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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 412 matching PICU Nurse jobs.

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New York, New York
American Mobile Healthcare
a month ago
Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Nurse – Pediatric Intensive Care - PICU - (PICU RN)StartDate: 07/12/2021Available Shifts: 11.5 N Pay Rate: $3873.36 - 4268.60This pre ...
$4,070/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareMarshall Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Marshall Healthcare Staffing
6 days 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 days ago
12 hour night shift
$3,472/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Roseville, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #575820 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
$3,288/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Roseville, California
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Roseville, CA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #575819 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
$3,288/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareCareStaff Partners
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Phoenix, Arizona
CareStaff Partners
11 hours ago
$2,691/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
Focus Staff
9 hours ago
$2,670/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareCatapult Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Presbyterian Hospital (Albuquerque, NM 87106)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Catapult Healthcare
4 hours ago
$2,606/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareLRS Healthcare - Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Saint Louis, Missouri
LRS Healthcare - Travel Nursing
12 hours ago
$2,601/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
St. Louis, Missouri
TotalMed Staffing
12 hours ago
$2,574/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareTravel Nurses, Inc.
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Travel Nurses, Inc.
8 hours ago
$2,534/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care - COVID19Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care - COVID19
Saint Louis, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
8 hours ago
$2,482/wk
Travel contract
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care - COVID19Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care - COVID19
Saint Louis, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
9 hours ago
$2,482/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
San Jose, California
Ardor Health Solutions
11 hours ago
Location: San Jose, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in San Jose, CA! This is a full time travel c ...
$2,412/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New York, New York
Host Healthcare
5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in New York, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #585648 Why choose Host Healthcare? Be ...
$2,041/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareEthos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Nashville, Tennessee
Ethos Medical Staffing
2 hours ago
$1,958/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareTotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Dallas, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
11 hours ago
$1,912/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Plano, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
11 hours ago
$1,863/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareFocus Staff
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Tallahasee, Florida
Focus Staff
12 hours ago
$1,774/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive CareKPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Tallahassee, Florida
KPG Healthcare
11 hours ago
$1,556/wk
Travel contract
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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 TotalMed Staffing (54), Stability Healthcare (53), and KPG Healthcare (53).

How Much Do PICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, June 23rd 2021, the average weekly salary for a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse is $2,143, but can pay up to $4,070 per week.

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  • avg - $2,143
  • max - $4,070

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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Posted on Feb 20, 2021
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Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
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Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
San Antonio, Texas
Host Healthcare
14 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in San Antonio, TX. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #556497 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
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