Medical / Surgical

If you have ever been hospitalized or visited a patient in the hospital, the nurse who cared for you or your loved one was most likely a Medical-Surgical Nurse.

Medical-Surgical nursing is the single largest nursing specialty in the United States. Registered nurses in this specialty practice assist primarily on hospital units. They care for patients who are acutely ill with a wide variety of medical problems and diseases or who are recovering from surgery.

The most distinguishing characteristic of a Medical-Surgical nurse is that they are master coordinators. They are the orchestra conductors, the movie producers, and the air traffic controllers of their hospital units. As such, these nurses are some of the most skilled and cool-headed multitaskers you will ever meet. At any moment a Medical-Surgical nurse is juggling care for several patients - administering medications, educating families, discharging patents and admitting new ones, all while keeping the entire health care team on the same page.

Medical-Surgical nurses are the go-to health care professionals on their units. These nurses have high-level critical thinking skills, a vast knowledge of disease states and body systems, robust management skills, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. They are always in motion physically, clinically, intellectually, and emotionally.

Another unique aspect of the specialty: Medical-Surgical nurses are well educated in the workings of all body systems and are familiar with a sweeping number of illnesses. They never know what complex disease states their next patient may have, thus requiring the need to be ready and prepared for anything and everything.

When Medical-Surgical nurses talk about their practice, their pride and passion is evident. Medical-Surgical nurses coordinate and innovate patient care every day. They apply sophisticated skills to help reduce hospital readmissions and prevent complications, like falls and pressure ulcers. They are the frontline providers who have more face time with patients than any other professional in the hospital, while also planning care, listening to concerns, and answering questions for their patients and loved ones.

There are currently several Registered Nurses at Littleton Regional Healthcare who are certified in Medical-Surgical nursing. Littleton Regional Healthcare is proud of the nurses who have taken the extra step to validate their knowledge and skills by becoming certified in their specialty field. The Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN or RN-BC) recognizes that the highest standards of Medical-Surgical nursing practice have been achieved.

Source: "What Is Medical-Surgical Nursing?" Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, 21 March 2017.

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