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Travel Neuro ICU Nurse Jobs

Neuro ICU nurses, also called neurocritical care nurses, are registered nurses who specialize in treating patients with life-threatening neurological problems. Patients are closely monitored, receive around the clock care, and may suffer from stroke, post-operative brain tumor, traumatic brain injuries, or various neurological illnesses, such as encephalitis, meningitis, or Parkinson’s disease. To ensure undivided attention to the most critical patients, some facilities limit the number of patients a neuro ICU nurse cares for each shift.

Neuro ICU nurse salary

The average salary for a staff intensive care unit nurse with neuroscience skills is $71,000. This works out to about $1,365 per week or $34.13 per hour when working a 40-hour work week.

Travel neuro ICU nurses can expect to earn an average gross weekly salary of $1,658, per 2019 NurseFly salary data. Weekly salaries include a taxed wage and untaxed stipends for housing, meals, and other incidentals for travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax-home. 

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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ardor Health Solutions
a month ago
Location: ALBUQUERQUE, NM Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Medical Surgical Neurology - M/S Neuro to join our travel team in ALBUQUERQUE, NM! This is a full time ...
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$4,223/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
El Paso, Texas
Ardor Health Solutions
4 days ago
Location: El Paso, TX Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neuro Intensive Care - Neuro ICU to join our travel team in El Paso, TX! This is a full time travel contrac ...
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$3,105/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ardor Health Solutions
4 days ago
Location: New Orleans, LA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neuro Intensive Care - Neuro ICU to join our travel team in New Orleans, LA! This is a full time travel ...
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$2,732/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Albuquerque, New Mexico
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
5 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
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$2,664/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
El Paso, Texas
Ethos Medical Staffing
20 hours ago
Travel
$2,601/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
El Paso, Texas
Destination Travelcare
4 days ago
Travel
$2,534/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
El Paso, Texas
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
Travel
$2,448/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
New Orleans, Louisiana
Destination Travelcare
4 days ago
Travel
$2,304/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
New Orleans, Louisiana
Advantis Medical
4 days ago
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$2,304/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Charlottesville, Virginia
Ethos Medical Staffing
20 hours ago
Travel
$2,271/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Charlottesville, Virginia
Ardor Health Solutions
2 hours ago
Location: Charlottesville, VA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neuro Intensive Care - Neuro ICU to join our travel team in Charlottesville, VA! This is a full tim ...
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$2,260/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Washington, District of Columbia
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
3 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
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$2,232/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
New Orleans, Louisiana
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
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$2,232/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Charlottesville, Virginia
Destination Travelcare
a day ago
Travel
$2,097/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Aurora, Colorado
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
Travel
$1,944/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Richmond, Virginia
Ethos Medical Staffing
20 hours ago
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$1,849/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Largo, Florida
Ethos Medical Staffing
20 hours ago
Travel
$1,791/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
El Paso, Texas
KPG Healthcare
4 days ago
Travel
$1,782/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
New Orleans, Louisiana
KPG Healthcare
4 days ago
Travel
$1,620/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Albuquerque, New Mexico
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
3 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
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$1,584/week
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How Much Do Neuro ICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Monday, April 12th 2021, the average weekly pay for Neuro ICU Nurse jobs is $2,048, but can pay up to $4,223 per week. In 2021, Neuro ICU Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,876 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 $1,291 per week.

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  • max - $4,223

What does a Neuro ICU nurse do?

Some neuro ICU duties are similar to those of other critical care nursing positions, but there are also tasks specific to caring for patients with serious neurological issues. Adverse vital sign changes aren’t always evident when neuro patients, so neuro ICU nurses rely on specific neuro assessments for conscious and unconscious patients. These assessments are performed frequently, often hourly, or more frequently depending on the patient’s needs.

Neuro ICU nurses may also perform delicate bedside procedures or assist physicians with procedures, such as inserting central lines, drains in the skull to relieve pressure, and pulmonary artery catheters. Other duties specific to neuro ICU nursing include:

  • Monitoring for neurological decline and intervening immediately

  • Ensuring life support equipment like ventilators are functioning properly

  • Measuring intracerebral pressure

  • Managing extraventricular drains

  • Administering medication and IVs

  • Assisting in emergency procedures in response to changes in patients’ conditions

  • Explaining complex medical conditions to patients and their loved ones

  • Assisting in end of life care

  • Facilitating brain death testing

  • Overseeing organ donation and procurement

Where do Neuro ICU nurses work?

Neuro ICU nurses generally work at hospitals large enough to have a neuro intensive care unit, which often are large academic hospitals. They work with patients with all types of neurological issues, including brain tumors, hemorrhages, strokes, epilepsy, head or spinal trauma, and central nervous system infections. Neuro nurses may also work in a combination trauma/neuro ICU for patients with traumatic brain injuries.

What skills make a good Neuro ICU nurse?

Neuro intensive care nurses have advanced critical care training, knowledge, and skills. They’re skilled at learning new concepts quickly and are continually seeking advanced education in basic neuroanatomy, neuro assessment, neurophysiology, and emergency neuro resuscitation. They also possess specialized knowledge of neurological tools, such as electroencephalography, and specific body mechanics, such as intracranial pressure. Neuro ICU nurses have superior verbal and nonverbal communication skills to communicate with patients who may have lost the ability to speak. They have excellent teamwork skills to work with a diverse set of healthcare professionals staffing the neuro ICU. Good neuro ICU nurses also possess healthy doses of compassion, empathy, and patience.

How to become a Neuro ICU Travel Nurse

Neuro ICU travel nurses must be registered nurses, which requires education from an accredited nursing program. While the minimum requirement is an associate degree, some facilities prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates must also pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete all licensing requirements to become an RN. Neuro ICU nurses must also complete Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certifications.

Some facilities also require professional certification. RNs obtain credentialing by passing the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse exam offered by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses after completing two years of full-time direct or indirect neuroscience nursing experience. Most travel neuro ICU jobs require one to two years of recent experience in an acute care neuro ICU setting.

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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

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…

Can I be a Travel Nurse as a New Grad?

Posted on Oct 16, 2020
It’s a very good question to ask: can you be a travel nurse as a new grad. At the end of the day, probably not. Unfortunately, new graduate nurses don’t make the best travel nurses due to lack of experience. It can be an uncomfortable experience for both the traveler and the facility staff. Most facilities…

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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Castro Valley, California
Gifted Healthcare
3 months ago
GIFTED Healthcare has travel, local and PRN/Per Diem options nationwide, and is constantly seeking experienced RN's. We do require 1 year of experince in the specialty you are appl ...
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$6,510/week
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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Castro Valley, California
Gifted Healthcare
3 months ago
GIFTED Healthcare has travel, local and PRN/Per Diem options nationwide, and is constantly seeking experienced RN's. We do require 1 year of experince in the specialty you are appl ...
Travel
$6,510/week
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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Castro Valley, California
Gifted Healthcare
3 months ago
GIFTED Healthcare has travel, local and PRN/Per Diem options nationwide, and is constantly seeking experienced RN's. We do require 1 year of experince in the specialty you are appl ...
Travel
$6,510/week
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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Castro Valley, California
Gifted Healthcare
3 months ago
GIFTED Healthcare has travel, local and PRN/Per Diem options nationwide, and is constantly seeking experienced RN's. We do require 1 year of experince in the specialty you are appl ...
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$6,510/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Phoenix, Arizona
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 months ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Neuro ICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
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$5,400/week
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Washington, District Of Columbia
TaleMed
4 months ago
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$4,236/week
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Washington, District Of Columbia
TaleMed
4 months ago
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$4,236/week
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Washington, District Of Columbia
TaleMed
4 months ago
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$4,236/week
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TaleMed
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Boston, Massachusetts
TaleMed
4 months ago
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$3,876/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Neuro ICU
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
Advantis Medical
4 months ago
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$4,854/week
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