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Orthopedic Nurse

An Orthopedic or Orthopaedic Nurse takes care of people with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, like arthritis, fractures, broken bones, joint replacements, and osteoporosis.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Attributes
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 may also be trained to help patients with musculoskeletal problems by using therapeutic treatments such as casting and traction
Nursing bag, medication, and signs cartoon graphic
What you’ll do

Assistance

You’ll assist doctors with surgery and help patients regain their mobility and strength during recovery.

Education

You’ll teach patients and families about musculoskeletal disease and how to recuperate at home from surgery or injury.

Pain management

You’ll assess, administer, and monitor pain medications.

Treatment

You’ll treat injuries with wound dressing or casting.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory infusions centers
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care centers
How to become an Orthopedic Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN.

03

Work as a Registered Nurse.

Gain 1,000 hours’ experience in Orthopedics

04

Pass your Orthopaedic Nurse Certification exam through the Orthopaedic Nurse certification Board.

05

You’re ready to work as an Orthopaedic Nurse.

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