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.
Annual Salary Range
Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN
RN, Certified Orthopedic Nurse (ONC)