What is Medical-Surgical Nursing?
Medical-Surgical Nursing is described as a challenging yet rewarding career. In a nutshell, a Medical-Surgical Nurse will manage 5-7 patients beginning with admitting them all the way through to their discharge. Every single work day.
A Medical-Surgical Nurse is knowledgeable about all aspects of adult healthcare. They can prioritize their patients based on need and consider their patients to be a top priority. The Medical-Surgical Nurse manages patients of all ages and diagnoses. They educate the patients families as to what needs to be done once they are discharged from the hospital or help make end-of-life decisions when the families need them to.
Medical-Surgical Nurses work in hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, ambulatory care units, surgical centers, universities, and nursing homes. Most adults will have been under the care of a Medical-Surgical Nurse at some point in their lives.
What Kind of Salary and Job Outlook Is There For Medical-Surgical Nurses?
The average salary range for a Medical-Surgical Nurse is $65,400-$67,100 annually. Nursing jobs, on a whole, are generally paid by experience and level of education. The more degrees and certifications you have, the higher your salary will be. It is also based on where you work, both geographically and location. Medical-Surgical Nursing tends to pay well in most states.
The job outlook for all RN’s is 16% through 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is much faster than all other occupations.