Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing

The Career Path for a Nurse Who Does Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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 and facelifts, to more complicated procedures like facial reconstruction, breast replacement after a mastectomy, or deformities generated by cancer.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN (COURSES IN SURGERY AND PATIENT RECOVERY RECOMMENDED).
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX
  • WORK FOR TWO YEARS AS AN RN IN SURGICAL NURSING, WITH HALF OF YOUR PRACTICE HOURS IN PLASTIC SURGERY
  • PASS YOUR PLASTIC SURGERY NURSING CERTIFICATION BOARD EXAM AND BECOME A CPSN

$55,000 - $70,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Preparing the operating room
  • Caring for patients before and after surgery

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Private clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Operating rooms

Certification

RN, Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse (CPSN)