Travel PICU Nurse Jobs

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. 

Pediatric intensive care nurses are highly sought specialists on NurseFly, where you’ll find PICU nursing jobs at advanced facilities in various locations nationwide.

Pediatric Intensive Care nurse salary

PICU nurses in staff positions earn an average annual salary of $83,200. This works out to about $1,600 per week and $40 hourly. Travel PICU nurses in equivalent positions can expect to earn more.

NurseFly data indicated that PICU travel nurses earned an average gross pay of $1,998 weekly in 2019. These earnings include taxed pay and additional compensation like stipends for housing, meals, and incidental expenses. These compensations are untaxed for travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax-home.

We currently have 65 matching PICU Nurse jobs.

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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
posted 17 hours ago
Location: Danville, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in Danville, PA! This is a full time travel contract position. R ...
$3,726/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Shreveport, Louisiana
Ardor Health Solutions
posted 2 days ago
Location: Shreveport, LA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in Shreveport, LA! This is a full time travel contract position ...
$3,478/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Host Healthcare
posted 18 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Danville, PA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers loo ...
$3,402/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
posted 19 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. Requirements: ...
$3,276/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Shreveport, Louisiana
KPG Healthcare
posted 9 days ago
$3,276/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Stability Healthcare
posted 18 hours ago
$3,267/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Shreveport, Louisiana
Host Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Shreveport, LA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers l ...
$3,175/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New York, New York
Host Healthcare
posted 3 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in New York, NY.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers loo ...
$2,721/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Albuquerque, New Mexico
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
posted 2 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. Requirements: ...
$2,448/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, Pennsylvania
TotalMed Staffing
posted 17 hours ago
$2,253/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New Haven, Connecticut
Host Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in New Haven, CT.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lo ...
$2,245/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Houston, Texas
Destination Travelcare
posted 2 days ago
$2,236/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Los Angeles, California
KPG Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
$2,200/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Lo, California
KPG Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
$2,200/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
El Paso, Texas
Destination Travelcare
posted 2 days ago
$2,111/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Aurora, Colorado
Host Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Aurora, CO.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers looki ...
$1,950/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
AdventHealth Orlando
Orlando, Florida
TotalMed Staffing
posted 2 days ago
$1,883/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Orlando, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
posted 2 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. Requirements: ...
$1,836/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Orlando, Florida
Host Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Orlando, FL.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$1,825/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Spokane, Washington
Host Healthcare
posted 3 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Spokane, WA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$1,689/week
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What are the best agencies for PICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most PICU Nurse jobs are American Mobile Healthcare (14), KPG Healthcare (12), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (11).

How Much Do PICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Friday, February 26th 2021, the average weekly pay for PICU Nurse jobs is $2,196, but can pay up to $3,726 per week. In 2021, Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $2,018 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 $1,271 per week.

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  • min - $1,283
  • avg - $2,196
  • max - $3,726

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.

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Posted on Nov 25, 2020
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Posted on Nov 11, 2020
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Posted on Oct 16, 2020
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Posted on Oct 12, 2020
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Boynton Beach, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
posted 20 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PICU Registered Nurse (RN) for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. Requirements: ...
$2,340/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Houston, Texas
Host Healthcare
posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Houston, TX.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$2,041/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Gastonia, North Carolina
Host Healthcare
posted a month ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Gastonia, NC.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers loo ...
$3,628/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
New York, New York
Host Healthcare
posted 2 months ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in New York, NY.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers loo ...
$3,969/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Harlingen, Texas
Host Healthcare
posted 2 months ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Harlingen, TX.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lo ...
$3,628/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
posted 2 months ago
$3,683/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
posted 2 months ago
$3,683/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
posted 3 months ago
$3,683/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare
posted 3 months ago
$3,683/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions
posted 3 months ago
Location: Danville, PA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in Danville, PA! This is a full time travel contract position. R ...
$3,726/week
Estimated pay package