Travel Progressive Care Nurse Jobs

Progressive care units bridge the gap between intensive care units and medical-surgical/telemetry units with progressive care nurses caring for critical patients on the road to recovery or those who are at higher risk of their condition worsening. PCU nursing provides an intermediate or transitional level of hospital care for patients who require more monitoring and assessment than those on the med-surg floor, but who are stable enough that they don't need placement in the ICU.

Progressive care is one of the fastest-growing nursing specialties, and the job outlook for PCU nurses is exceptionally positive. According to the National Telemetry Association, there's a shortage of progressive care nurses because the field is so specialized and progressive care units are relatively new.

Progressive care unit nurse salary

According to PayScale, progressive care unit nurses in permanent positions earn an average of $78,487 annually. This works out to about $1,509 weekly and $37.72 per hour in a 40-hour workweek. 

Travel PCU nurses, on the other hand, earn an average weekly salary of $1,632 per NurseFly data. Many travel nurses also receive meal stipends, and housing stipends, increasing the total compensation for each assignment. For travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax home, meal and housing stipends are tax-free, which is why travel nurses can often expect to earn more than equivalent staff positions.

We currently have 2,044 matching Progressive Care Nurse jobs.

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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
SCL Health Saint Vincent
Billings, Montana
Mynela Staffing · posted 17 hours ago
$4,648/week
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LRS Healthcare - Travel Nursing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit - COVID19
Augusta, Georgia
LRS Healthcare - Travel Nursing · posted 34 minutes ago
$4,560/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Warren, Michigan
Host Healthcare · posted 15 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Warren, MI.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lookin ...
$4,490/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ardor Health Solutions · posted an hour ago
Location: ALBUQUERQUE, NM Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in ALBUQUERQUE, NM! This is a full time travel contract position. Requ ...
$4,162/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fort Myers, Florida
Host Healthcare · posted an hour ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Fort Myers, FL.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lo ...
$3,175/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Fort Myers, Florida
Host Healthcare · posted an hour ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Fort Myers, FL.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lo ...
$3,175/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Clinton, Maryland
Host Healthcare · posted 18 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Clinton, MD.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers looki ...
$3,175/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Oxnard, California
Host Healthcare · posted 7 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Oxnard, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lookin ...
$3,061/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Burlington, Iowa
KPG Healthcare · posted 34 minutes ago
$3,042/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Burlington, Iowa
Host Healthcare · posted an hour ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Burlington, IA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers lo ...
$2,948/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit - COVID19
Gulfport, Mississippi
Host Healthcare · posted 12 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Gulfport, MS.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$2,835/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit - COVID19
Gulfport, Mississippi
Host Healthcare · posted 12 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Gulfport, MS.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$2,835/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Palm Springs, California
Host Healthcare · posted a day ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Palm Springs, CA.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers ...
$2,642/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Stability Healthcare · posted 36 minutes ago
$2,455/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Host Healthcare · posted 13 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Tarpon Springs, FL.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced traveler ...
$2,262/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Host Healthcare · posted 13 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Tarpon Springs, FL.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced traveler ...
$2,262/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Tarpon Springs, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing · posted 13 hours ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Step Down Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. Requirements: ...
$2,232/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
San Antonio, Texas
Host Healthcare · posted an hour ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in San Antonio, TX.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers l ...
$2,165/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Portland, Maine
Ardor Health Solutions · posted an hour ago
Location: Portland, ME Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Progressive Care Unit - PCU to join our travel team in Portland, ME! This is a full time travel contract position. Requiremen ...
$2,105/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Covington, Louisiana
KPG Healthcare · posted 34 minutes ago
$1,989/week
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Progressive Care Nurse FAQs

What hospitals currently have Progressive Care Nurse job opportunities?

The hospitals on NurseFly that currently have the most Progressive Care Nurse jobs are Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (14 jobs), LewisGale Medical Center (13 jobs), and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (12 jobs).

What are the best agencies for Progressive Care Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Progressive Care Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (433), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (378), and TotalMed Staffing (332).

How Much Do Progressive Care Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Monday, January 25th 2021, the average weekly pay for Progressive Care Nurse jobs is $2,649, but can pay up to $6,814 per week. In 2021, Progressive Care Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,790 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 $1,207 per week.

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What do progressive care unit nurses do?

PCU nurses spend much of their time gathering and monitoring patient data. This is accomplished through various devices and technology that continuously record patients' critical vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation. PCU nurses assess the data from these machines to detect changes in patient status and quickly intervene to initiate life-saving interventions if needed. Other duties might include:

  • Frequent assessment to detect changes in patient status

  • Updating and maintaining patients' medical records

  • Administering medications and providing safe, competent direct care

  • Educating patients and family members on procedures

Where do PCU nurses work?

Progressive care nurses typically work in a hospital setting, providing continuous monitoring and care to patients in sensitive or declining condition. They work in a hospital's progressive care unit, which may also be referred to as step-down, ICU step-down, direct observation, intermediate care, or transitional care.

What skills make a good PCU nurse?

PCU nurses must be able to quickly analyze data and react to potentially life-threatening situations with confidence. Successful PCU nurses must have solid assessment skills and a healthy blend of technical and communication skills. PCU nurses are responsible for detecting changes in patient condition that may signal the patient needs a higher level of care. Their frequent assessments can identify minute changes in patients’ conditions. 

Some essential technical skills include vital sign measurement, EKG and echocardiogram monitoring, drug dose titration, and wound dressing. They must also have knowledge of charting and proficiency in electronic hospital management systems. Exceptional interpersonal skills, including collaboration, communication, and empathy, are among the top qualities of a good PCU nurse.

How to become a PCU travel nurse

Being a registered nurse is a prerequisite to becoming a progressive care unit nurse. RN requirements include earning a two-year associate degree or four-year Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program. Graduates must pass the NCLEX exam and fulfill state licensing requirements.

To transition to PCU nursing, RNs must may obtain Progressive Care Certified Nurse certification, which requires working with acutely ill patients for 1,750 hours over two years or 2,000 hours over five years. They may also earn certification in telemetry, such as through the National Telemetry Association, after passing the Telemetry Certification in Cardiac Arrhythmia Interpretation exam.

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Posted on Nov 11, 2020
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Posted on Oct 16, 2020
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Host Healthcare · posted 4 days ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Santa Fe, NM.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers look ...
$3,855/week
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