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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 3,758 matching PCU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTrinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Samaritan Hospital
Albany, New York
Trinity Health FirstChoice
10 days ago
Every other weekend
$3,700/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
St. Joseph's Health
Syracuse, New York
Trinity Health FirstChoice
12 days ago
$3,700/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAureus Medical Group - Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Sun City, Arizona
Aureus Medical Group - Nursing
19 days ago
PCU RN needed at a 400 bed facility in the Phoenix, AZ metro! The ideal candidate will have 2.5+ years of experience in Step-Down, Progressive/Intermediate Care. Position: RNSpecia ...
$3,859/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
New York, New York
Advantis Medical
12 days ago
$3,714/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Flushing, New York
Travel Nurses, Inc.
3 days ago
$3,686/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Syracuse, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: SYRACUSE, NY Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in SYRACUSE, NY! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$2,894/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Mount Carmel Health East
Columbus, Ohio
TotalMed Staffing
an hour ago
$2,737/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Roanoke, Virginia
Focus Staff
17 minutes ago
$2,060/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Florida Hospital
Orlando, Florida
TotalMed Staffing
an hour ago
$2,012/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAnders Group
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Roanoke, Virginia
Anders Group
27 minutes ago
PCU RN - Registered Nurse Roanoke, VA Start Date: 06/28/2021 Shift: Day (12 Hours) 7:00 19:00 Apply online or contact us ASAP for more information on this great opportunity! ...
$2,009/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Port Charlotte, Florida
Focus Staff
17 minutes ago
$1,973/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Port Charlotte, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
43 minutes 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. ...
$1,944/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAequor Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte, Florida
Aequor Healthcare
44 minutes ago
$1,943/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Ocala, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
an hour ago
Location: Ocala, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Cardiac Progessive Care - CPCU to join our travel team in Ocala, FL! This is a full time travel contract posi ...
$1,905/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
Port Charlottee, Florida
TotalMed Staffing
an hour ago
$1,835/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$1,549/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$1,457/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Port Charlotte, Florida
OneStaff Medical
an hour 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 ...
$1,440/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Tampa, Florida
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$1,288/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Jacksonville, Florida
OneStaff Medical
an hour ago
$1,273/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 (39 jobs), Vidant Medical Center (27 jobs), and VCU Medical Center (22 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 (451), TotalMed Staffing (379), and American Mobile Healthcare (341).

How Much Do PCU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Monday, May 17th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Progressive Care Nurse is $1,938, but can pay up to $3,859 per week.

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  • avg - $1,938
  • max - $3,859

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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