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Gastroenterology Nurse

A Gastroenterology or Endoscopy Nurse works with patients who have illnesses or disorders related to the digestive system or gastrointestinal tract.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Independent
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Out-of-hospital
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll work with nutritionists and home care specialists, and you’ll assist doctors during conscious sedation and procedures such as colonoscopies.
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What you’ll do

Collaboration

You’ll liaise with other medical staff to make sure patients receive the best possible care.

Education

You’ll teach patients on how to control their symptoms through diet.

Treatment

You’ll help patients control their pain.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private practices
  • Surgery centers
How to become a Gastroenterology Nurse

01

Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN.

03

Work as a Registered Nurse in gastroenterology for at least two years.

04

Pass the Certified Gastroenterology Specialty Nurse exam through the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses.

05

You’re ready to work as a Gastroenterology Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Gastroenterology Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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