Orthopedic Surgery Nurse Career Guide

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Overview

Orthopedic Surgery RNs are specialized nurses who work alongside orthopedic surgeons and healthcare teams to provide care for patients undergoing orthopedic surgical procedures. These surgical nurses play a crucial role in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases, ensuring patients receive safe and effective care throughout their orthopedic journey. Orthopedic Surgery RNs are responsible for patient education, preparation for surgery,

Education

To become an Orthopedic Surgery RN, aspiring nurses must first complete a nursing program and obtain a nursing license. The most common educational paths are earning an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). ADN programs typically take two to three years to complete, while BSN programs require four years

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Related certifications

To work as an Orthopedic Surgery RN, nurses may be required to have prior experience in an orthopedic or surgical setting. While not always mandatory, having relevant experience can enhance a candidate's competitiveness in this specialty. Some healthcare facilities may also require or prefer additional certifications, such as the Orthopedic Nursing Certification (ONC) through the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification

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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Skills

Staff and Travel Orthopedic Surgery RNs need a diverse set of skills to excel in their role. They must have a comprehensive understanding of orthopedic conditions, surgical procedures and the use of specialized equipment in orthopedic surgery. Technical skills, such as wound care, sterile techniques and intraoperative assistance, are crucial for providing quality patient care during surgery. Effective

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Responsibilities

Orthopedic Surgery RNs have various responsibilities in their specialized role. They prepare patients for surgery, ensuring they have received proper pre-operative instructions and are mentally and physically ready for the procedure. During surgery, Orthopedic Surgery RNs assist the surgical team, maintain a sterile environment and anticipate the surgeon's needs. Post-operatively, these nurses monitor patients' recovery, administer medications and provide wound

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Orthopedic Surgery Nurse
$1,829-2,464/week

The average salary for a Orthopedic Surgery Nurse is $2,107.94 per week.

Last updated on June 14, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Pros of becoming an Orthopedic Surgery RN include the opportunity to work in a specialized and dynamic surgical environment, the chance to make a positive impact on patients' lives by assisting in their orthopedic journey and the potential for career growth in the orthopedic nursing field. This profession offers diverse experiences and the satisfaction of being an integral part of

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Travel Nurse RN - Orthopedic Surgery

  • Zanesville, OH
  • KPG Healthcare
  • 2x12 hrs, Days

$2,418/week

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Travel Nurse RN - Orthopedic Surgery

  • Springfield, IL
  • LanceSoft
  • 3x12 hrs, Nights

$2,404/week

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Travel Nurse RN - Orthopedic Surgery

  • Springfield, IL
  • Planet Healthcare
  • 3x12 hrs, Nights
  • Referral Bonus

$2,274/week

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Travel Nurse RN - Orthopedic Surgery

  • Springfield, IL
  • Supplemental Health Care

$2,080/week

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