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 7,899 matching PCU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Progressive Care UnitSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Progressive Care Unit
Midwest City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 hours ago
Clerk level role performing routine clerical work with clearly defined procedures under direct supervision.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESAssists in maintaining records and systems, recei ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Progressive Care UnitSSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - Progressive Care Unit
Midwest City, Oklahoma
SSM Health
2 hours ago
Clerk level role performing routine clerical work with clearly defined procedures under direct supervision.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESAssists in maintaining records and systems, recei ...
$26-40/hr
Permanent position
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Baltimore, Maryland
American Mobile Healthcare
10 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: ASAP Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $6692.16 - 7404.09The elite team members at this f ...
$7,048/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitGQR Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
GQR Healthcare
3 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
14 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
3 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 UnitADN Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Jamestown Regional Medical Center
Jamestown, North Dakota
ADN Healthcare
2 hours ago
ADN Healthcare 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.
$4,189/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAscend National Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
NURSING Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing
3 hours ago
Ascend National 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.
$4,099/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitTact Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Health Care
Novi, Michigan
Tact Medical Staffing
3 hours ago
Step down Registered Nurse Step Down Unit Start Date: 12/20/2021 Shift: Day (12 Hours) 7:00 19:30 Shift Length: 12 Hours Assignment Length: 22 weeks Certifications: Advanced C ...
$3,947/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitOloop Health
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Oloop Health
4 hours ago
Oloop Technology Job ID #204210. Pay package is based on 12.0 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,920/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAccountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
Accountable Job ID #933668. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$3,861/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Advantis Medical
3 hours ago
Advantis Job ID #205171. 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: NM- ...
$3,802/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAequor Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Aequor Healthcare
3 hours ago
Aequor Job ID #399481. 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: Regis ...
$3,772/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Mynela Staffing
2 hours ago
Mynela Staffing 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.
$3,661/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Next Move Inc
4 hours ago
$3,564/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
3 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 ...
$3,456/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C8osAAC. 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 ...
$3,334/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Springfield, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
4 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.
$3,226/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Salt Lake City, Utah
Stability Healthcare
4 hours ago
Stability Job ID #271634. 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 ...
$2,681/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Phoenix, Arizona
Next Move Inc
4 hours ago
$2,249/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitNext Move Inc
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Phoenix, Arizona
Next Move Inc
4 hours ago
$2,249/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAequor Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Abrazo Central Campus
Phoenix, Arizona
Aequor Healthcare
3 hours ago
Aequor Job ID #399471. 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: Regis ...
$2,100/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Phoenix, Arizona
Mynela Staffing
2 hours ago
Mynela Staffing 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.
$2,038/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitMynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Phoenix, Arizona
Mynela Staffing
2 hours ago
Mynela Staffing Job ID #6. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined.
$2,038/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 Samaritan Medical Center (34 jobs), SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mount Vernon (31 jobs), and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (30 jobs).

What are the best agencies for PCU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PCU Nurse jobs are American Mobile Healthcare (932), Accountable Healthcare Staffing (660), and Stability Healthcare (604).

How Much Do PCU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Thursday, December 2nd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Progressive Care Nurse is $3,104, but can pay up to $7,048 per week.

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  • avg - $3,104
  • max - $7,048

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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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Omaha, Nebraska
Focus Staff
2 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BypDAAS. 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 ...
$3,692/wk
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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004BypCAAS. 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 ...
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004ByhnAAC. 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 ...
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004Byb8AAC. 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 ...
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Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004ByVPAA0. 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 ...
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Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004ByRhAAK. 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 ...
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004ByRfAAK. 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 ...
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Milford, Massachusetts
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Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004ByPLAA0. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 32 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
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