Medical/Surgical Jobs in WA
Medical-surgical nurses are the largest group of nurses in the United States and beyond, providing care to patients with a variety of medical issues or who are preparing for or recovering from surgery. Medical-surgical nurses have advanced organizational, prioritization, assessment, and communication skills and are experts in coordinating care among members of interprofessional health care team.
Medical-surgical nursing is a practice area or specialty of nursing; it happens in many health care settings, such as hospitals, outpatient facilities and clinics, and in the patient's home or community.
To become a surgical or perioperative nurse, you will need to complete nursing school. In general, you can expect to spend from 2 to 5 years in school, depending on where you are in your nursing education, the number of credits you can transfer into the program, and whether you choose to attend full or part time.
As with most registered nurses (RNs), med-surg nurses are highly autonomous. To accommodate multiple patient care needs and medical conditions, however, a multidisciplinary team often works together to provide the best patient care. These care team members may include the primary care physician (PCP), an internist, an anesthesiologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, technicians, and social work.
As the field of nursing continues to grow, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so does the average income for med-surg registered nurses—approximately $77,000/year.