Medical Surgical Nursing Career
Medical Surgical Nurse: Medical surgical nurses are registered nurses who provide health care to patients undergoing surgical procedures. Medical Surgical Nurses also care for a patient’s physical and psychosocial health. The main duties of a Medical Surgical Nurse include:
- Educating patients on surgical procedures.
- Providing preoperative, inter-operative and post operative care to patients.
- Managing pain.
- Discharge planning.
- Working closely with other healthcare professionals.
- Maintaining a patient’s physical and psychosocial health.
Where they work: Medical surgical nurse’s can work in Hospitals, Acute Care Units, Long-term Care Facilities, Outpatient Clinics and Home Care settings.
Qualifications: Certification is granted by, The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) - accredited by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), and The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) - accredited by the American Nurses Association (ANA).
Qualifying as a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse will bring you many benefits including greater monetary rewards and enhanced Career Opportunities. Before you can apply to become a Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse you must fill the following requirements:
- Hold a current Registered Nurse (RN) license.
- Have a minimum of two years experience working as a RN.
- Have 2,000 hours (1 year full-time) experience in Medical Surgical Nursing within the last three years.
- Completed 30 hours of Medical Surgical Continuing Education within the last three years.
Certification lasts for five years, at which stage you must re-certify by passing the MSNCB or ANCC examinations, or by meeting their stated Continuing Education requirements.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: