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 133 matching Surgical ICU Nurse jobs.

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Contemporary Healthcare Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD 21287)
Baltimore, Maryland
Contemporary Healthcare Solutions · posted 3 days ago
$5,040/week
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Junxion Med Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Wausau, Wisconsin
Junxion Med Staffing · posted a day ago
$4,252/week
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Junxion Med Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Wausau, Wisconsin
Junxion Med Staffing · posted a day ago
$4,252/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Portland, Oregon
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$3,510/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Lincoln, Nebraska
Host Healthcare · posted 21 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Lincoln, NE.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers looki ...
$3,447/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Lincoln, Nebraska
Host Healthcare · posted a day ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Lincoln, NE.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers looki ...
$3,447/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Boston, Massachusetts
Ardor Health Solutions · posted a day ago
Location: BOSTON, MA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Surgical ICU - SICU to join our travel team in BOSTON, MA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements include, ...
$3,378/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care - COVID19
Houston, Texas
KPG Healthcare · posted a day ago
$3,311/week
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Advantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Houston, Texas
Advantis Medical · posted a day ago
$3,260/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Peoria, Illinois
Host Healthcare · posted 21 hours ago
Registered Nurse position in Peoria, IL.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced travelers looking for ...
$3,178/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Atlantis, Florida
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 3 days ago
Location: Atlantis, FL Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Surgical ICU - SICU to join our travel team in Atlantis, FL! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements inclu ...
$3,060/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Boston, Massachusetts
MedPro Healthcare Staffing · posted a day 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. Requirements: Act ...
$3,024/week
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Junxion Med Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
United Regional Health Care System
Wichita Falls, Texas
Junxion Med Staffing · posted a day ago
$2,884/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Wichita Falls, Texas
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$2,691/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Wichita Falls, Texas
MedPro Healthcare Staffing · posted 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. Requirements: Act ...
$2,556/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Brooklyn, New York
Host Healthcare · posted 7 hours ago
$2,041/week
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Care Partners Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
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Richmond, Virginia
Care Partners Staffing · posted 2 days ago
Requirements include 2 years of in hospital experience as ICU RN, ACLS, BLS.
$1,845/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Peoria, Illinois
MedPro Healthcare Staffing · posted 2 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. Requirements: Act ...
$1,764/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Woodsville, New Hampshire
Host Healthcare · posted 2 days ago
Registered Nurse - ICU;Medical-Surgical position in Woodsville, NH.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experie ...
$1,723/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
York, Pennsylvania
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$1,708/week
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What are the best agencies for Surgical ICU Nurse jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Surgical ICU Nurse jobs are KPG Healthcare (39), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (32), and Ardor Health Solutions (31).

How Much Do Surgical ICU Nurse Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Friday, January 15th 2021, the average weekly pay for Surgical ICU Nurse jobs is $2,608, but can pay up to $5,040 per week. In 2021, Surgical ICU Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $2,041 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 $1,001 per week.

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  • min - $1,368
  • avg - $2,608
  • max - $5,040

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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Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
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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…

Burlington, Vermont: Travel Nurse Guide

Posted on Oct 12, 2020
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Lake Worth, Florida
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
$2,925/week
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Atlantis, Florida
KPG Healthcare · posted 3 days ago
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
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Cleveland, Tennessee
MedPro Healthcare Staffing · posted a day 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. Requirements: Act ...
$1,440/week
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Ardor Health Solutions
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Asheville, North Carolina
Ardor Health Solutions · posted 4 days ago
Location: Asheville, NC Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Surgical ICU - SICU to join our travel team in Asheville, NC! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirements inc ...
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Ardor Health Solutions · posted 11 days ago
Location: Santa Barbara, CA Setting: Hospital Employment Type: Traveler Surgical ICU - SICU to join our travel team in Santa Barbara, CA! This is a full time travel contract position. Requirem ...
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
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Santa Barbara, California
Lead Healthstaff · posted 11 days ago
$3,859/week
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KPG Healthcare
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Asheville, North Carolina
KPG Healthcare · posted 10 days ago
$2,574/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Asheville, North Carolina
KPG Healthcare · posted 10 days ago
$2,574/week
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Santa Barbara, California
MedPro Healthcare Staffing · posted 10 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. Requirements: Act ...
$3,492/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - SICU - Surgical Intensive Care
Gillette, Wyoming
Host Healthcare · posted a month ago
Registered Nurse - ICU;Medical-Surgical position in Gillette, WY.Why Choose Host Healthcare?Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienc ...
$4,989/week
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