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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 1,326 matching Progressive Care Nurse jobs.

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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
New York, New York
Host Healthcare
6 days ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in New York, NY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #505193 Why choose Host Healthcare? Bec ...
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$3,969/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit - COVID19
Port Huron, Michigan
Stability Healthcare
4 days ago
Travel
$3,704/week
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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - Surgical ICU Stepdown
Holy Cross Health
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Trinity Health FirstChoice
a month 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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$3,410/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Lexington, Kentucky
Host Healthcare
a month ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Lexington, KY. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #518711 Why choose Host Healthcare? Be ...
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$3,402/week
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Sharp Nursing Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Bismarck, North Dakota
Sharp Nursing Medical Staffing
a month ago
2 year(s) of experience required; 15 beds in unit ms
Travel
$3,400/week
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LeaderStat
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Cincinnati, Ohio
LeaderStat
4 hours ago
Travel
$2,734/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Host Healthcare
4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Philadelphia, PA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #525923 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
Travel
$2,233/week
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Stability Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Rutland, Vermont
Stability Healthcare
4 hours ago
Travel
$2,106/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Alabaster, Alabama
Host Healthcare
4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Alabaster, AL. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #530445 Why choose Host Healthcare? Be ...
Travel
$2,087/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Lubbock, Texas
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 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 cli ...
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$1,944/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Lubbock, Texas
Host Healthcare
4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Lubbock, TX. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #533543 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
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$1,927/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Henrico, Virginia
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 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 cli ...
Travel
$1,908/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Newnan, Georgia
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
4 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 cli ...
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$1,908/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Lubbock, Texas
OneStaff Medical
4 hours ago
Step Down Nurses monitor cardiac and other critical vital signs and detect any changes, thereby enabling intervention of life-threatening or emergency situations. They can work be ...
Travel
$1,867/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Henrico Doctors Hospital
Richmond, Virginia
TotalMed Staffing
4 hours ago
Travel
$1,862/week
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TotalMed Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
University Medical Center
Lubbock, Texas
TotalMed Staffing
4 hours ago
Travel
$1,799/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
St. Petersburg, Florida
Host Healthcare
4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in St. Petersburg, FL. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #533516 Why choose Host Healthcare ...
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$1,542/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Clermont, Florida
Host Healthcare
4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Clermont, FL. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #533533 Why choose Host Healthcare? Bec ...
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$1,542/week
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Accountable Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
St. Vincent Medical Center
Sherwood, Arkansas
Accountable Healthcare Staffing
4 hours ago
Travel
$1,498/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Clermont, Florida
OneStaff Medical
4 hours ago
A Progressive Care Nurse will care for patients requiring close monitoring and frequent assessment, but who aren't unstable enough to need ICU care. PCU nurses monitor cardiac and ...
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$1,314/week
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What are the best agencies for Progressive Care Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Progressive Care Nurse jobs are Host Healthcare (240), OneStaff Medical (200), and TotalMed Staffing (159).

How Much Do Progressive Care Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Monday, April 12th 2021, the average weekly pay for Progressive Care Nurse jobs is $1,957, but can pay up to $3,969 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 $1,109 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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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Kansas City, Missouri
Host Healthcare
10 days ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Kansas City, MO. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #519187 Why choose Host Healthcare? ...
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$2,268/week
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orlando, Florida
Host Healthcare
5 days ago
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$2,262/week
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Kansas City, Missouri
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Tallahassee, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
5 days 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 cli ...
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$1,728/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Orlando, Florida
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
5 days 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 cli ...
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$2,232/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Kansas City, Missouri
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
7 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality PCU/Step-down Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
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$2,232/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Kansas City, Missouri
Advantis Medical
5 days ago
Travel
$2,304/week
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