Are you looking to become a surgical nurse? Here is what a surgical nursing career path looks like.
A surgical nurse (also called a medical-surgical nurse) is a nurse who specializes in perioperative care, meaning care provided to surgical patients before, during, and after surgery. In pre-operative care, a surgical nurse helps to prepare a patient for surgery, both physically and emotionally. During surgery, a surgical nurse assists the surgeon, passing instruments, keeping an eye on the patient’s vital signs and performing other tasks associated with the surgery. Post-operative care is also a critical part of the work of a surgical nurse. Nurses can work in acute recovery, keeping an eye on patients who are at serious risk of complications, and on more standard recovery floors in the hospital. They are usually responsible for changing dressings, monitoring vital signs, looking for signs of complications and administering medications.
$37,000 - $61,000
Annual Salary Range
Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN
RN, Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse, or Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)