PICU nurses staff the pediatric intensive care unit, caring for some of the sickest children in the hospital or those with complex cases that can't be handled on other floors. In these positions, RNs must be able to sincerely support children and their families while also dealing with chronic or serious conditions. PICU nurses monitor medication, vital signs, medical equipment, and the general condition of patients and work alongside medical teams to treat a few young patients at a time.
Short-term contracts for travel PICU nurses run on average from 3 to 13 weeks. They generally are offered in hospitals but can be part of special projects or crisis or rapid response needs.
PICU Rapid Response Jobs: What You Need to Know
Rapid response contract nurses with PICU experience may find themselves caring for patients in a newly opened PICU wing while hospital leadership works to staff up for the future. Other reasons for rapid response PICU assignments can include a new hospital opening or special projects that require the expertise of such clinical professionals.
Crisis PICU Nursing Jobs are Available
Nurses who are able to care for the sickest of children may be called upon to stand in the gap during crises. The COVID-19 pandemic, which had some healthcare facilities reaching out to travel nurses for help caring for patients, is just one example of a crisis situation that might lead to short-term contracts for PICU RNs. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, can also cause a need for crisis response nurses.
Contract PICU Nurse Benefits & Salary
As nurse specialists, PICU RNs usually make competitive salaries. But clinical professionals willing to fill high-demand, short-term contract positions may be able to make even more. As a PICU nurse working with NurseChoice, you can earn up to $4,227 per week while on assignment in a crisis response position.
Standard nurse contracts for PICU RNs also come with competitive weekly pay, and clinical professionals working through NurseChoice get access to plenty of perks and benefits. First, you could boost your income in a number of ways, including with a referral bonus when you refer other qualified nurses. Health coverage, 401(k) plans with matching and free housing (or a housing stipend) are just a few of the other benefits of working as a travel PICU nurse through NurseChoice.
Ready to become a NurseChoice Traveler?
If you're ready to put your experience to work assisting young patients in PICUs across the country, the recruiters at NurseChoice are here to help. Complete an application today to begin working with experienced recruiters who can help you become a rapid or crisis response nurse.
*Disclaimer: Wages for PICU nursing jobs are based on average rates and may be impacted by facility budgets and seasonality and may include a combination of taxable and non-taxable earnings and reimbursements.
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