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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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  • Practice two full years as an RN AND work a minimum of 1,000 hours as an RN in orthopaedic nursing practice
  • Pass Your
    Orthopaedic Nurse Certification exam
  • Become a
    Certified Orthopaedic Nurse (ONC)
  • If you find that Orthopaedic Nursing is your passion, you might consider becoming an Advance Practice Orthopaedic Nurse. In which you case you will have to...
  • Get Your
    Graduate Degree (Master's, Post-Graduate or Doctorate) from an advanced practice (APRN) nursing program with preparation as a Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Work a minimum of 1,500 hours of advanced practice nursing work if you are working under the ONC® credential or, if not, a minimum of 2500 hours of work experience as an NP in orthopaedic nursing practice.
  • Pass Your
    ONP-C exam
  • Become a
    Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner

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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