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Name: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nurse
Description: Cares for patients undergoing cosmetic and maxillofacial surgery, laser and microsurgery, and nonsurgical treatments to correct aesthetic problems
Diagnoses: Skin lesions and tumors, congenital deformities, facial fractures, burns, ulcers, varicose veins, reconstruction after cancer surgery
Practice roles: Staff nurse, scrub nurse, nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator, director, nurse educator, research nurse
Characteristics: Hands-on patient care, treatment, and teaching; perioperative and postoperative care, patient joy and gratitude
Client age group: All ages
Drawbacks: Difficult patient contacts, misconceptions about results
Desirable skills: Effective communication skills, sensitivity to client's needs, positive attitude
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office practices
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