Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become A Registered Nurse Med/Surg

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Registered Nurse Med/Surg

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

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $63,640

    Average Salary

What Does A Registered Nurse Med/Surg Do

A Registered Nurse Med/Surg manages and recognizes changes in patients' conditions. Another responsibility is to resolve patient problems and needs through utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies.

How To Become A Registered Nurse Med/Surg

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

Show More

Show Less

Registered Nurse Med/Surg jobs

Add To My Jobs

Registered Nurse Med/Surg Career Paths

Registered Nurse Med/Surg
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Home Health Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse In The ICU Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
House Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse In The ICU Registered Nurse Nurse
Nurse Educator
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Assistant Nurse Manager
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Utilization Review Nurse
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Instructor Personal Trainer
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Show More

Registered Nurse Med/Surg Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    86.2%
  • Male

    12.1%
  • Unknown

    1.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.7%
  • Asian

    7.2%
  • Unknown

    2.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
Show More

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    53.8%
  • French

    10.8%
  • German

    5.4%
  • Mandarin

    4.3%
  • Italian

    4.3%
  • Chinese

    3.2%
  • Portuguese

    2.2%
  • Persian

    2.2%
  • Hindi

    2.2%
  • Korean

    2.2%
  • Russian

    1.1%
  • Nepali

    1.1%
  • Norwegian

    1.1%
  • Igbo

    1.1%
  • Yoruba

    1.1%
  • Japanese

    1.1%
  • Telugu

    1.1%
  • Urdu

    1.1%
  • Carrier

    1.1%
Show More

Registered Nurse Med/Surg

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Registered Nurse Med/Surg Education

Registered Nurse Med/Surg

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Top Skills for A Registered Nurse Med/Surg

StaffRNWoundCareTelemetryAdministerMedicationsChargeNurseFloorNurseHealthCarePatientCarePlansVitalSignsEmergencyOncologyICUDischargePlanningPhysicianOrdersPatientTeachingLPNPatientConditionEducatePatientsMed-SurgUnitIV

Show More

Top Registered Nurse Med/Surg Skills

  1. Staff RN
  2. Wound Care
  3. Telemetry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Position, Staff RN, CCU [ ] Care of critically ill cardiac patients.
  • Performed simple and complex wound care, including treatment involving wound vacs.
  • Rotated among various clinical specialties including telemetry, medical-surgical, orthopedics, emergency room, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and psychiatry.
  • Administer medications using computer scanning system.
  • Care for 4-6 acute patients on a 23-bed unit as a charge nurse working with a staff !

Top Registered Nurse Med/Surg Employers

Registered Nurse Med/Surg Videos

What's a Medical Surgical Nurse?

The Nurse's Note | Meet Hannah, RN | Med-Surg Nursing

Nurse (Medical/Surgical unit), Career Video from drkit.org

×