Also called Medical-Surgical Nurses, Surgical Nursing is the oldest nursing specialty. These nurses are valued members of a surgical team, assisting surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals throughout surgery. As a Surgical Nurse, you’ll care for patients before, during and after the procedure. Your experience will provide you with a broad range of skills, since you’ll often work with patients with acute (critical) conditions and chronic illnesses.
Things You'll Do:
- Explain procedure and answer questions for patients before surgery
- Sterilize the operating room and monitor vital signs during surgery
- Manage post-operative care after surgery
Your job characteristics:
Get YourNursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Take elective courses in medical-surgical nursing during school.
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
More about becoming an RN ›
Get experience working in critical or intensive care, and working with surgical patients before applying to take your certification exam.
Pass YourCertified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) exam through the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ (AMSN) Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)
Become aCertified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®)
Nursing Notes Live
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- Ambulatory surgical units
- Physicians’ offices
How Much You
an average salary of$42K - $56Kfind salary by state
What Else You
- As a Surgical Nurse, you can work as a scrub nurse, a circulating nurse, and an RN first assistant.