How to Become a Medical-Surgical Nurse: Career Guide
Pathways to Becoming a Medical-Surgical Nurse
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN)
RN to BSN
Direct-Entry Master’s in Nursing (MSN)
Master’s in Nursing (MSN)
Should I Become a Medical-Surgical Nurse?
Medical-Surgical Nurse Certifications
Medical-Surgical Nurse Resources
Related Nursing Careers
Medical-surgical nurses deliver care for adults with various medical issues or who are preparing for or recovering from surgery.
A surgical nurse cares for patients before, during and after surgery. Some nurses prep the patient, while others are in the operating room assisting the surgeon. After the procedure, post-anesthesia care is critical for the patient’s recovery.
A surgical nurse may work in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, plastic surgeon’s office and clinics or physicians’ offices that conduct invasive procedures.
The surgical tech prepares the patient and the operating room for surgery. Surgical nurses may perform many of the same duties. However, surgical techs are not registered nurses, so they do not have the ability to work in departments outside the operating room. Surgical techs are not licensed like RNs are.