Orthopedic is a branch of medicine that deals with the health of the entire musculoskeletal system. One of the most important healthcare professional in an orthopedic department is an orthopedic nurse.
Orthopedic nurses are healthcare professionals who treat illnesses and injuries that mainly affect the bones or muscles. These professionals provide care for patients suffering from arthritis, injuries, fracture, and osteoporosis including birth defects which may affect the bone or muscles and care for patients undergoing a joint-replacement surgery.
Orthopedic nurses are employed in an array of locations which includes specialty and general hospitals, orthopedists’ offices, outpatient/rehabilitation centers and home health agencies. Orthopedic nurses may perform different activities according to the patient’s musculoskeletal problems like inserting IVs, administering medications, monitoring site of injury or surgery and wound dressing or sound care.
In order to become an orthopedic nurse, it is beneficial to obtain a RN (registered nurse) program, a 2 year associate’s degree in nursing, 3 years hospital training or a 4 year bachelor’s program in nursing. Aspiring candidates should pass a written exam in order to gain a RN license in the particular state.
According to United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average salary for an orthopedic nurse is about $72,000 per annum. A Job prospect for registered nurse is expected to increase by 18% between 2006 and 2018.
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