Travel PICU Nurse Jobs

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurses are registered nurses who specialize in working with children of all ages with serious medical conditions. Patients range from infants to adolescents, usually up to 18 years old, who may have a chronic illness or disease, be recovering from a complex surgery, or have suffered severe trauma. Besides patient care, pediatric ICU nurses offer emotional support and education to their patients’ parents and other family members. It takes a special kind of RN to work in the PICU, which can be rewarding and/or heartbreaking on any given day. 

Pediatric intensive care nurses are highly sought specialists on Vivian, where you’ll find PICU nursing jobs at advanced facilities in various locations nationwide.

Pediatric Intensive Care nurse salary

PICU nurses in staff positions earn an average annual salary of $83,200. This works out to about $1,600 per week and $40 hourly. Travel PICU nurses in equivalent positions can expect to earn more.

Vivian data indicated that PICU travel nurses earned an average gross pay of $1,998 weekly in 2019. These earnings include taxed pay and additional compensation like stipends for housing, meals, and incidental expenses. These compensations are untaxed for travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax-home.

We currently have 1,319 matching PICU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Pediatrics - PICU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $8582.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead ...
$8,582/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareAccountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite (Atlanta, GA 30342)
Atlanta, Georgia
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
8 days ago
$6,205/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Pediatrics - PICU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6160.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead ...
$6,160/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareLead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Fresno, California
Lead Healthstaff
14 days ago
We need a Pediatrics - PICU Travel RN to make a positive impact on patient care! $6160.00 Estimated Gross Weekly! There are Travel Nurses and then there are Travel Lead-ers! Lead ...
$6,160/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Atlanta, Georgia
Stability Healthcare
2 days ago
$6,062/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$5,449/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareSkyline Med Staff Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Columbus, Indiana
Skyline Med Staff Nursing
6 hours ago
$4,284/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
St. Louis, Missouri
TotalMed Staffing
4 hours ago
$3,495/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
St. Louis, Missouri
TotalMed Staffing
4 hours ago
$3,495/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
Focus Staff
3 hours ago
$3,485/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
St. Louis, Missouri
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
$3,410/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Los Angeles, California
Stability Healthcare
3 hours ago
$3,169/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
3 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$3,132/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Reno, Nevada
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
$2,995/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareStability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Reno, Nevada
Stability Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,868/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Reno, Nevada
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,772/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Focus Staff
5 hours ago
$2,598/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Honolulu, Hawaii
Focus Staff
6 hours ago
$2,590/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareMedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Dallas, Texas
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,556/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested
View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareCoast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Coast Medical Service
4 hours ago
2+ Years of recent and relevant experience in specialty
$2,233/wk
Travel contract
I'm interested

Looking for the highest paying PICU Nurse jobs?

Explore jobs and compare agencies with Vivian or create a profile and let the offers come to you.

Get matched with a job you'll love

PICU Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have PICU Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most PICU Nurse jobs are Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (16 jobs), Good Samaritan Hospital (15 jobs), and Parkview Regional Medical Center (11 jobs).

What are the best agencies for PICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PICU Nurse jobs are American Mobile Healthcare (153), Stability Healthcare (149), and Advantis Medical (123).

How Much Do PICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Saturday, September 18th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse is $2,782, but can pay up to $8,582 per week.

025005000750010000
  • min - $1,097
  • avg - $2,782
  • max - $8,582

What does a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse do?

Pediatric ICU nurses care for children and adolescents with a wide range of potentially life-threatening ailments or conditions. Patients are usually unstable and require constant monitoring, so PICU nurses usually only have one to three patients per shift to ensure swift intervention if necessary. They collaborate with pediatricians, other medical professionals, and family members to create and implement a comprehensive healthcare plan for patient care and recovery. Common duties include:

  • Implementing age-appropriate treatment

  • Monitoring, recording, and evaluating responses

  • Initiating corrective action whenever patients display adverse reactions

  • Starting central venous and arterial IVs

  • Administering medications, intravenous fluids, and artificial nutrition

  • Changing dressings and inserting catheters

  • Tracking respiratory and cardiac monitor readings

  • Monitoring and adjusting specialized equipment, such as ventilators

  • Assisting physicians during examinations, procedures, and treatments

  • Performing lifesaving interventions to stabilize patients

  • Providing emotional support, information, and education to family members

  • Counseling families on treatment options, end of life care, and organ donation

  • Functioning as patient advocates

Where do Pediatric Intensive Care nurses work?

Ped ICU nurses work at major hospitals with specialized departments that care for infants, children, and adolescents or pediatric intensive care units. These facilities can be community hospitals, large medical centers, teaching hospitals, and children’s hospitals.

What skills make a good Pediatric Intensive Care nurse?

Pediatric ICU nurses must be patient and use kid-friendly approaches that put patients at ease during examinations and treatments that are often painful and/or scary. Age-appropriate bedside manner skills are highly important to help achieve this goal. PICU nurses must be caring and compassionate towards patients and their families, but strong enough to manage tough situations. Coping skills are a must to avoid burnout. Balancing empathy and emotional fortitude can be a difficult skill to master. The best Ped ICU nurses are nurturing and supportive, while keeping their own emotions in check. Good PICU nurses are also team players with great critical thinking skills that allow them and the entire team to respond instantaneously should a patient deteriorate suddenly.

How to become a Pediatric Intensive Care Travel Nurse?

Becoming a travel nurse requires graduating from an accredited nursing program with an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing and passing the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse. Caring for children requires Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification and some hospitals require Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification.

Transitioning to the pediatric department provides additional training to pursue Certified Pediatric Nurse credentialing from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Knowledge and skills gained in pediatrics helps when moving to the PICU. Although not required, PICU nurses may pursue Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse credentialing from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Most travel PICU nurse positions require one to two years of recent experience, usually in a PICU setting.

Discover our PICU Nurse Community Hub

travel assignment pay breakdown

Travel Nurse Pay Breakdown

Posted on Jun 30, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if they are willing to be flexible with…

How Does Travel Nursing Work?

Posted on Jun 24, 2021
Travel nurses and other temporary healthcare workers are used to fill temporary holes in staffing while the facilities hire new workers, or to help cover another staff member’s leave. Hospitals, long term care facilities, home health systems, clinics, and many other sites hire travelers to help them fill their schedules. Travel nurses usually work for…
Nurse Earning Money

How to Make the Most Money as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Jun 20, 2021
So many factors contribute to the income of a travel nurse. Variables like specialty, location, tax-free stipend eligibility, and housing situation can all have an effect on the take-home salary of a travel nurse. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you make the most as possible!  Use Vivian! Vivian works with multiple agencies,…

U.S. Virgin Islands: Location Guide

Posted on Apr 07, 2021
The island of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.), is a haven for turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and water sports of all kinds. The weather borders on perfect with mild temps year round, and an ocean breeze that keeps you cool at night. St. Thomas is also a hot spot for travel nurses!…

Recently filled jobs

KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New Orlenas, Louisiana
KPG Healthcare
4 hours ago
$3,500/wk
Travel contract
Coast Medical Service
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Little Rock, Arkansas
Coast Medical Service
4 hours ago
$4,585/wk
Travel contract
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
a day ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$3,060/wk
Travel contract
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
a day ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,916/wk
Travel contract
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
a day ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,916/wk
Travel contract
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
a day ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,916/wk
Travel contract
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
a day ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
$2,916/wk
Travel contract
Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Baltimore, Maryland
Ardor Health Solutions
14 hours ago
Location: BALTIMORE, MD Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in BALTIMORE, MD! This is a full time travel ...
$2,020/wk
Travel contract
Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Baltimore, Maryland
Ardor Health Solutions
14 hours ago
Location: BALTIMORE, MD Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in BALTIMORE, MD! This is a full time travel ...
$2,020/wk
Travel contract
Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
St. Louis, Missouri
Advantis Medical
9 days ago
$3,341/wk
Travel contract