High-Paying Travel Nursing Jobs for specialists | 2022
Electronic Intensive Care Unit (eICU) Nursing Specialty & Jobs
When a patient is admitted to an intensive care unit, they require around-the-clock care and treatment. However, with the ongoing nursing shortage in the United States, it can be hard for hospitals to meet this demand. For this reason, in recent years there has been an emerging nursing specialty known as electronic intensive care units, which are also referred to as eICUs or tele-ICUs.
Nurses who work in eICU are staffed at telemedicine facilities that use alarms, microphones, video cameras, and other remote monitoring tools to help keep an eye on patients who are in their sickest conditions all over the United States. eICU travel nurses assist in taking care of critical care patients. An electronic ICU can be likened to an air traffic control center, in which the patients are blips on the radar and eICU nurses are the controllers that ensure everything is going smoothly.
When any patient is in critical condition, the second set of eyes is certainly helpful. These remote locations are connected to machines that are hooked to patients to monitor vital signs, and there is a camera in the room that faces the patient’s bed. With that camera, a nurse can visualize even the pupils and the armbands of a patient.
Nurses who work in eICUs are experienced critical care nurses who are highly skilled at reading monitoring data such as telemetry and pay close attention to detail. When a monitor or an alarm goes off or data changes, the remote eICU travel nurse can flip on the camera to see if the patient is ok or doing something that jeopardizes safety, such as trying to get out of bed alone. The nurse can then call the hospital and have one of the local nurses go in and check on the patient. Effectively, a nurse who is working dozens or even hundreds of miles away can help keep patients safe.
Job Skills / Requirements for eICU Travel Nurses:
- Valid BLS and ACLS from the American Heart Association
- A valid professional license within the state of practice
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) credentials are recommended and may be required for specific travel nurse positions
- Other specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific travel nurse positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Critical care experience in a hospital setting
eICU Travel Nurse Salary and Job Outlook
As hospitals and healthcare facilities continue to look for new and innovative ways to keep patients safe while providing quality care during the ongoing nursing shortage, electronic ICUs are becoming increasingly popular, thus creating a demand for nurses in this field. eICU travel nurse pay is quite competitive and is typically higher than the average RN salary. The exact amount of pay depends on several factors such as the type of facility, location, skills, and experience of the nurse.
Elite Specialty Staffing also offers referral bonuses and other incentives that can further increase pay. eICU travel nurses who work with Elite Specialty Staffing can choose to take free, private, luxurious housing, or a generous housing subsidy. When you work as an eICU travel nurse with Elite Specialty Staffing, you will gain all the lucrative travel nursing benefits we offer. Apply today!