Medical/Surgical Jobs in NJ
Medical-surgical nurses provide care to adults with a variety of medical issues or who are preparing for/recovering from surgery. Their broad knowledge base, leadership skills and advanced organizational, prioritization and communication skills allow them to coordinate care among the interprofessional health care team.
A medical-surgical nurse practices in a variety of settings, including hospitals, physician offices, outpatient facilities, and homes. Medical staff nurses also practice via telemedicine or other nontraditional settings.
A surgical or perioperative nursing training program generally takes two to five years, depending on the number of credits you can transfer and whether you work full or part-time.
Like most RNs, med-surg nurses have a great deal of autonomy. However, the care team in this setting includes an extensive number of medical practitioners and other health care professions that are essential to patient outcomes. Effective collaboration and communication are essential to these positive patient outcomes.
According to statistics reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of nursing continues to grow steadily. In fact, BLS predicts the profession will grow 7% between 2011 and 2020. As with other jobs, a nurse's paycheck will vary depending on location, experience, education, and facility. However, according to the 2012 salary report from Salary.com, the average registered nurse with 5 years' experience could expect to earn $77,000/year.