Orthopedic Nursing

How to Become an Orthopedic Nurse

Orthopedic nurses take care of people with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders like arthritis, fractures, broken bones, joint replacements, genetic malformations and osteoporosis. They evaluate how these types of problems will interfere with patients’ daily lives, and assist in providing the proper treatment to help patients overcome or live with their conditions. This can include teaching patients new ways to conduct personal tasks, helping them redesign their personal space for better functionality, and providing them with information about resources, such as support groups or assistance programs. When musculoskeletal problems require surgery, orthopedic nurses assist doctors with the operation and help them later with recovering their mobility and strength.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK AS AN RN FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS
  • PASS YOUR ORTHOPEDIC NURSE CERTIFICATION EXAM AND BECOME AN ONC

$60,000-$80,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Providing treatment plans to help patients
  • Assisting orthopedic doctors with operations
  • Helping patients recover mobility and strength

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • General hospital
  • Specialty clinic
  • Private practice
  • Nursing home facility

Certification

RN, Certified Orthopedic Nurse (ONC)