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Medical-Surgical Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Originally viewed as an entry level position where nurses could gain experience before entering into a specialty, Medical-Surgical Nursing requires mastering so many skills, it is now considered a specialty in and of itself. Medical-Surgical nurses provide direct care to adult patients in a variety of settings and is the largest group of nurses, accounting for almost 1/6 of the nursing profession.

Things You'll Do:

  • Manage care for a large number of patients
  • Provide care for patients often with multiple diagnoses, across multiple medical specialties
  • Understand complex differences in medications

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma (RN), Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Take elective courses in medical-surgical nursing during school.
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get two-years experience working as an RN and/or 2,000 hours of practice in the previous three years in a medical-surgical setting before applying to take your certification exam.
  • Pass Your
    Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) exam through the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ (AMSN) Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)
  • Become a
    Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Inpatient care units
    • Clinics
    • Surgical Centers
    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory Care Units

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $57K - $62K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Medical-Surgical Nursing is the largest specialty in the nursing profession, providing direct care to adult patients.

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