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Travel Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Jobs

Neonatal intensive care nurses are registered nurses who specialize in caring for newborn infants with serious health issues, including premature birth, infections, birth defects, heart anomalies, and other problems. NICU nurses monitor and care for premature or sick babies for weeks or even months, until they’re healthy enough to go home. They also support scared parents throughout the traumatic experience of birthing and caring for a premature or critically ill newborn.

Dedicated NICU nurses care for the most vulnerable patients and have a huge impact on the lives of the neonates and their parents, making it a highly rewarding career choice. Due to their efforts and advanced medical technology, neonate survival rates are 10 times higher than they were 15 years ago, putting experienced NICU nurses in high demand.

Neonatal Intensive Care nurse salary

According to PayScale, staff NICU registered nurses earn $65,992 annually. This amount breaks down to about $1,269 weekly and $31.73 hourly in a 40-hour work week. 

NurseFly data indicated that NICU travel nurses earned an average weekly gross salary of $2,030 in 2019, which included additional compensations for housing, meals, and other incidentals. These stipends are tax free, but only available to  nurses who can claim a permanent tax home.

We currently have 135 matching Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse jobs.

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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
Germantown, Maryland
Trinity Health FirstChoice
18 days ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
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$3,285/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
St Lukes Hospital Nampa Medical Center
Nampa, Idaho
TotalMed Staffing
5 days ago
Travel
$3,000/week
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NuWest Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center - Laguna Hills (Laguna Hills, CA 92653)
Laguna Hills, California
NuWest Travel Nursing
5 days ago
Travel
$2,912/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Maine Medical Center
Portland, Maine
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$2,691/week
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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Saint Joseph Health System
Mishawaka, Indiana
Trinity Health FirstChoice
11 days ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
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$2,567/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Portland, Maine
Stability Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$2,556/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care - COVID19
Cheverly, Maryland
Stability Healthcare
a day ago
Travel
$2,393/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Portland, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Portland, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Portland, ME! This is a full time travel co ...
Travel
$2,136/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Tacoma, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
a day ago
Location: Tacoma, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Tacoma, WA! This is a full time travel contra ...
Travel
$2,111/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Worcester, Massachusetts
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - NICU position in Worcester, MA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #532627 Why choose Host Healthcare? B ...
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$2,109/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Worcester, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
a day ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality NICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
Travel
$2,088/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Worcester, Massachusetts
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
Travel
$2,053/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Tacoma, Washington
Host Healthcare
a day ago
Registered Nurse - NICU position in Tacoma, WA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #522262 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
Travel
$1,927/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
St. Joseph Medical Center
Tacoma, Washington
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,897/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Everett, Washington
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: Everett, WA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Everett, WA! This is a full time travel cont ...
Travel
$1,884/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Everett, Washington
KPG Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$1,775/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Everett, Washington
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
2 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality NICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare cli ...
Travel
$1,728/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Providence Regional Medical Center
Everett, Washington
TotalMed Staffing
2 days ago
Travel
$1,648/week
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Professional Nursing Service
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Brandon, Florida
Professional Nursing Service
a day ago
Travel
$1,610/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Prince Georges Hospital Center
Cheverly, Maryland
TotalMed Staffing
a day ago
Travel
$1,591/week
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What are the best agencies for Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse jobs are Host Healthcare (27), TotalMed Staffing (22), and Stability Healthcare (18).

How Much Do Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Sunday, April 11th 2021, the average weekly pay for Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse jobs is $1,930, but can pay up to $3,285 per week. In 2021, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,885 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 $1,114 per week.

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What does a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse do?

NICU nurses provide complex, hands-on care to critically ill newborns to ensure they’re breathing, their critical functions are preserved,  and are developing properly. They’re directly responsible for monitoring their vitals, administering food and medications, and providing all aspects of care and comfort. NICU nurses utilize the latest technology for babies that require intravenous feeding or ventilators to assist with breathing. They also work closely with parents, providing comfort and educating them about their baby’s condition and how to care for them when they’re finally discharged.

Where do Neonatal Intensive Care nurses work?

NICU nurses work in children’s hospitals, medical centers and public and private hospitals that have an NICU. Within the NICU, they typically work in LEVEL III nurseries with newborns who require medical and technological interventions not available in Level I or Level II nurseries, such as prolonged continuous ventilation. They may also work in Level IV nurseries with infants needing LEVEL III care, plus surgical repair of serious congenital or acquired anomalies. Some NICU nurses work for home health agencies, providing follow-up care for high-risk babies at their homes, or for medical transportation and evacuation services.

What skills make a good Neonatal Intensive Care nurse?

NICU nursing requires a specialized set of skills to work effectively in this emotional, often stressful environment, and to catch and combat any complications that might arise suddenly. NICU nurses must possess good intuition and a keen sense of attention to detail to catch the subtlest behavioral changes in these tiny patients who can’t verbally communicate what’s wrong. The ability to detect the smallest fluctuations in body temperature, respiration rates, cardiac rhythm, or stimuli response is critical to serve as early indicators of good or bad changes in a baby’s condition. NICU nurses must continually stay alert and mentally agile throughout every shift to ensure good outcomes. Other key skills include strong communication skills, compassion and empathy to soothe parents during highly emotional situations, and meticulous documentation to record an infant’s progress and recovery.

How to become a Neonatal Intensive Care Travel Nurse?

To become a travel NICU nurse, applicants must earn at least an Associate Degree in Nursing, but many employers prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete all state licensing requirements to become an RN. Certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support are customary. While specialty certification or specialized education aren’t required, they’re often recommended and always good for career advancement. Suggested pursuits include:

  • S.T.A.B.L.E. Program for specific education on post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization of infants

Many NICU travel job posts also require a minimum number of years of clinical experience in a hospital setting. Some even require this experience be in pediatrics or even a pediatric intensive care setting.

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travel assignment pay breakdown

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 - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
GIFTED Healthcare
Morristown, New Jersey
Gifted Healthcare
19 days 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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$3,713/week
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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
GIFTED Healthcare
Morristown, New Jersey
Gifted Healthcare
19 days 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
$3,713/week
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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
GIFTED Healthcare
Morristown, New Jersey
Gifted Healthcare
a month 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
$3,713/week
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Gifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
GIFTED Healthcare
Morristown, New Jersey
Gifted Healthcare
a month 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
$3,713/week
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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Saint Mary's Health
Waterbury, Connecticut
Trinity Health FirstChoice
4 months ago
Benefits: Generous Tax Free Allowances Shift Differentials 403b Retirement Plan Direct Deposit Part of Trinity Health (92 hospitals nationwide) Easily move from one as ...
Travel
$3,780/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
5 months ago
Location: Danville, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Danville, PA! This is a full time travel co ...
Travel
$3,726/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
5 months ago
Location: Danville, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Danville, PA! This is a full time travel co ...
Travel
$3,726/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
5 months ago
Location: Danville, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Danville, PA! This is a full time travel co ...
Travel
$3,726/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
5 months ago
Location: Danville, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - NICU to join our travel team in Danville, PA! This is a full time travel co ...
Travel
$3,726/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Host Healthcare
5 months ago
Registered Nurse - NICU position in Danville, PA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and exper ...
Travel
$3,402/week
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