|1.||Basic description —Orthopedic nurses care for patients of all ages with actual and potential muscular skeletal injuries and conditions. An orthopedic nurse may provide assessments and educate patients about braces, prosthetics, and other orthopedic equipment. The nurse must be interested in the care of patients before and after surgery involving the muscular skeletal system such as total hip replacement, arthroscopy, total knee replacement, or spinal surgery. Orthopedic nursing is full of opportunities for dedicated and highly skilled nurses who want to work with patients with orthopedic conditions. Work settings include sports medicine clinics, sports franchises, hospitals, clinics, and day surgery centers.|
|2.||Educational requirements—RN preparation. The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board provides a credentialing mechanism that validates proficiency in orthopedic nursing practice. Candidates who meet the following criteria are eligible to take the examination: Currently licensed as a registered nurse, 2 years of professional nursing practice, and minimum of 1,000 hours of work experience in orthopedic nursing within the last 3 years.|
|3.||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|4.||Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and geographic location.|
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Publication information: Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing. Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 128.
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