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Travel ICU Nurse Jobs

ICU nursing is a rewarding career choice and not just because of the opportunity to help patients who are suffering from critical illness or are in a rapidly deteriorating condition.  To successfully navigate the ICU requires exceptional attention to detail, and expert knowledge regarding advanced technology and pathophysiology of disease processes, often leading nurses to seek out additional education, training, and certification.

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't list nursing pay by every specialty, it does indicate that nurses who work in a hospital environment make more on average than those that work in doctor's offices, residential care facilities, or education. The average annual salary for RNs working in hospitals is around $75,030.

Qualified ICU nurses may be able to increase how much they make through overtime and other perks, and those who are willing to travel can often make more as a travel ICU nurse providing critical care in areas experiencing a shortage.

While ICU nursing can be incredibly physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, many nurses also find great satisfaction in caring for patients in their hours of greatest need.

ICU Nurse Salary

Critical care nurses made on average around $7,000 more per year than med-surg nurses, one of the most common nursing specialties. They also reported a higher mean income than nurses in specialties such as geriatrics, pediatrics, long-term care, rehab, public health, or ambulatory care.

In 2018 average yearly pay for RNs working in critical care environments was around $75,717. However, nurses that took steps to earn additional credentials made an average of around $92,314 working in critical care environments.

Browsing the job postings on NurseFly indicates that travel nurses able to work in this specialty can make $1,900 to $3,000+ per week on assignment.

We currently have 3,305 matching ICU Nurse jobs.

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Cross Country Healthcare
Registered Nurse (RN) - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
ICU RN, full-time, part-time, temp to perm, PM shift
Boston, Massachusetts
Cross Country Healthcare
21 hours ago
Cross Country Healthcare – Exclusive Massachusetts Resource Pool (perm float pool position) Real flexibility work full-time, part-time, temp to perm flexible weekend shift options ...
Permanent
$60-66/hour
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Cheverly, Maryland
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Cheverly, MD Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Intensive Care Unit - ICU to join our travel team in Cheverly, MD! This is a full time travel contract pos ...
Travel
$4,637/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Vacaville, California
TotalMed Staffing
a month ago
Travel
$4,581/week
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Acute Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
St Barnabas Hospital
Bronx, New York
Acute Medical Staffing
10 days ago
Travel
$4,080/week
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Cross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Fall River, Massachusetts
Cross Country Nurses
5 days ago
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
$4,075/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Cheverly, Maryland
OneStaff Medical
2 days ago
Intensive care unit (ICU) staff RNs provide care for patients with life-threatening medical conditions. These nurses work in the critical care unit of a hospital or healthcare faci ...
Travel
$4,073/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ardor Health Solutions
20 hours ago
Location: NEW ORLEANS, LA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Intensive Care Unit - ICU to join our travel team in NEW ORLEANS, LA! This is a full time travel contra ...
Travel
$2,981/week
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Aequor Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
UMMS: Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Aequor Healthcare
17 hours ago
Travel
$2,809/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Utica, New York
Host Healthcare
6 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Utica, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #539184 Why choose Host Healthcare? Becaus ...
Travel
$2,313/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Glen Burnie, Maryland
OneStaff Medical
17 hours ago
Intensive care unit (ICU) staff RNs provide care for patients with life-threatening medical conditions. These nurses work in the critical care unit of a hospital or healthcare faci ...
Travel
$2,118/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
Lincoln City, Oregon
Mynela Staffing
20 hours ago
Travel
$2,076/week
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Aequor Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
UH Portage Medical Center
Ravenna, Ohio
Aequor Healthcare
10 hours ago
Travel
$2,057/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, District Of Columbia
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
13 hours ago
Travel
$1,989/week
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Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Oregon City, Oregon
Marvel Medical Staffing Nursing
20 hours ago
State: ORStart Date: Invalid Date Shifts: Nights Guaranteed Hours:1 Length: weeks
Travel
$1,863/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Tampa, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
2 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality ICU/CCU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clien ...
Travel
$1,836/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
AdventHealth Carrollwood
Tampa, Florida
TotalMed Staffing
2 hours ago
Travel
$1,828/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Knoxville, Tennessee
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
6 hours ago
Travel
$1,814/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Auburn, New York
Host Healthcare
6 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Auburn, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #539229 Why choose Host Healthcare? Becau ...
Travel
$1,632/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Glens Falls, New York
Host Healthcare
6 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Glens Falls, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #539191 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
Travel
$1,593/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Ocala Regional Medical Center
Ocala, Florida
TotalMed Staffing
16 hours ago
Travel
$1,575/week
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ICU Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have ICU Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on NurseFly that currently have the most ICU Nurse jobs are The Hospitals of Providence East Campus (19 jobs), Riverside Community Hospital (12 jobs), and DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital (11 jobs).

What are the best agencies for ICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most ICU Nurse jobs are OneStaff Medical (492), Host Healthcare (382), and TotalMed Staffing (355).

How Much Do ICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Sunday, April 18th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Intensive Care Unit Nurse is $2,059, but can pay up to $4,637 per week.

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  • avg - $2,059
  • max - $4,637

What does an Intensive Care Unit Nurse do?

ICU nurses typically work in the various specialty  intensive care units of hospitals. They treat patients  that are admitted with a critical illness, but also care for patients that are rapidly deteriorating in other areas of the hospital. ICU RNs work with other healthcare team members to help return patients to a more stable state so that they can be treated in less critical areas of the facility and progress towards recovery.

ICU nurses may work with post-op surgical patients who need special treatments during recovery. They also work with patients who are suffering from highly acute conditions and may need special life sustaining equipment, such as respirators, continuous dialysis, and ECMO. Because of this, ICU RNs must be extremely proficient in technical nursing skills, and must be comfortable  using, monitoring, and troubleshooting medical devices and machinery. In the ICU, nurses are constantly evaluating any minor change in patient conditions in order to make real time decisions about care.

 Because ICU nurses work so closely with doctors and other medical team members, they must be able to employ excellent communication skills. Intensive care unit nurses  may work with patients that can't speak for themselves and they  have to act as advocates for their patients.  ICU nurses also help families communicate with impaired patients and help them navigate the overwhelming world of ICU care.

Where do ICU Nurses Work?

ICU mostly work inside closed units at acute care facilities. However, someone who is qualified to work as an ICU nurse has typically demonstrated the experience and knowledge needed to work in a wide variety of environments, such as emergency departments, operating rooms,. cath labs, outpatient procedural areas,  and even outpatient clinics. Critical care nurses may also be able to work  for specialty organizations, such as non-profit relief agencies, where their skills may be called upon during emergency situations or disasters.

How to Become an Intensive Care Unit Nurse?

While some organizations do hire RNs without certifications or specific experience and train them in ICU nursing, many hospitals look to hire professionals with degrees, certifications and relevant experience. A common path to working in the intensive care unit might follow the steps below.

  1. Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from an accredited school or from a program that appropriately prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN.

  2. Take and pass the NCLEX-RN and take the steps to obtain your RN license in the appropriate state (or your nurse compact license).

  3. Begin working as a nurse to obtain clinical experience, especially with critically ill patients. You may need 2-5 years worth of experience before you can become certified.

Decide what type of critical care certificate you need to continue working in the ICU. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers a number of certifications, including options for specializing in adult, pediatric or neonatal care.

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How Much Do ICU Travel Nurses Make?

Posted on Jan 16, 2021
ICU travel nurses are detail-oriented nurses that specialize in critical thinking. Their clinical skills with high acuity patients and complex technology sets them apart from some of the other nursing specialties. ICU nurses are constantly evaluating their patients and processing data related to their care. For these reasons, among others, ICU travel nurses can routinely…

Demand for ICU nurses is up 281% as hot spots surge across the country

Posted on Nov 16, 2020
    Heroes they don’t always wear capes these days they mainly wear ppe right they are the doctors and nurses on the front lines of this fight and as covet spreads they’re spread thin the demand for icu nurses is off the charts right now up nearly 300 percent from last year nationwide that’s…

Day in the Life: COVID-19 ICU Nurse

Posted on Nov 11, 2020
As the nation’s daily count of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we are again seeing a major demand for nurses and travel nurses in facilities across the country. For some of us, we have experienced this public health catastrophe in waves, while others have been working COVID crisis contracts since March. Either way, nurses have…
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What is Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nursing?

Posted on Jun 19, 2020
ICU nursing is also known as critical care nursing and can serve as a launching point for a nursing career. Many ICU nurses go on to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), flight nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and specialty nurses in high risk areas that require advanced knowledge of hemodynamics.  There are many types of ICUs…

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