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 110 matching PICU Nurse jobs.

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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions · posted a day 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 ...
$3,672/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Host Healthcare · posted 2 days 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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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Stability Healthcare · posted 2 days ago
$3,287/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
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: ...
$3,276/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Dallas, Texas
Host Healthcare · posted 20 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Dallas, TX.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers looki ...
$2,835/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Dallas, Texas
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: ...
$2,772/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Medical City Dallas
Dallas, Texas
TotalMed Staffing · posted 10 hours ago
$2,757/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Madison, Wisconsin
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 19 hours ago
Location: Madison, WI Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - PICU to join our travel team in Madison, WI! This is a full time travel contract position. Req ...
$2,693/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
TotalMed Staffing · posted 10 hours ago
$2,602/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Fontana, California
Host Healthcare · posted 20 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Fontana, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$2,494/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Los Angeles, California
Host Healthcare · posted 20 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Los Angeles, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers ...
$2,494/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Fontana, California
Host Healthcare · posted 20 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Fontana, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$2,494/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, Pennsylvania
TotalMed Staffing · posted 10 hours ago
$2,269/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Anchorage, Alaska
Accountable Healthcare Staffing · posted a day ago
$2,080/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Childrens Hospital of Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Accountable Healthcare Staffing · posted a day ago
$1,931/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Anchorage, Alaska
Host Healthcare · posted 16 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PICU position in Anchorage, AK.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lo ...
$1,814/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Childrens Hospital
Los Angeles, California
Accountable Healthcare Staffing · posted a day ago
$1,716/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Mercy Medical Center
Des Moines, Iowa
Accountable Healthcare Staffing · posted a day ago
$1,638/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem
New York, New York
TotalMed Staffing · posted 10 hours ago
$1,603/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Childrens Medical Center
Dallas, Texas
Accountable Healthcare Staffing · posted a day ago
$1,381/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 Stability Healthcare (25), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (24), and KPG Healthcare (24).

How Much Do PICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Saturday, January 23rd 2021, the average weekly pay for PICU Nurse jobs is $2,150, but can pay up to $3,672 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 $1,245 per week.

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  • min - $1,381
  • avg - $2,150
  • max - $3,672

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 Oct 16, 2020
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Gastonia, North Carolina
Host Healthcare · posted 9 days 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 15 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 ...
$3,969/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Harlingen, Texas
Host Healthcare · posted 18 days 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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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Harlingen, Texas
Host Healthcare · posted 17 days 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 a month ago
$3,683/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare · posted a month ago
$3,683/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare · posted a month ago
$3,683/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Springfield, Missouri
Stability Healthcare · posted a month ago
$3,683/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
St. Louis, Missouri
Host Healthcare · posted a month ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in St. Louis, MO.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers loo ...
$3,568/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care
Danville, Pennsylvania
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 2 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
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