Med/surg nursing remains one of the largest growing specialties in the nursing profession, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. “With so much care being given in hospitals, the need for med/surg nurses will only increase,” said labor department job analyst Jonathan Baker in the article written by Marco Buscaglia.
The position pays an average annual salary of $75,000, and includes assessing patients, coordinating hands-on care, coordination, medication and IVS and education patients and their families, according to the article.
Joanne Corrigan, who worked as a nursing supervisor for more than 30 years at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., said new graduates from nursing school should consider applying for med/surg jobs. “You work hard and you gain a large amount of experience. There’s so much to think of and assess when you’re working on a med/surg floor, and everything you do is critical to your patient’s recovery,” Corrigan said in the article.
“Med/surg nurses don’t get the credit or the glory, but they’re the ones who kept you alive,” she continued. “They’re the ones who kept track of you and made sure you were staying on track so you could move on to the next phase of your recovery.”
Medical/surgical nurses are the largest group of practicing professionals and one of the most demanding in the nursing profession, according to the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
One of the rewards of working in the med/surg field is that though roles change daily, the nurse is “always connected to the patient,” Jane Micek, a healthcare career consultant in Pasadena, Calif, said in the article.
Med/surg nursing opportunities are available not only in hospitals, but also in clinics, ambulatory care units, home healthcare facilities, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing homes, urgent care centers, surgical centers and universities, according to the AMSN. The U.S. Department of Labor said nearly 20% of all nurses worked as med/surg nurses at some point in their career.
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