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Medical-Surgical Nurse

A Medical-Surgical Nurse has extensive knowledge that can assist doctors on the medical-surgical floor of a hospital.
Required education
Average Annual Salary
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Higher salary
Earn more by having advanced skills and responsibilities.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll thrive on working in a challenging, fast-paced environment where every case is different. You’ll multi-task and make split-second decisions that’ll save lives.
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What you’ll do


You’ll constantly increase your knowledge through hands-on experience and continuing education.


You’ll assess patients and coordinate their care with other members of their medical team under the supervision of a manager or charge nurse.

Where you’ll work
  • Inpatient clinics
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Surgical centers
  • Patients’ homes
How to become a Medical-Surgical Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse for two years or spend 2,000 hours in Medical-Surgical.


Pass your Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse exam through the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board.


You’re ready to work as a Medical Surgical Nurse.

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