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Travel PICU Nurse FAQs
How much do travel Travel PICU Nurse jobs pay?
For jobs available on Vivian as of Wednesday, February 8th 2023, the average weekly salary for a Travel Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse is $3,041, but can pay up to $7,611 per week.
- min - $1,152
- avg - $3,041
- max - $7,611
What are the best agencies for Travel PICU Nurse jobs?
The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Travel PICU Nurse jobs are Medical Solutions (78), Host Healthcare (74), and OneStaff Medical (72).
What is a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse?
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.
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.
What certifications are commonly held by Pediatric Intensive Care nurses?
Which certifications are best for Pediatric Intensive Care nurses?
How does having a Pediatric Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (CCRN-K) increase my value as a Pediatric ICU nurse job candidate?
Having a Pediatric Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (CCRN-K) validates your knowledge and skills as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse and your dedication to continuing your education in your chosen field. All of which makes you a more desirable job candidate to healthcare employers.
How does having a Pediatric Acute/Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) increase my value as a Pediatric ICU nurse job candidate?
Having a Pediatric Acute/Critical Care Nursing (CCRN) validates your knowledge and skills as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse and your dedication to continuing your education in your chosen field. All of which makes you a more desirable job candidate to healthcare employers.