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Become An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

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Working As An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $98,190

    Average Salary

What Does An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Do At National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters

* assessing diagnosis, plus evaluating and treating patients with optimal patient care.
* Advises patients on the maintenance of good health.
* Provides nursing and medical services to individuals, families and-or groups.
* Emphasizes health promotion as well as acute and chronic disease management.
* Augments a physician's ability to provide medical services to patients; collects and documents data, conducts diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to assist physician in diagnosing medical and surgical problems and prescribing necessary treatment and services for quality patient care; records the normal and abnormal data for review by the physician.
* Orders and schedules laboratory studies and professional consultations and provides direct patient care services.
* Minimum Education Master's Degree required Graduate of a certified Nurse Practitioner program Minimum Work Experience Minimum of 2 years experience Required Licenses
* Certifications Licensure as a Physician Assistant by the National Board of Medical Examiners or the American Academy of Physician's Assistants.
* Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities 1.
* Excellent organizational skills.
* Incumbent should have the ability to manage multiple tasks in a busy environment
* Exceptional customer service skills
* Above average oral and written communication skills
* Demonstrated ability to work independently
* Ability to effectively communicate and work with physicians, residents, nurses, patients, families, staff, other health care professionals, and management
* Ability to work with and maintain confidentiality of patient, patient account, and personnel data
* The ability to work as a team player is necessary for this position
* Maintenance of credentialing and licensing
* Adherence to Allied Health bylaws and regulations
* Seeking continuously to improve the quality of care provided
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What Does An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Do At K.A. Recruiting, Inc.

* 1. Performs physical examinations and updates patient history.
* Formulates a diagnosis and treatment plan as appropriate for patient needs.
* Orders ancillary services as appropriate to meet patient needs.
* Reviews all patient lab results and follows-up on abnormal test results.
* Reviews lab results with patient.
* Requests specialty consultation as approved by the supervising physician.
* Provides patient education as appropriate.
* Provides treatments and procedures as appropriate.
* Directs the overall clinical management of the patient and works closely with members of the care team to ensure that patient is receiving appropriate services.
* Counsels patients who require close monitoring for compliance with established treatment plan.
* Coordinates patient care and diagnostic studies with other disciplines including interventions to ensure patient compliance.
* Documents patient care as outlined in the Physician Assistant Protocol.
* Identifies high risk problems and transfers care to appropriate physician.
* Collaborates and communicates with appropriate physicians on patient care issues.
* Collaborates with other members of the health care team to identify patient problems and develop plan of care to address needs of patient.
* Seeks consultation from physician on any cases that he/she may feel exceeds his/her ability to manage, when the PA is in doubt of the diagnosis, when a patient fails to respond to treatment or when the patient expresses a desire to see the physician.
* Participates in team conferences to review status of each patient as needed.
* Participates in the development of standards of care and standards of practice as identified by orthopedic department.
* Participates in data collection and outcome measurement to insure quality care is being provided.
* Acts as a resource for staff.
* Performs inpatient patient rounds in support of the surgical service to which Physician Assistant
* Surgical is assigned.
* Works collaboratively with team members to ensure appropriate and efficient flow of patients through clinic appointments.
* Completes and submits coded fee tickets for each patient encounter.
* Displays excellent customer service and clinical quality skills.
* Participates in call schedule rotation, as requested.
* Ensures compliance with all safety and quality protocol within the surgical suite.
* Instruct patient in pre-and post-operative procedure care.
* Other duties as assigned.

What Does An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Do At Geisinger Health System

* Oversees the management of the orthopedic joint replacement patient across the continuum of care, which includes developing, planning and implementing policies, clinical protocols and practice management guidelines, monitoring and evaluating care of in-hospital patients and serving as a resource for clinical practice.
* Monitors clinical process, outcomes and system issues related to the quality of orthopedic care provided.
* Serves as liaison with referring providers and scheduling services to ensure appropriate scheduling of patients.
* Supervises collection, scoring, and developing processes for performance improvement data.
* Represents the orthopedic program on hospital and community committees.
* Maximizes the involvement of the patient and family in the plan of care and treatment decisions, as appropriate.
* Assesses the clinical discharge needs of the orthopedic patient with other members of the care team upon admission, assuming planning role in the clinically complex case and initiating appropriate consults and referrals with physicians.
* Collaborates with physicians and other ancillary healthcare personnel to coordinate orthopedic care.
* Assists in updating interdisciplinary care plans based on assessment of the specific patient’s needs.
* Identifies Orthopedic Quality Indicators.
* Reports Performance Improvement Measures.
* Develops Action Plans to improve processes of care.
* Respects the dignity and confidentiality of patients; serves as patient advocate as necessary.
* Assumes responsibility for own personal continuing education and development.
* Attends meetings, workshops, and in other ways enriches clinical knowledge, growth and skill development.
* Investigates and follows up on patient concerns including access and communication.
* Orients team members to the functions of the program and care team responsibilities and recommends team modifications.
* Participates in management meetings as appropriate.
* May make assignments for staff education classes, etc.
* May participate in the interview process for team members and make recommendations for hiring. assesses and evaluates team members and makes recommendations for appropriate actions, including remedial education, performance improvement plans and/or termination.
* Performs other position appropriate duties as required in a competent, professional and courteous manner.
* Denotes essential functions

What Does An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Do At Ascension Health

* Functions as a liaison for management staff, administration, physicians, managed care companies, community organizations, and other customers.
* Coordinates efforts for treatment and promotes quality improvement and educational efforts.
* Compiles data, tracks outcomes, and makes recommendations for process improvement.
* Provides referrals/support for follow-up care for patients who are uninsured or underinsured

What Does An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Do At Doctors Hospital of Augusta

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How To Become An Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), must earn at least a master’s degree in one of the specialty roles. APRNs must also be licensed registered nurses in their state and pass a national certification exam.


Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners must earn a master’s degree from an accredited program. These programs include both classroom education and clinical experience. Courses in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology are common as well as coursework specific to the chosen APRN role.

An APRN must have a registered nursing (RN) license before pursuing education in one of the advanced practice roles, and a strong background in science is helpful.

Most APRN programs prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. However, some schools offer bridge programs for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Graduate-level programs are also available for individuals who did not obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing but in a related health science field. These programs prepare the student for the RN licensure exam in addition to the APRN curriculum

Although a master’s degree is the most common form of entry-level education, many APRNs choose to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Ph.D. The specific educational requirements and qualifications for each of the roles are available on professional organizations’ websites.

Nurse anesthetists must have 1 year of clinical experience as a prerequisite for admission to an accredited nurse anesthetist program. Candidates typically have experience working as a registered nurse in an acute care or critical care setting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states recognize all of the APRN roles. In states that recognize some or all of the roles, APRNs must have a registered nursing license, complete an accredited graduate-level program, and pass a national certification exam. Each state’s board of nursing can provide details.

The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, a document developed by a wide variety of professional nursing organizations, including the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, aims to standardize APRN requirements. The model recommends all APRNs to complete a graduate degree from an accredited program; be a licensed registered nurse; pass a national certification exam; and earn a second license specific to one of the APRN roles and to a certain group of patients.

Certification is required in the vast majority of states to use an APRN title. Certification is used to show proficiency in an APRN role and is often a requirement for state licensure.

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) offers the National Certification Examination (NCE). Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) must recertify every 2 years, which includes 40 hours of continuing education.

The American Midwifery Certification Board offers the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). Individuals with this designation must recertify every 5 years.

There are a number of certification exams for nurse practitioners because of the large number of populations NPs may work with and the number of specialty areas in which they may practice. Certifications are available from a number of professional organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Advanced practice registered nurses must be able to communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the appropriate course of action is understood.

Critical-thinking skills. APRNs must be able to assess changes in a patient’s health, quickly determine the most appropriate course of action, and decide if a consultation with another healthcare professional is needed.

Compassion. Nurses should be caring and sympathetic when treating patients who are in pain or who are experiencing emotional distress.

Detail oriented. APRNs must be responsible and detail- oriented because they provide various treatments and medications that affect the health of their patients. During an evaluation, they must pick up on even the smallest changes in a patient’s condition.

Interpersonal skills. Advanced practice registered nurses must work with patients and families as well as with other healthcare providers and staff within the organizations where they provide care. They should work as part of a team to determine and execute the best possible healthcare options for the patients they treat.

Leadership skills. Advanced practice registered nurses often work in positions of seniority. They must effectively lead and sometimes manage other nurses on staff when providing patient care.

Resourcefulness. APRNs must know where to find the answers that they need in a timely fashion.


Because the APRN designation is in itself an advancement of one’s career, many APRNs choose to remain in this role for the duration of their career. Some APRNs may take on managerial or administrative roles, while others go into academia. APRNs who earn a doctoral degree may conduct independent research or work in an interprofessional research team.

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Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Filipino


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Top Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Skills

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  2. Discharge Planning
  3. Educate Patients
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed patient complaints, coordinated surgical implant representatives, and scheduled surgical procedures, and clinical schedules.
  • Carried out hospital rounds, discharge planning, and discharge summaries.
  • Educate patients and families on hip, knee and spinal precautions.
  • Implemented safe administration of analgesics for pain management and other patient medications within compliance of The Joint Commission.
  • Monitored assigned patients post-operatively, updating information on vital signs and progress of treatment.

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