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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 718 matching PICU Nurse jobs.

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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New York, New York
TotalMed Staffing
22 days ago
$4,208/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Nashville, Tennessee
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
10 days 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 ...
$3,744/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
El Paso, Texas
Medfirst Staffing
16 days ago
13-week PICU contract, possible extension; Weekdays, some weekends, holidays Certs required: BCLS, PALS Experience required: 2+ years Travel experience: First time travelers accept ...
$3,500/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Marshall Healthcare Staffing
6 hours ago
12 hour swing shift
$3,472/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Marshall Healthcare Staffing
6 hours ago
12 hour night shift
$3,472/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$3,016/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
El Paso, Texas
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$2,925/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
El Paso, Texas
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$2,925/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Urbana, Illinois
trustaff
8 hours ago
PICU Registered Nurse for a 13-week travel contract. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse (PICU RN) is responsible for providing the highest level of medical care to critically ...
$2,920/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$2,691/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Edison, New Jersey
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
7 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 ...
$2,664/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Indianapolis, Indiana
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$2,574/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Indianapolis, Indiana
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$2,574/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas
Nurse First
3 hours ago
$2,481/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas
Nurse First
5 hours ago
$2,481/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Charleston, South Carolina
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$2,246/wk
Travel contract
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas
Nurse First
5 hours ago
$2,224/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
San Antonio, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
7 hours ago
$2,089/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Knoxville, Tennessee
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$1,872/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Richmond, Virginia
Destination Travelcare
9 hours ago
$1,755/wk
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What are the best agencies for PICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most PICU Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (86), trustaff (84), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (79).

How Much Do PICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Saturday, July 24th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse is $2,306, but can pay up to $4,208 per week.

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  • avg - $2,306
  • max - $4,208

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.

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