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Plastic Surgery Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Plastic Surgery Nurses help patients undergoing plastic surgery or recovering from procedures. They work directly with surgeons in the operating room where procedures range from small and elective, such as dermabrasion, to more complicated procedures like facial reconstruction or breast replacement after a mastectomy.

Things You'll Do:

  • Work with surgeons
  • Prep the surgery room
  • Explain procedures to patients

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)
  • You’ll need to take classes in patient recovery and general surgery
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work for two years as a Registered Nurse in surgical nursing, with half of your practice hours in plastic surgery.
  • Pass Your
    Plastic Surgery Nursing Certification board exam
  • Become a
    A Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse (CPSN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospital
    • Operating room
    • Physician’s office

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Plastic surgery is one of the fastest-growing healthcare specialties.
    • Part of your job will be preparing patients to undergo anesthesia.

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