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Orthopaedic Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

An Orthopaedic Nurse takes care of people with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders like arthritis, fractures, broken bones, joint replacements, genetic malformations and osteoporosis. When musculoskeletal problems require surgery, Orthopaedic Nurses assist doctors with the operation and help them later with recovering their mobility and strength. Education is also an important aspect of an Orthopaedic Nurse's job, as they teach patients and families about musculoskeletal disease prevention, symptoms, and treatments.

Things You'll Do:

  • Provide treatment plans to help patients
  • Assists Orthopaedic doctors with operations
  • Help patients recover mobility and strength

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work as a Registered Nurse for two years.
  • Pass Your
    Orthopaedic Nurse Certification exam
  • Become a
    Certified Orthopaedic Nurse (ONC)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospital
    • Emergency room
    • Outpatient care facility

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • With a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), you could become a Nurse Practitioner working in Orthopaedic Nursing as patients’ primary care provider, or you could become a head Orthopaedic Nurse.
    • You’ll work in a variety of settings, from outpatient to home care to emergency or surgical settings.

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