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Become A Surgical Nurse

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Working As A Surgical Nurse

  • 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

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Surgical Nurse Do At Gifted Healthcare

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* Surg RN provides bedside care for a variety of patients He or she develops individualized patient assessments and an individualized plan of care accordingly Prepares, administers, and records prescribed medications Records patient's medical information and vital signs Monitors, interprets, and records electronic displays Initiates alternative action when adverse symptomology is displayed Medical Surgical nurses often change dressings, insert catheters, start IVs Prepares equipment and assists physician during examination and treatment of patient Exhibits understanding and utilization of universal precautions, asepsis and infection control procedures Records all care information accurately and completely Provides support to patient and family members Performs other position related duties as assigned BENEFITS OF BEING GIFTED! Refer a nurse for this position and earn up to $1500 referral bonus when he/she completes a minimum of 8-week assignment.
* Refer a nurse for a PRN position, and earn $250 once he/she completes three shifts.
* Flexible scheduling Premium pay Same Day or Weekly Pay Ability to work in premier facilities Access to Chief Nursing Officer 24
* Access to Social Worker 24
* Group Health insurance benefits: Medical Plan Dental Plan Vision Plan Short and Long Term Disability AD&D Insurance

What Does A Surgical Nurse Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Assesses plans and evaluates patient care needs.
* Carries out physician orders.
* Administers prescribed medications, changes dressings, cleans wounds, monitors vital signs.
* Serves as the primary coordinator of all disciplines for well coordinated patient care.
* Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate utilizing computerized documentation systems.
* Instructs and educates patients and families.
* Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.
* Provides age and culturally appropriate care.
* Orients and mentors new staff members

What Does A Surgical Nurse Do At HCA

* The RN
* Registered Nurse
* Surgical
* Ortho is responsible for decisions and actions within the domain of nursing practice.
* Important aspects of this responsibility are: promotion of a safe and therapeutic environment for both the recipients and providers of nursing care acquisition of specialized knowledge skills and additional formal education to provide specialized care demonstration and validation of competence in nursing practice clinical practice consistent with the policies, procedures and standards of this facility supervision of other staff as designated within the

What Does A Surgical Nurse Do At Ascension Health

* Implements and monitors patient care plans.
* Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
* Serves as a primary coordinator of all disciplines for well-coordinated patient care.
* Notes and carries out physician and nursing orders.
* Assesses and coordinates patient's discharge planning needs with members of the healthcare team.
* Assess patients’ actual and potential health problems/needs based upon clinical analysis, identify gaps in care, recommend interventions and assist in discharge functions with collaborating team.
* Follows safety standards.
* Participates in measures to ensure quality improvement within the organization.
* Adheres to the standards of practice and performance as defined in ANA’s “Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice

What Does A Surgical Nurse Do At Ka Recruiting, Inc.

* Performs surgical team functions under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.
* Prepares and maintains supplies, instruments, equipment and rooms for surgical procedures.
* Specific Duties and Responsibilities: Performs specified functions to meet the requirements of each approved procedure.
* Assembles supplies and equipment for scheduled procedures according to physicians preference cards.
* Inspects equipment for proper working condition.
* Follows principles of aseptic technique and prescribed operating/procedure room procedures.
* Adheres to aseptic technique when opening sterile packages and preparing for the procedure.
* Arranges instruments according to given procedure.
* Confirms that instruments work properly.
* Maintains availability of instruments and supplies to avoid delays.
* Reports observed or suspected breaks in sterile technique and takes action according to policy.
* Correctly uses, cares for, cleans, and sterilizes instruments, supplies, and equipment as directed.
* Handles equipment and instruments correctly to provide appropriate availability and safety.
* Assists in maintaining adequate supplies in the operating room for immediate access during procedure.
* Assists in storing and stocking supplies as directed.
* Maintains and updates instrument cards and surgeons preference cards.
* Responds in a timely manner to meet the needs of the patient and physician.
* Documents patient care records and other forms according to facility policies and procedures.
* Accurately advises others responsible for care of the patient about the patients status.
* Recognizes safety hazards and initiates appropriate corrective and/or preventive measures.
* Maintains confidentiality of patient and organization related information.
* Supports the Surgery Center environment by acknowledging the presence and dignity of all with whom he/she communicates.
* Interacts with diverse populations who may be under considerable situational stress.
* Participates in and supports the Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
* Participates in task forces and committees as assigned.
* Demonstrates willingness to learn and accept changes.
* Adheres to standard universal precautions

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How To Become A Surgical Nurse

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.


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.


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.

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Surgical Nurse Career Paths

Surgical Nurse
Case Manager Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Educator Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Emergency Room Nurse Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Emergency Room Nurse Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Clinical Pharmacist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse School Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Surgical Nurse Demographics


  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Czech

  • Japanese

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Marathi

  • Ukrainian

  • Arabic

  • Gujarati

  • Slovak

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Thai

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Top Surgical Nurse Skills

  1. IV
  2. Charge Nurse
  3. Wound Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administer individualized professional care to patients within the surgical center.
  • Charge nurse and preceptor role as needed.
  • Performed wound care, blood draw, and administered home care treatments, including IV therapy.
  • Educate patients and their families on medical-surgical procedures and disease processes.
  • Assist with new patient examinations, perform diagnostic testing, administer medications, and place IV catheters.

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