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Become A Thoracic Surgeon

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Working As A Thoracic Surgeon

  • 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

  • $299,998

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Thoracic Surgeon does

  • Implemented protocols for all clinical procedures including scheduling new patients, follow ups and referral appointments.
  • Roomed patients, checked vitals, verified meds, H+P on new patients, EKG as requested by provider.
  • Assisted with all aspects of patient care.
  • Learn anatomy of the lungs, bronchial tubes, and esophagus Observe various procedures related to lung, and esophageal cancer
  • Implemented the following technologies, still in use today * Epicore MAZE Device * Cardiogenesis TMLR Laser * Cerebral Oximetry
  • Obtained medication refill requests, maintained rapport and communication with staff, patients and outside provider facilities.
  • Served as a Member of the Benefis Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute

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How To Become A Thoracic Surgeon

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.

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Real Thoracic Surgeon Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Heart Transplant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Spectrum Health Hospitals Grand Rapids, MI Aug 31, 2010 $750,000
BC Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon Northeast Arkansas Clinic Charitable Foundation Jonesboro, AR Jan 05, 2016 $600,000
BC Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon Northeast Arkansas Clinic Charitable Foundation Jonesboro, AR Jan 07, 2016 $600,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Jul 01, 2012 $600,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Jul 01, 2015 $600,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Altru Health System Grand Forks, ND Oct 06, 2014 $600,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Spectrum Health Primary Care Partners Grand Rapids, MI Aug 06, 2015 $540,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Phoebe Physician Group, Inc. Albany, GA Jan 07, 2016 $450,000
Thoracic Surgeon Umass Memorial Medical Group, Inc. Fitchburg, MA Sep 28, 2012 $380,000
Thoracic Surgeon Umass Memorial Medical Group, Inc. Worcester, MA Sep 28, 2012 $380,000
Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgeon HHC Physicianscare, Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 01, 2013 $375,000
Non-Cardiac Thoracic Surgeon Hartford Clinical Associates Hartford, CT Jan 01, 2013 $375,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates, P.C. Mobile, AL Jul 31, 2016 $360,000
Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon Southern Illinois Medical Services Carbondale, IL Dec 11, 2015 $325,000 -
$500,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Saint Vincent Health Center Erie, PA Aug 01, 2010 $325,000
Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon Southern Illinois Medical Services Carbondale, IL Oct 15, 2012 $300,000 -
$650,000
Pedriatic Thoracic Surgeon University Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists, Inc. Memphis, TN May 28, 2012 $300,000
General Thoracic Surgeon Clinch Valley Medical Center Richlands, VA Oct 16, 2007 $300,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Anniston, AL Aug 18, 2010 $300,000
Thoracic Surgeon Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 09, 2012 $299,998
Thoracic Surgeon Northeast Medical Group, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 12, 2012 $299,998
Staff Thoracic Surgeon Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Jul 19, 2013 $263,267
Pediatric Thoracic Surgeon Ut Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists Memphis, TN Jun 27, 2012 $255,000
Thoracic Surgeon Department of Veterans Affairs Salisbury, NC Jul 22, 2011 $254,436
Thoracic Surgeon/Physician Hospital of Saint Raphael New Haven, CT Jan 01, 2011 $250,000
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates Mobile, AL Aug 01, 2013 $250,000

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Top Skills for A Thoracic Surgeon

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Top Thoracic Surgeon Skills

  1. Heart
  2. Cerebral Oximetry
  3. Surgical Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as a Member of the Benefis Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Implemented the following technologies, still in use today * Epicore MAZE Device * Cardiogenesis TMLR Laser * Cerebral Oximetry
  • Assisted with all aspects of patient care.
  • Roomed patients, checked vitals, verified meds, H+P on new patients, EKG as requested by provider.
  • Obtained medication refill requests, maintained rapport and communication with staff, patients and outside provider facilities.

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