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Travel Surgical ICU Nurse Jobs

Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) nurses are registered nurses who specialize in caring for critically ill patients who either require surgery or are recovering from surgery. The SICU is a fast-paced, high acuity critical care environment that can provide a very rewarding experience for nurses who are passionate about helping critically ill patients. Due to a shortage of qualified critical care nurses, surgical ICU nurses are always in high demand.

SICU - Surgical Intensive Care Salary

SICU nurses on staff earn an average of $71,039 annually. This salary breaks down to about $1,366 weekly and $34.15 hourly in a 40-hour workweek. Travel SICU nurses typically earn more in equivalent positions.

Per 2019 NurseFly salary data, travel SICU nurses earned an average gross salary of $1,750 per week. Travel nursing pay packages include taxed wages and may also include untaxed stipends for housing, meals, and other incidentals for travel nurses who can claim a permanent tax-home.

We currently have 42 matching Surgical ICU Nurse jobs.

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Trinity Health FirstChoice
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois
Trinity Health FirstChoice
4 days ago
Every Other Weekend
Travel
$2,808/week
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SSM Health
Registered Nurse (RN) - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Waupun Memorial Hospital
Waupun, Wisconsin
SSM Health
2 days ago
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIESUses standards of medical-surgical nursing practice to increase the quality of care and quality of life for the patient, family, and significant other(s) by ...
Permanent
$24-38/hour
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Boston, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
6 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality SICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
Travel
$3,024/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Boston, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
6 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality SICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
Travel
$2,916/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Boston, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
11 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality SICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
Travel
$2,880/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Riverside Community Hospital
Riverside, California
Mynela Staffing
a month ago
Travel
$2,706/week
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Riverside Community Hospital
Riverside, California
Lead Healthstaff
3 days ago
Travel
$2,532/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
San Antonio, Texas
Ardor Health Solutions
2 days ago
Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Surgical ICU - SICU to join our travel team in SAN ANTONIO, TX! This is a full time travel contract pos ...
Travel
$2,484/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
San Antonio, Texas
KPG Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$2,340/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
San Antonio, Texas
Destination Travelcare
2 days ago
Travel
$2,304/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
San Antonio, Texas
Advantis Medical
2 days ago
Travel
$2,304/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Kansas City, Missouri
Destination Travelcare
2 days ago
Travel
$2,304/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Boston, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing
3 days ago
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality SICU Registered Nurse for a travel assignment with one of our top healthcare clients. ...
Travel
$2,232/week
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Jackson Nurse Professionals
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
San Antonio, Texas
Jackson Nurse Professionals
2 days ago
Jackson is seeking a Registered Nurse with experience caring for critically ill and trauma patients who have undergone complex surgical procedures for a 13 week contract at a state ...
Travel
$2,170/week
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Destination Travelcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Lubbock, Texas
Destination Travelcare
3 days ago
Travel
$2,111/week
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Sharp HealthCare of San Diego
San Diego, California
Lead Healthstaff
3 days ago
Travel
$2,110/week
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Mynela Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
University Medical Center
Lubbock, Texas
Mynela Staffing
3 days ago
Travel
$1,857/week
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Riverside Community Hospital
Riverside, California
Lead Healthstaff
3 days ago
Travel
$1,798/week
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Jackson Nurse Professionals
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Burlington, Massachusetts
Jackson Nurse Professionals
2 days ago
Jackson is seeking a Registered Nurse with experience caring for critically ill and trauma patients who have undergone complex surgical procedures for a 13 week contract at a state ...
Travel
$1,640/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
San Antonio, Texas
KPG Healthcare
2 days ago
Travel
$1,620/week
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Surgical ICU Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Surgical ICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Monday, April 19th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Surgical ICU Nurse is $2,111, but can pay up to $3,024 per week.

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  • min - $1,381
  • avg - $2,111
  • max - $3,024

Where do Surgical Intensive Care nurses work?

Surgical ICU nurses primarily work in hospitals with surgical departments, which can include teaching hospitals. They may also work at surgical centers, especially if the facility has an ICU.

What skills make a good Surgical Intensive Care nurse?

Good SICU nurses possess advanced critical care skills and technical ICU nursing skills to perform or assist with key procedures. They also have thorough knowledge of the contraindications and side effects of many types of medications. Critical thinking skills are paramount to anticipate needed interventions and quickly respond to and fix acute problems. This requires superior assessment and verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and the ability to remain calm under pressure. SICU environments heavily rely on teamwork, so good SICU nurses are very team-oriented with a strong willingness to collaborate within an interdisciplinary team. Time management and organization are other vital skills, as well as compassion and empathy carefully combined with self-care.

How to become a Surgical Intensive Care Travel Nurse

Becoming a surgical intensive care travel nurse requires education, examination, and licensing to become a registered nurse. The minimum educational requirement is an associate degree, but some facilities prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from an accredited nursing program. Graduates pass the NCLEX-RN exam and complete all licensing requirements to become a registered nurse.

All RNs complete Basic Life Support certification and SICU nurses also complete Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. Although not required, SICU nurses may pursue Critical Care Registered Nurse certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses to heighten their career advancement. Most travel SICU nursing positions require one to two years of recent critical care nursing experience and may require this experience to be in an acute care SICU setting.

What does a Surgical Intensive Care nurse do?

Surgical ICU nurses are specially trained to care for critically ill surgical patients, which may include preoperative, postoperative, and post-trauma injury management. They provide intensive care for unstable patients, which may include those who are in shock, on mechanical ventilation, an organ transplant recipient, or recovering from major surgeries with high potential for complications. Surgical ICU nurses continuously monitor patients and their vital signs to identify any signs of complications and immediately respond to negative changes in their conditions. Other tasks SICU nurses might perform include:

  • Examining, cleaning, and dressing surgical wounds

  • Ensuring infection control measures are followed

  • Checking and managing multiple drains, tubes, and lines

  • Assisting physicians with surgical and medically necessary procedures

  • Performing EKG, hemodynamic, and Spo2 monitoring

  • Providing life-saving interventions and resuscitation

  • Administration and documentation of all prescribed and prn medications

  • Updating plans of care according to patients’ conditions and progress

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Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
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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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