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 5,298 matching PCU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care UnitADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Gilbert, Arizona
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
6 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$7,422/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Glendale, Arizona
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
6 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$7,422/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Mesa, Arizona
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
6 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$7,422/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Casa Grande, Arizona
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
6 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$7,339/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
a month ago
We need a Progressive Care Unit Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6816.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! ...
$6,816/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Portland, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Portland, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Portland, ME! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$6,143/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Portland, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Portland, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Portland, ME! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$4,607/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Portland, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Portland, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Portland, ME! This is a full time travel contract p ...
$4,500/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
2 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$4,181/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Glen Burnie, MD Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Glen Burnie, MD! This is a full time travel cont ...
$3,857/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Bowling Green, Kentucky
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
2 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$3,821/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Concord, California
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Concord, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Concord, CA! This is a full time travel contract pos ...
$3,664/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Danville, Kentucky
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
2 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$3,497/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Atlanta, Georgia
OneStaff Medical
2 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 ...
$3,225/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
University Medical Center
Lubbock, Texas
Oloop Health
2 hours ago
$3,150/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
University Medical Center
Lubbock, Texas
Oloop Health
2 hours ago
$3,150/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Louisville, Kentucky
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
2 hours ago
Travel or local RN needed for ASAP start. Min 2+ years recent hospital experience required. Must be able to start within 2-4 weeks. Contract is for 3x12hr shifts per week. Opportun ...
$3,111/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Brandon, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Brandon, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Brandon, FL! This is a full time travel contract pos ...
$2,835/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Miami, Florida
OneStaff Medical
2 hours ago
$2,620/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Deland, Florida
OneStaff Medical
2 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 ...
$2,019/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 (29 jobs), Multicare Tacoma General Hospital (17 jobs), and Havasu Regional Medical Center (16 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 (773), Stability Healthcare (585), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (581).

How Much Do PCU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Monday, October 18th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Progressive Care Nurse is $2,888, but can pay up to $7,422 per week.

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  • avg - $2,888
  • max - $7,422

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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OneStaff Medical
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Lincolnton, North Carolina
OneStaff Medical
12 days 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 ...
$3,451/wk
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Newton, Iowa
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25 days ago
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$1,667/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Flint, Michigan
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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 ...
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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West Columbia, South Carolina
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$3,538/wk
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Jacksonville, Florida
ADEX Healthcare Staffing LLC
11 days ago
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