A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse earns an average wage of $30.45 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Pediatrics, NICU, NRP, and BSN.

$40,854 - $96,567
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MEDIAN: $60,321
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$22.96 - $44.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,854 - $96,567  
   
Bonus
$397.32 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$47,440 - $95,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.96 - $44.53  
   
Overtime
$12.14 - $72.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$397.32 - $9,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,440 - $95,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,684
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Job Description for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse

A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) registered nurse specializes in the care of newborn babies that are premature or have an illness/other issues that require intensive care. They are part of the team of providers caring for the infant and must work with doctors, certified nurses assistants, and other nurses within the NICU. These nurses are trained to work with three classes of neonatal care; class III is the most severe and usually comprises the newborns in the neonatal intensive care units. An NICU registered nurse often also provides care to the families of their newborn patient. This care can be informal or formal in nature, and it usually is in the form of emotional support and providing information on the care the newborn is receiving. Newborns need around-the-clock care, so NICU registered nurses may work a variety of shifts, both day and night, that may vary from eight to 16 hours long. NICU registered nurses may work in public and private hospitals.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Tasks

  • Meet the standards of Practice for a Level II and Level III NICU and managing all assigned personnel, supplies and equipment.
  • Participate in development and implementation of policies and procedures for the NICU that guide and support the provision of services.
  • Perform neonatal assessment of Level II/III NICU patients and Newborn Nursery patients.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for assigned patients in the NICU and Newborn Nursery.
  • Performs nursing care of Level II/III NICU patients and Newborn Nursery patients.

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National Average: $63,406

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Experience Affects Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 18%

NICU
up arrow 17%

NRP
up arrow 15%

BSN
up arrow 11%

Transport
up arrow 6%

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
up arrow 2%

Labor & Delivery, Birthing
up arrow 2%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
0%

Nursery
0%

National Average
$63,000

Critical Care
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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