What is a CVICU Nurse?

CVICU travel nurse

A Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) nurse provides nursing care to patients with critical heart conditions and issues. A CVICU nurse job description will include a variety of tasks that includes everything from administering IV medications to providing emergency support to a patient in heart failure. A CVICU nurse must be calm, detail-oriented and able to make decisions quickly, as CVICU nursing is very complex and fast-paced and your patients are critically ill. 

Life of a CVICU Nurse

Because CVICU nursing is complex, many people are left wondering what does a CVICU nurse do? A CVICU nurse plays a key role in caring for a patient’s heart when it is in its most fragile state. A CVICU job description will usually include the following duties and responsibilities: 

  • Providing direct clinical patient care
  • Administering medications
  • Checking vital signs on CVICU patients
  • Operating heart monitors
  • Performing therapeutic and/or diagnostic exams
  • Operating defibrillators to restart patients' hearts
  • Completing paperwork and patient charting

CVICU nurses provide care to patients who are recovering from surgery or who have an ongoing heart issue that has not been previously treated with surgery. 

Regardless of the patient acuity, CVICU nurses are responsible for providing the highest level of patient care possible. 

Why Travel as a CVICU Nurse 

Critical Care Travel Nurse

A wide array of great reasons to try travel nursing exist for CVICU nurses!

A CVICU travel nurse salary will almost always be higher than the national average for permanent CVICU nurses. This is because travel nurses can earn up to 15 percent more than regular staff nurses, according to

CVICU travel nurses can also experience the freedom and variety that comes with taking your nursing career on the road. This includes housing that is paid for by your travel nursing company, great benefits, tax-free reimbursement, tuition assistance, continuing education credits and so much more. Sign up for CVICU travel nurse job alerts today to stay on top of all of the latest assignments.

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