ICU Travel Nursing

ICU travel nursing is a unique career path within the nursing profession. When working in the intensive care unit in a hospital or critical care unit, nurses must maintain calmness under great pressures and uncertainties. ICU travel RNs typically provide care to individuals who have undergone intense traumas or chronic, life-threatening medical conditions. In addition, patients recovering from surgical procedures may be placed in the ICU depending on their condition. If caring for people in this environment speaks strongly to you, then career opportunities in ICU travel nursing may be a perfect way to blend your skills and passion for helping others.

ICU travel RNs have responsibilities similar to those on staff: monitoring patients, administering medications and charting care, responding to emergencies, and a familiarity with caring for patients who are intubated, ventilated, or requiring specialized medical equipment. In addition to caring for critically ill patients, ICU travel RNs need to have good people skills and be strong yet empathetic when interacting with the patient’s family members and loved ones.

While ICU travel nurses may have fewer patients to care for, there is considerably more charting and required documentation. Keeping information organized and accurate is vital for communicating the patient’s status to other medical professionals and nurses monitoring their care. In this environment, nurses need to be detail-oriented and highly organized. These qualities are essential if an emergency arises.

The top 5 personal skills and attributes successful ICU travel nurses have:

  1. Ability to plan ahead
  2. Can communicate effectively
  3. Excel at critical thinking and problem solving
  4. Can effectively manage time
  5. Maintain grace under pressure

Four reasons to consider a career as an ICU Travel RN:

  1. An adventurous and varied lifestyle

    Pursuing a career as a travel nurse is ideal for a nursing professional who enjoys exploring new environments and workplaces.

  2. Having control of where and when you work

    Professional travel nurses have greater control over where they work and their scheduled shifts. 

  3. A professional staffing agency handles your assignments

    By working with a professional nursing staffing agency, you have a trusted partner in securing meaningful work and obtaining your career goals.

  4. Expand your career experiences

    Whether you’re a recent nursing graduate or a seasoned professional exploring new employment opportunities, with each new assignment, you can acquire new skills and experiences to help you achieve your career goals.

Ready to start a career in ICU travel nursing? Look to Coast Medical Service.

At Coast Medical Service, we offer high-quality per diem and travel nursing opportunities for professional nurses. We understand and appreciate the vital role nursing plays in healthcare and can match you with the proper care center or hospital where you’ll enjoy rewarding work, be well compensated, and have the flexibility you desire.

When you’re ready to take the next step, take a look at our job listings and get in touch with Coast. We’ll show you how to make the most of your career and experience!


"When I first moved to LA, I was unsure if I would be able to find steady work. A friend recommended Coast and I'm happy they did. The onboarding process was professional and efficient. Coast helped me find steady work within a week of my move at top hospitals. I know they have my best interest in mind and go the extra mile for me. Coast welcomed me to the family and made the move to CA worth it. "

-David E. Coast RN since 2017

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