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Ophthalmic Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

An Ophthalmic Nurse cares for people with eye disorders. They also perform pre-operative assessments for patients before eye surgery. Ophthalmic Nurses are essential during operations, assisting the surgical team and functioning as circulating or scrub nurses. They carefully and safely position patients for surgery, verify the surgical site, and help with the instrumentation.

Things You'll Do:

  • Assist the surgical team
  • Help patients with glaucoma, cataracts and eye trauma
  • Work directly under an ophthalmologist

Your job characteristics:

  • 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, in Ophthamlic Nursing.
  • Pass Your
    Ophthamlic Nurse certification exam administered by the National Certifying Board for Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, or another similar organization.
  • Become a
    Certified Registered Nurse in Ophthalmology (CRNO)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospital
    • Physician’s office
    • Outpatient care facility

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll be recording visual activity and ocular functions, examining the patient’s eye, checking the pupils, applying drops or ointment, as well as other assessment tasks.

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