Surgical Nurse at a Glance

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Best States for Surgical Nurse

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Mississippi 28,200 $57,740 $28
Rhode Island 11,840 $73,070 $35
South Dakota 11,030 $52,800 $25


Becoming a Surgical Nurse

To become a surgical nurse, all candidates must complete an approved nursing program. The most traditional education routes include the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), the associate degree in nursing (ADN), and the nursing diploma. During nursing school, students will take a variety of science and nursing courses that provide the technical knowledge and procedural skills needed to be a successful registered nurse.

In addition to taking career preparation courses, nursing students will also complete several supervised clinical practicums. Pediatrics, gerontology, psychiatric and mental health, and surgery are just a few health care specialties represented in clinical course work. Not only do clinical rotations provide real-world nursing experience, but they also give students a chance to find their niche. Below is a list of common nursing school courses:

  • Concepts and Clinical Competencies
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Promoting Wellness in the Aging Family

All surgical nurses start off as licensed registered nurses. To obtain licensure, graduates must take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Those who want surgical nurse jobs need at least two years of practice as an RN, particularly within critical or intensive care and involving surgical patients. Once you've completed the certification eligibility criteria, you can sit for the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) exam. Obtaining this highly respected credential can significantly increase your job opportunities and marketability in the medical-surgical field.