park Medical Center
Orange Park, Florida
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing
8 hours ago
Ascend National 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.
$2,732/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fort Smith, Arkansas
OneStaff Medical
8 hours ago
OneStaff Medical Job ID #511026. 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 ti ...
$2,705/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orange Park, Florida
Lead Healthstaff
9 hours ago
We need a Progressive Care Unit Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $2613.60 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! ...
$2,613/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Melbourne, Florida
Stability Healthcare
9 hours ago
Stability Job ID #271179. 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: Te ...
$2,595/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orange Park, Florida
Advantis Medical
9 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #190862. 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 ...
$2,534/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orange Park, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
8 hours ago
Location: Orange Park, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Orange Park, FL! This is a full time travel cont ...
$2,534/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Kansas City, Missouri
OneStaff Medical
9 hours ago
OneStaff Medical Job ID #344855. 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 ti ...
$2,519/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Stability Healthcare
9 hours ago
Stability Job ID #271161. 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: Te ...
$2,442/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Edmonds, Washington
Host Healthcare
5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Edmonds, WA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #638090 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
$1,959/wk
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PCU Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have PCU Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most PCU Nurse jobs are SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mount Vernon (23 jobs), SSM Health Saint Mary's Hospital-Saint Louis (22 jobs), and Samaritan Medical Center (19 jobs).

What are the best agencies for PCU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PCU Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (600), Advantis Medical (522), and OneStaff Medical (466).

How Much Do PCU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, December 1st 2021, the average weekly salary for a Progressive Care Nurse is $3,168, but can pay up to $7,012 per week.

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  • avg - $3,168
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What do progressive care unit nurses do?

PCU nurses spend much of their time gathering and monitoring patient data. This is accomplished through various devices and technology that continuously record patients' critical vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation. PCU nurses assess the data from these machines to detect changes in patient status and quickly intervene to initiate life-saving interventions if needed. Other duties might include:

  • Frequent assessment to detect changes in patient status

  • Updating and maintaining patients' medical records

  • Administering medications and providing safe, competent direct care

  • Educating patients and family members on procedures

Where do PCU nurses work?

Progressive care nurses typically work in a hospital setting, providing continuous monitoring and care to patients in sensitive or declining condition. They work in a hospital's progressive care unit, which may also be referred to as step-down, ICU step-down, direct observation, intermediate care, or transitional care.

What skills make a good PCU nurse?

PCU nurses must be able to quickly analyze data and react to potentially life-threatening situations with confidence. Successful PCU nurses must have solid assessment skills and a healthy blend of technical and communication skills. PCU nurses are responsible for detecting changes in patient condition that may signal the patient needs a higher level of care. Their frequent assessments can identify minute changes in patients’ conditions. 

Some essential technical skills include vital sign measurement, EKG and echocardiogram monitoring, drug dose titration, and wound dressing. They must also have knowledge of charting and proficiency in electronic hospital management systems. Exceptional interpersonal skills, including collaboration, communication, and empathy, are among the top qualities of a good PCU nurse.

How to become a PCU travel nurse

Being a registered nurse is a prerequisite to becoming a progressive care unit nurse. RN requirements include earning a two-year associate degree or four-year Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Graduates must pass the NCLEX exam and fulfill state licensing requirements.

To transition to PCU nursing, RNs must may obtain Progressive Care Certified Nurse certification, which requires working with acutely ill patients for 1,750 hours over two years or 2,000 hours over five years. They may also earn certification in telemetry, such as through the National Telemetry Association, after passing the Telemetry Certification in Cardiac Arrhythmia Interpretation exam.

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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Charlotte, NC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Charlotte, NC! This is a full time travel contract ...
$3,525/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
New London, New Hampshire
Ethos Medical Staffing
12 hours ago
Ethos Medical Staffing 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.
$3,802/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Host Healthcare
15 days ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Wheat Ridge, CO. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #665936 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
$1,852/wk
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
New London, New Hampshire
OneStaff Medical
a day ago
Step Down Nurses monitor cardiac and other critical vital signs and detect any changes, thereby enabling intervention of life-threatening or emergency situations. They can work be ...
$3,154/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
New London, New Hampshire
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: New London, NH Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in New London, NH! This is a full time travel contra ...
$3,801/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
Destination Travelcare Job ID #6. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 48 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$5,549/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
Destination Travelcare Job ID #9. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 48 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$5,549/wk
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
Destination Travelcare Job ID #5. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 48 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$5,386/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
Destination Travelcare Job ID #3. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$5,386/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
Destination Travelcare Job ID #9. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 48 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$5,222/wk
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