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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 4,968 matching PCU Nurse jobs.

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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Nh, Lebanon
CareerStaff Unlimited
8 days ago
Registered Nurse - RN – Step Down/Progressive Care Unit (PCU) - Crisis Response CareerStaff Unlimited is looking to hire an experienced Step-Down RN (Registered Nurse) for a full- ...
$3,862/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Bloomington, Indiana
CareStaff Partners
5 days ago
$3,744/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAtlas MedStaff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
McLeod Regional Medical Center (Florence, SC 29506)
Florence, South Carolina
Atlas MedStaff
5 days ago
$3,709/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
7 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PCU/Step-down Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
$3,672/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
7 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Step Down Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$3,672/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitNuWest Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Banner University Medical Center South Campus (Tucson, AZ 85713)
Tucson, Arizona
NuWest Travel Nursing
4 hours ago
$3,649/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitARMStaffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ARMStaffing
4 hours ago
$2,628/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Greenwich, Connecticut
NuWest Travel Nursing
4 hours ago
$2,381/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Lumberton, North Carolina
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PCU/Step-down Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
$2,340/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAequor Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Henry Ford Health System of Wyandotte
Wyandotte, Michigan
Aequor Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,172/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orlando, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Step Down Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,160/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Virginia Mason Medical Center and Seattle Medical Center (Seattle, WA 98101)
Seattle, Washington
NuWest Travel Nursing
4 hours ago
$2,155/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Baptist Medical Center
Jacksonville, Florida
Aequor Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,126/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Aequor Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,035/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitNuWest Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Victoria, Texas
NuWest Travel Nursing
4 hours ago
$1,993/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
OneStaff Medical
4 hours 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 ...
$1,854/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Beckley ARH Hospital
Beckley, West Virginia
Aequor Healthcare
4 hours ago
$1,806/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Southfield, Michigan
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PCU/Step-down Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
$1,728/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Gloversville, New York
OneStaff Medical
4 hours ago
A Progressive Care Nurse will care for patients requiring close monitoring and frequent assessment, but who aren't unstable enough to need ICU care. PCU nurses monitor cardiac and ...
$1,214/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Kendall Regional Medical Center
Miami, Florida
Aequor Healthcare
4 hours ago
$1,038/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 Jewish Hospital (41 jobs), Vidant Medical Center (39 jobs), and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (32 jobs).

What are the best agencies for PCU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PCU Nurse jobs are OneStaff Medical (560), TotalMed Staffing (515), and TotalMed Case Management Staffing (507).

How Much Do PCU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, June 23rd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Progressive Care Nurse is $2,001, but can pay up to $3,862 per week.

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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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