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Travel Nursing September 30, 2022

By Cassandra Damascus

Highest Paying Travel Nursing Jobs

Staff nurses fill permanent positions at healthcare facilities, while travel nurses agree to short-term assignments that typically last thirteen weeks but can sometimes vary depending on the assignment and the demand. Because of the adaptable nature that travel nurses require, they are usually paid more than staff nurses in order to fill the gaps during a staffing shortage to meet the nurse-to-patient ratio.

Highly specialized nurses have the opportunity to earn top pay because they are in high demand. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the nurse shortage in the U.S. should intensify as aging baby boomers require additional healthcare services. This will make nurse specialties in even high demand and thus more attractive.

What are the Highest-Paying Travel Nursing Jobs?

If you’re considering a nurse specialty, consider gaining experience and education in one of these top high demand and highest-paying nurse specialties. Location can also affect nurse specialty wages – read about the highest paying travel nurse locations.

Emergency Room (ER) Travel Nurse Salary

Emergency Room (ER) travel nurses have exciting travel careers. ER nurses treat patients who require critical care and work in a fast-paced environment in the emergency room. ER nurses need to be highly skilled both educationally and emotionally. ER travel nurses can earn up to $1,900 to $4,285 per week, whereas staff ER nurses make an average of $2, 069 per week.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Travel Nurse Salary

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) travel nurses care for high-risk patients who are suffering from life threatening injuries or conditions. ICU nurses typically work with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive treatment plans. ICU travel nurses can earn anywhere from $1,034 to $3,757 per week.

Telemetry (TELE) Travel Nurse Salary

Telemetry (TELE) travel nurses specialize in using technological devices to monitor patients’ vital signs and specialize in interpreting patients’ internal functioning. Since telemetry nurses are monitoring vital signs, their units are intense because they are providing critical care. Telemetry travel nurses can earn $1,967 to $4,191 per week depending on the assignment.

Labor and Delivery (L&D) Travel Nurse Salary

Labor and Delivery (L&D) nurses assist women with childbirth and post-partem and provide initial care for the infant with support from a nurse midwife or physician. L&D nurses typically work in the delivery room, the maternity room, or at a birthing center. L&D travel nurses can earn from $2,342 to $6,231 per week with American Mobile.

Pediatric (PEDI) Travel Nurse Salary

Pediatric (PEDI) travel nurses love children and work with this most vulnerable demographic day in and day out. Pediatric nurses must be excellent communicators with both children and their families, who are under immense pressure. Pediatric travel nurses earn anywhere from $2,074 to $3,437 per week.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Travel Nurse Salary

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses bring light and love to their infant patients and their families. They are dedicated to giving the best medical care to their precious patients. NICU nurses care for premature newborns or newborns experiencing a critical illness. NICU travel nurses can earn $2,174 to $3,765 per week.

Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) Travel Nurse Salary

Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) nurses specialize in the care of cardiac patients. They literally are the “heart” of nurse specialties. CVOR nurses work in operating rooms and specialize in open-heart surgeries, assisting in patient sedation, administering medications, monitoring vital signs, and applying dressings. ( CVOR travel nurses can earn $2,635 to $4,770 per week.

Operating Room (OR) Travel Nurse Salary

Operating Room (OR) nurses work with patients who are being prepared for surgery, assist the physician during surgery, and care for the patient post-surgery. They are part of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. OR nurses can earn $1,557 to $3,392 per week with American Mobile.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Travel Nurse Salary

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nursing Unit (PICU) is a pediatric specialty that cares for children with life-threatening illnesses or disease. PICU nurses provide the highest level of medical care for children and closely monitor vital signs. PICU nurses can earn $2,690 to $4,903 per week.

Benefits of Travel Nursing Jobs

While high demand specialties come with high wages, travel nurses are compensated in other ways, as well. At American Mobile, travel nurses are offered premium health insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, and disability insurance for them and their families. New experiences and skills are acquired as a travel nurse that they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to because the flexibility of the position opens travel nurses up to various medical settings, from hospitals to clinics. Additionally, American Mobile provides housing or a housing stipend for travel nurses and assists with relocation.

Are you interested in venturing into a nurse specialty with American Mobile? Complete a quick-start application to get started or browse open specialty jobs.

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