Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing

Learn More about Becoming a Plastic Surgery Nurse

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 BSN (courses in surgery and patient recovery recommended)
  • Pass the 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

Annual Salary Range
$52,500 – 92,500

Typical Tasks

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

Employment Settings

  • Private clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Operating rooms


RN, Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse (CPSN)

Education Requirements


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