Orthopedics is an area of nursing expertise that allows registered nurses (RNs) to assist patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Typical orthopedic issues often include bone breaks and fractures, joint replacement surgeries, and chronic issues like loss of bone density or lupus. Orthopedic nurses are specially trained and licensed to assist patients with these specific ailments.
Many nurses or nursing students may be interested in a career as an orthopaedic nurse. Because orthopedic nursing is a specialty, there is more training required to be an orthopedic nurse than to become an RN. Although more training is required, this should not deter skilled RNs from considering becoming licensed. In order to become a licensed orthopaedic nurse, you must obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing and then pass your national council licensure exam (NCLEX). This enables you to work as an RN in a wide range of fields and locations.
As an RN, you are required to obtain two year’s work experience before you are able to train and test to become a certified orthopedic nurse. Once you have two year’s work experiences completed, you are eligible to study for and take the orthopedic nurse certification exam. If you pass the exam, you receive your license as an orthopedic nurse and are able to accept orthopaedic specific positions.
If you are currently a licensed orthopaedic nurse, you may be eligible to apply for and accept orthopedic travel nursing positions and opportunities. Travel nurses are able to choose the city in which they would like to work, as well as designate the specific specialty that they would like to focus on as well. There are many orthopaedic nursing jobs currently available, and hospitals and other medical facilities are currently understaffed and generally in great need for nurses of all types and specialties.
Orthopedic nursing jobs offer the opportunity to work and train with professionals and further your nursing skills. If you are looking for a nursing job or are interested in a change of nursing specialty, consider applying for an orthopedic travel nursing job.