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.

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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 hours ago
Location: PHILADELPHIA, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Intensive Care Unit - ICU to join our travel team in PHILADELPHIA, PA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requ ...
$4,529/week
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
St. Jude Medical Center
Fullerton, California
Lead Healthstaff · posted 4 hours ago
$4,309/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Providence Saint Johns Health Center
Santa Monica, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$3,888/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Providence Saint Johns Health Center
Santa Monica, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$3,858/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
Lead Healthstaff · posted 2 hours ago
$3,569/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare · posted 8 hours ago
$3,463/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Aurora, Colorado
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$3,432/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 6 hours ago
$3,391/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
West Hollywood, California
Host Healthcare · posted 7 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in West Hollywood, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced traveler ...
$3,356/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
St Bernards Medical Center
Jonesboro, Arkansas
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$2,953/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
United Regional Health Care System
Wichita Falls, Texas
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$2,276/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
The Community Medical Centers Healthcare Network
Fresno, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,852/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Adventist Health Bakersfield CA
Bakersfield, California
Accountable Healthcare Staffing · posted 8 hours ago
$1,802/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,613/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,585/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,585/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,544/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
UM Charles Regional Medical Center
La Plata, Maryland
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,518/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Columbus, Ohio
TotalMed Staffing · posted 9 hours ago
$1,456/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Columbus, Ohio
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$1,456/week
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What hospitals currently have ICU Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on NurseFly that currently have the most ICU Nurse jobs are Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center (19 jobs), Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (19 jobs), and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (16 jobs).

What are the best agencies for ICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most ICU Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (1181), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (961), and KPG Healthcare (743).

How Much Do ICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Saturday, January 23rd 2021, the average weekly pay for ICU Nurse jobs is $2,966, but can pay up to $10,041 per week. In 2021, Intensive Care Unit Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $2,077 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $1,274 per week.

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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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Posted on Nov 11, 2020
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Easley, South Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 15 days ago
Location: Easley, SC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Intensive Care Unit - ICU to join our travel team in Easley, SC! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements inc ...
$4,039/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 15 days ago
Location: TRAVELERS REST, SC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Intensive Care Unit - ICU to join our travel team in TRAVELERS REST, SC! This is a full time travel contract position. ...
$4,039/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Tarzana, California
Lead Healthstaff · posted 3 days ago
$2,828/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Providence Saint Johns Health Center
Santa Monica, California
Lead Healthstaff · posted 19 days ago
$4,309/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Stockton, California
Host Healthcare · posted 12 days ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Stockton, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$6,048/week
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NuWest Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit - COVID19
Palomar Medical Center Poway (Poway, CA 92064)
Poway, California
NuWest Travel Nursing · posted 18 days ago
$6,148/week
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Healthcare Support
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Banner Health
Phoenix, Arizona
Healthcare Support · posted 12 days ago
$6,046/week
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Watsonville Community Hospital (Watsonville, CA 95076)
Watsonville, California
Lead Healthstaff · posted 23 days ago
$7,004/week
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Cross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
UF Shands Hospital
Gainesville, Florida
Cross Country Nurses · posted 10 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 CoverageDependent Heal ...
$4,220/week
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Cross Country Nurses
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
UF Shands Hospital
Gainesville, Florida
Cross Country Nurses · posted 2 months 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 CoverageDependent Heal ...
$3,840/week
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