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 6,101 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
6 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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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
6 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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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
6 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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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Oakland, California
KPG Healthcare
6 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.
$6,300/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Oakland, California
KPG Healthcare
6 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.
$6,300/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Monroe, Michigan
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/27/2021Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $4547.92 - 5011.99ProMedica Monroe Regional H ...
$4,779/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Monroe, Michigan
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/28/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $4547.92 - 5011.99ProMedica Monroe Regional H ...
$4,779/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Ethos Medical Staffing
6 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.
$4,147/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Leesburg, Virginia
Host Healthcare
5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Leesburg, VA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #729275 Why choose Host Healthcare? Bec ...
$3,629/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fairfax, Virginia
Host Healthcare
5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Fairfax, VA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #729269 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
$3,629/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Saint Louis, Missouri
Ethos Medical Staffing
4 hours ago
Ethos Medical Staffing 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.
$3,456/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Royal Oak, Michigan
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: ASAP Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $3234.18 - 3564.19Job BenefitsAt American Mobile H ...
$3,399/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Altamonte Springs, Florida
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/27/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $3043.60 - 3354.17Advent Health is a multi-re ...
$3,198/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Apopka, Florida
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/27/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $3043.60 - 3354.17Advent Health is a multi-re ...
$3,198/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fort Worth, Texas
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 01/10/2022Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $2855.93 - 3147.35This outstanding Progressiv ...
$3,001/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Thomasville, Georgia
Ethos Medical Staffing
4 hours ago
Ethos Medical Staffing 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.
$2,765/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
San Antonio, Texas
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/05/2021Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $2462.52 - 2713.80This outstanding Progressiv ...
$2,588/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Torrance, California
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 01/23/2022Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $1916.66 - 2112.24Providence Little Company o ...
$2,014/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Torrance, California
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 01/03/2022Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1916.66 - 2112.24Providence Little Company o ...
$2,014/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Torrance, California
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/31/2021Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1916.66 - 2112.24Providence Little Company o ...
$2,014/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Farmington, Michigan
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 12/20/2021Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $1770.06 - 1950.67Common Diagnosis/Treatment: ...
$1,860/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Columbus, Ohio
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 01/17/2022Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1722.97 - 1898.78The Ohio State University W ...
$1,810/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Columbus, Ohio
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 01/03/2022Available Shifts: 12 D Pay Rate: $1722.97 - 1898.78The Ohio State University W ...
$1,810/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Houston, Texas
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: ASAP Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1588.10 - 1750.15Required QualificationsExperienc ...
$1,669/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Puyallup, Washington
American Mobile Healthcare
9 hours ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Progressive Care - (PCU RN)StartDate: 01/03/2022Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $1252.15 - 1379.92As a valued member of the P ...
$1,316/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 DePaul Hospital- Saint Louis (26 jobs), SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mount Vernon (26 jobs), and New Hanover Regional Medical Center - Orthopedic Hospital (25 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 (937), Stability Healthcare (593), and Advantis Medical (515).

How Much Do PCU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Sunday, December 5th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Progressive Care Nurse is $3,092, but can pay up to $7,012 per week.

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  • avg - $3,092
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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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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Torrance, California
Anders Group
4 days ago
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Austin, Texas
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Stepdown PCU RN Austin, TX Start Date: 08/29/2021 Shift: 19:00-07:00 Apply online or contact us ASAP for more information on this great opportunity! Anders Group is looking ...
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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Louisville, Kentucky
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