Ortho Trauma Nurse Career Guide

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An Orthopedic Trauma Registered Nurse (RN) specializes in providing care to patients who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries or fractures. These nurses play a critical role in the treatment and recovery of individuals with traumatic orthopedic conditions.

Essential Job Functions:

Orthopedic Trauma RNs assess and monitor patients with fractures, dislocations and other orthopedic injuries. They collaborate with physicians to develop treatment


To embark on a career as an Ortho Trauma RN, individuals typically need to earn a degree in nursing, such as an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), from an accredited institution.

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Related certifications

After completing their nursing education, aspiring Orthopedic Trauma RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as RNs. Relevant experience in a surgical or orthopedic setting can enhance their qualifications.

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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Staff and Travel Orthopedic Trauma RNs require a deep understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and injuries. They need proficiency in wound care, casting, splinting and traction application. Effective communication, critical thinking and the ability to work well under pressure are essential skills in this specialty.

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Orthopedic Trauma RNs collaborate with orthopedic surgeons, coordinate patient care and assist with surgical procedures. They assess patients' conditions, administer medications, monitor vital signs and educate patients and families about post-injury care and rehabilitation.

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Ortho Trauma Nurse

The average salary for a Ortho Trauma Nurse is $2,175.53 per week.

Last updated on September 29, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming an Ortho Trauma RN offers several benefits, including the opportunity to work closely with patients on their road to recovery. These nurses witness the transformation of patients from injury to healing, and they play a crucial role in restoring mobility and functionality. The field also provides a sense of accomplishment and the chance to develop specialized skills.

However, there are

Ortho Trauma Nurse Jobs

View job details for Kingsport, TNTravel ContractKingsport, TNTravel Nurse RN - Ortho TraumaLanceSoft$2,136/wk
Posted 9 days ago
View job details for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center McKinneyStaff PositionBaylor Scott & White Medical Center McKinneyRegistered Nurse (RN) - Ortho TraumaMckinney, TX$35-55/hr
Posted 1 day ago
View job details for Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical CenterStaff PositionMemorial Hermann - Texas Medical CenterRegistered Nurse (RN) - Ortho TraumaHouston, TX$35-60/hr
Posted 3 days ago
View job details for Trident Medical CenterStaff PositionTrident Medical CenterRegistered Nurse (RN) - Ortho TraumaCharleston, SC$30-41/hr
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