Ophthalmology Nurse Career Guide

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Ophthalmology Registered Nurses (RNs) are specialized healthcare professionals who play a crucial role in eye care. If you have a passion for eye health and want to make a positive impact on patients' vision, becoming an Ophthalmology RN might be the perfect career path for you. Ophthalmology RNs work within ophthalmology clinics, hospitals and surgical centers. They provide comprehensive


To become an Ophthalmology RN, you need to complete an accredited nursing program and earn a nursing degree, typically either an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). These programs usually take 2 to 4 years to complete.

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Related certifications

After completing a nursing program, aspiring Ophthalmology RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) to obtain their nursing license. While experience in a general nursing role is helpful, specific experience in ophthalmology is often not a prerequisite.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Ophthalmology RNs require a combination of clinical skills and interpersonal abilities. Proficiency in performing eye assessments, assisting with surgical procedures, administering eye medications, interpreting diagnostic tests and maintaining patient records is essential. Effective communication skills and empathy are also vital to provide patient education and emotional support.

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Ophthalmology RNs are responsible for conducting eye assessments, assisting ophthalmologists during surgeries, administering eye drops and medications, educating patients about eye health and postoperative care, providing wound care and assisting in the management of eye conditions and diseases.

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Ophthalmology Nurse

The average salary for a Ophthalmology Nurse is $2,291.00 per week.

Last updated on September 26, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming an Ophthalmology RN offers several advantages. You get to specialize in a field that directly impacts patients' vision and quality of life. The job satisfaction of witnessing patients' improved vision after successful treatment or surgery can be incredibly rewarding. Additionally, this specialization can lead to career advancement opportunities in ophthalmology nursing.

However, the role also comes with challenges. Working with

Ophthalmology Nurse Jobs

View job details for Fresno, CATravel ContractFresno, CATravel Nurse RN - OphthalmologyIDR Healthcare$2,412/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for Springfield, VALocal ContractSpringfield, VALocal Contract Nurse RN - OphthalmologyLegacy Personnel, Inc$140-150/hr
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View job details for Gaithersburg, MDLocal ContractGaithersburg, MDLocal Contract Nurse RN - OphthalmologyLegacy Personnel, Inc$125-130/hr
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View job details for Surgical Care Affiliates, LLCStaff PositionSurgical Care Affiliates, LLCRegistered Nurse (RN) - OphthalmologyDallas, TX
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